Easy Chinese BBQ Pork Tenderloin

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Chinese BBQ Pork Tenderloin sliced on board with sesame seeds and cup of sauce.  It's sweet, tangy, salty, nutty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious!  It's also easy to make!  Marinade ahead and then roast in the oven.

Sweet, tangy, salty, nutty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious! This Chinese BBQ Pork tenderloin is absolutely the most easy and amazing recipe! Just a few prepared ingredients and a few fresh, plus some rice and veggies and you can have this Sweet & Savory Chinese BBQ Pork Dinner this week!

SIMPLE & FLAVORFUL

Easy dinners mean simple, accessible ingredients with big flavor.  That’s where this recipe really shines.  First, pork tenderloin is a lean protein that cooks up in the oven so simply within 25 minutes.  Second, the ingredients are ones that you can keep on hand in the pantry until you open them and then store them in the fridge.  

In terms of BIG flavor, the ingredients here definitely deliver!  Sweet Chili Sauce, Sesame Oil, Garlic, Ginger, and Ketchup!  I mean this recipe screams flavor!

Ok, let’s get to cooking!

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR CHINESE BBQ PORK 

I mean, does it get much easier than tossing all of the ingredients in a bowl and then pouring over the pork to marinate for 4-24 hours?  That’s it!  That’s your prep.  Ok, so there are a couple mincing steps, BUT, you can do those in bulk and store in the freezer for use for meals over several months!  Check out my Printable Freezer Hacks Cheat Sheet for more like this by CLICKING HERE!

Mince the garlic and the ginger.  Measure and add the other ingredients to the bowl.  Then whisk everything together.

Ingredients in bowls for Chinese BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin.  It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious!  It's also easy to make!  #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce

Ketchup, Sweet Chilli Sauce, & Soy Sauce in bowl for Chinese BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin.  It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious!  It's also easy to make!  #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce

Hand adding ingredients to bowl for Chinese BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin.  It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious!  It's also easy to make!  #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce

Hand adding ingredients to bowl for Chinese BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin.  It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious!  It's also easy to make!  #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce

Next, place the pork tenderloin in a storage container or bag.  Pour between one-third to one-half of the Chinese BBQ sauce over the pork.  Save the remaining sauce for after the pork is cooked.  

Marinate the pork sealed in the container in the fridge for 1 hour up to 24 hours.

Raw Pork Tenderloin in storage bag for Chinese BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin.  It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious!  It's also easy to make!  #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce

Raw Pork Tenderloin marinating in storage bag for Chinese BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin.  It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious!  It's also easy to make!  #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce

COOK YOUR CHINESE BBQ PORK TENDERLOIN

Place the marinated pork tenderloin on an oiled sheet pan.  Bake in a 400 degree F oven for 20-25 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145F degrees in the center.

While the pork is cooking, place the remaining sauce in a small sauce pot with 2 tablespoons of water.  Bring to a simmer, then turn off the heat.

Raw Pork Tenderloin with sauce on pan for Chinese BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin.  It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious!  It's also easy to make!  #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce

Because you have sugar from the sweet chili sauce and ketchup, you will see sauce charred on the sheet pan.  Let the pork rest on the pan for at least 5 minutes, up to 10 minutes. 

After the pork has rested, you can slice it.  

Cooked Chinese BBQ Pork Tenderloin.  It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious!  It's also easy to make!  #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce

Cooked and sliced Chinese BBQ Pork Tenderloin.  It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious!  It's also easy to make!  #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauceYou have a couple options for the sauce at this point.  If you want to use the charred sauce on the pan, pour any juices from the pork onto the pan with a tablespoon of the simmered sauce and then whisk everything to get any of the loose charred bits up.  Then pour it all into the remaining sauce in the pot and mix to combine.  Serve the sauce on the side.

I like to serve this pork with some stir fry veggies, like onions, broccoli, carrots, and peppers.  On the side, either white rice or rice noodles.

That’s it!  ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Easy Chinese BBQ Pork Tenderloin

Sweet, tangy, salty, nutty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious! This Chinese BBQ Pork Tenderloin is absolutely the most easy and amazing recipe! Just a few prepared ingredients and a few fresh, plus some rice and veggies and you can have this Sweet & Savory Chinese BBQ Pork Dinner this week! #familydinner #porktenderloinrecipes #porkloinrecipes #bbq #bbqsauce

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword BBQ, chicken dinner, pork, pork tenderloin
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Sweet Chili Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Ginger, minced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced 
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 lb Pork Tenderloin
  • 2 tbsp Sesame Seeds for Garnish

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Steps

  1. Mince the garlic and the ginger.  Measure out all of the ingredients except for the sesame seeds and add them to the bowl, along with the garlic and ginger.  Then whisk everything together.

    Hand adding ingredients to bowl for Chinese BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin. It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious! It's also easy to make! #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce
  2. Place the pork tenderloin in a storage container or bag.  Pour between one-third to one-half of the Chinese BBQ sauce over the pork.  (Save the remaining sauce for after the pork is cooked.) Rub the sauce all over the pork so it is entirely covered. Marinate the pork sealed in the container in the fridge for 1 hour up to 24 hours.

    Raw Pork Tenderloin marinating in storage bag for Chinese BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin. It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious! It's also easy to make! #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce

Cook

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees. Place the marinated pork tenderloin on an oiled sheet pan and bake on center rack for 20-25 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145F degrees in the center. Let the pork rest for 5-10 minutes so that the juices redistribute.

