Island Glazed Pork Tenderloin with a sweet and spicy island-inspired glaze! The flavors of cinnamon, cumin, chili powder, garlic, brown sugar, and a little bit of heat all come together in one delightfully delicious glaze over tender, melt-in-your-mouth pork tenderloin.
This is one of the most amazing dishes to ever be created in my kitchen. And I’m not just talking about my new almost 1-month-old kitchen, because obviously that would mean I’m only comparing to what I’ve been whipping up in the last few weeks. I’m talking about any kitchen I’ve ever prepared food in. This dish, it’s at the very very top of the “Most Amazing Dinner Meals Ever to Happen” list.
I know, you’re like – okay we get it lady, it’s really yummy or something, get on with it already! But I just can’t. Because I don’t think you’re fully grasping the amazingness of it all. The thing is, this pork tenderloin looks juicy right? And it looks pretty. Maybe even kind of fancy? And that sauce looks sort of fantastic doesn’t it?
Well those are not tricks my friends, that is just purely juicy, pretty, saucy, incredibly yummy goodness happening in a kitchen just like yours. And it’s EASY. Easy enough it will likely become your number one go-to dish for impressing anyone and everyone who ever comes to partake of food at your dinner table!
WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN ISLAND GLAZED PORK TENDERLOIN?
Below are all the ingredients you need for this entire pork tenderloin recipe. I mean, 9 little ingredients (and that’s IF you count salt and pepper, which that’s a big IF) for this delicious pork tenderloin that makes you feel like you’re at some kind of Hawaiian luau or something? Done and done!
- Pork tenderloin (two small or one medium-large)
- Olive oil
- Salt and black pepper
- Chili powder
- Brown sugar
- Minced garlic
- Sriracha sauce or hot sauce
HOW DO YOU MAKE THIS DISH?
Okay so if you’re actually not in Hawaii right now being served this delicious dish, I guess you’re going to have to make it yourself. Which is a-okay because it’s so easy and worth it!
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, then drizzle an oven-safe pan or skillet (such as a cast-iron skillet) with the olive oil and preheat it a bit on the stove over medium-high heat til the oil is hot.
Then, whisk together all of the rub ingredients. Sprinkle the rub mixture all over the tenderloin and use your fingers to massage it into the meat a bit. Take the dry rubbed tenderloin and place it into the warmed up skillet and allow to brown for 3-4 minutes, turning the meat throughout to sear on all sides.
While it’s browning, you can mix the glaze ingredients together and spread mixture over the tenderloin when the browning part is done. Transfer the whole loin into the preheated oven and bake for about 20 minutes or so, until it’s cooked through. If you’re using a meat thermometer, it should read 145 degrees at its thickest part, then you’ll know it’s done for sure.
Cut the tenderloin into 1-inch thick slices and use a spoon to drizzle the glaze from the pan all over the tenderloin just before serving.
TIPS & TRICKS FOR MAKING PERFECT PORK TENDERLOIN
- Sriracha is an Asian hot chili sauce that can be found in the Asian section of most grocery stores. I definitely recommend the sriracha over hot sauce unless you’re in a pinch and that’s all you have. Sriracha just goes with the whole island glaze flavors.
- If you don’t have an oven-safe skillet, you can sear the tenderloin in a regular skillet, then transfer the tenderloin to a greased, rimmed baking pan or casserole dish for the baking portion.
- If you’re using two smaller tenderloins, you can sear and cook them in the same pan, they should both add up to about the size of one large tenderloin.
- I like to let the pork rest for about 5 minutes before cutting, this allows the juices to settle back into the meat so that it doesn’t all run out right after cooking it, leaving it dryer than you expected.
- If you don’t have dark brown sugar, light brown sugar will work too.
- Any leftovers will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days, or in the freezer in an airtight container or Ziploc bag for up to three months.
Island Glazed Pork Tenderloin
- 1 - 1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin (two small or one medium-large tenderloin)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce (see note) OR hot sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drizzle an oven-safe pan or skillet (such as a cast-iron skillet) with the olive oil and preheat on the stove over medium-high heat til the oil is hot. (See notes for alternative cooking option)
- Whisk together all rub ingredients. Sprinkle the rub mixture all over the tenderloin and use your fingers to massage into the meat.
- Place tenderloin in skillet and allow to brown for 3-4 minutes, turning the meat throughout to sear on all sides.
- Mix the glaze ingredients together and spread mixture over the tenderloin. Transfer to preheated oven and bake for about 20 minutes until cooked through.
- Cut tenderloin into 1-inch thick slices. Use a spoon to drizzle the glaze from the pan all over the tenderloin just before serving.
Recipe originally posted September 2015, updated April 2020 with new photos and copy, recipe remains unchanged.