    Raw Pork Tenderloin with sauce on pan for Chinese BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin. It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious! It's also easy to make! #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce
  2. While the pork is cooking, place the remaining sauce in a small sauce pot and mix in 2 tablespoons of water.  Bring to a simmer, then turn off the heat.

  3. Also while the pork is cooking, toast the sesame seeds in a dry frying pan on medium heat. Stir constantly so they don't burn and remove from the heat as soon as you start to smell them. This only takes a couple minutes.

  4. After the pork has rested, slice it into 6-8 slices and garnish with the toasted sesame seeds.

    Cooked and sliced Chinese BBQ Pork Tenderloin. It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious! It's also easy to make! #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce
  5. You have a couple options for the sauce at this point.  If you want to use the charred sauce on the pan, transfer the pork to a platter. Pour any juices from the sliced pork onto the pan with a tablespoon of the simmered sauce and then whisk everything to get any of the loose charred bits up.  Then pour it all into the remaining sauce in the pot and mix to combine.  Serve the sauce on the side.

    Chinese BBQ Pork Tenderloin sliced on board with sesame seeds and cup of sauce. It's sweet, tangy, salty, nutty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious! It's also easy to make! Marinade ahead and then roast in the oven.

 

Five 5-Ingredient Dinners You Can Freeze with Grocery List

When life deals you a tough hand, such as – just throwing this out there as an example – a Pandemic-forcing-you-to-change-your-life-and-stay-inside-your-home 🙄, it’s an opportunity to simplify and focus on the positive.  One positive is that you can have more dinners with your family!  To help you plan, prepare, and serve EASY family dinners, here I have 5-Ingredient Dinners that can be frozen WITH a Grocery List!  

When it comes to dinners, look to comforting and simple, not fancy and complicated.  You may not be able to get to the grocery store often, so simple ingredients and dinners that you can freeze ahead are so important to your sanity.  These 5-Ingredient Dinners are perfect for this.  

5-Ingredient Dinners You Can Freeze!

When it comes to simple dinners, leaning on your pantry and freezer can be a huge help!  For each of the 5-Ingredient Dinners below, I have added in freezer instructions.  Make sure that you label anything that you place in the freezer with the following information:

  • Name/Description – try to label as detailed as possible
  • Ingredients – 4 months later, you may not remember what you put into that sauce
  • Date – this should be the date that you place it into the freezer

But the freezer can be used for so much more than storing fully prepared casseroles and meals!  The freezer can be a huge friend in the kitchen, helping you to keep fresh veggies, meats, and so much more on hand.  Be sure to check out the full printable cheat sheet with 10 Freezer Hacks to make easy dinners!

5 Recipes, 5 Ingredients Each, 1 Grocery List

Because you can so easily make all of these recipes and freeze them, I’ve gone ahead and prepared a consolidated grocery list here for you!  Please note, I have not included Salt, Pepper, or Olive Oil in the ‘5-Ingredients’.  I have also listed a couple ingredients as optional.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD LISTS

Five, 5-Ingredient Dinners you can freeze with grocery list Five, 5-Ingredient Dinners you can freeze with grocery list

 

Your 5-Ingredient Dinners

1.  Easy Meatloaf without Breadcrumbs!

Close up picture of sliced meatloaf with ketchup on top. This 5-Ingredient Easy Meatloaf recipe may be short on ingredients, but it is loaded with flavor. The lack of breadcrumbs means you don't have them soaking up the juices, so the meat stays moist - and it's gluten free too! Parmesan cheese, onion, egg, ketchup, salt, and pepper are all that go into this yummy loaf of goodness!

This 5-Ingredient Easy Meatloaf recipe may be short on ingredients, but it is loaded with flavor. The lack of breadcrumbs means you don’t have them soaking up the juices, so the meat stays moist – and it’s gluten free too! Parmesan cheese, onion, egg, ketchup, salt, and pepper are all that go into this yummy loaf of goodness!

Freezer:  Meatloaf freezes so well raw.  For this recipe, simply double the ingredients and make 2 meatloaves.  Cook one to enjoy right away.  Make the second meatloaf and freeze raw.  It will last up to 4 months in the freezer.  When you go to cook the frozen meatloaf, place it directly into the oven from freezer.  Add 20-30 minutes to the cooking time.  Use a thermometer to ensure the center is cooked to 160 F degrees.

 2. Pancetta, Parmesan, & Pepper Pasta

Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta on plate with fork holding bite. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

This 30-Minute Quick & Easy Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta is a creamy, peppery, and absolutely delicious pantry dinner.  The Pancetta is diced to give a salty and slightly peppery flavor and meatiness in every bite. The Parmesan cheese creates this nutty, salty, and creamy sauce coating every piece of pasta. And last, but not least, the ground black pepper gives that peppery flavor that really makes this pasta stand out.

Freezer:  For this recipe, rather than freeze the entire dish, you will be freezing some of the ingredients so that you can make it anytime!  The Pancetta (diced), Grated Parmesan Cheese, and Minced Garlic can all be frozen separately.  When you go to cook this recipe, the pancetta and minced garlic can added to the hot pan directly from the freezer.  The parmesan cheese just needs to be loosened a bit in it’s container by either shaking it or using a fork. 

3.  Chicken & Cheese Corn Tortilla Quesadillas

Hand holding Chicken Corn Tortilla Quesadilla triangle with melty cheese pulling. They have crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and are mouthwatering flavor. They have hearty shredded chicken flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar is layered to get melty and oozy and delicious. It's an irresistible new easy dinner or appetizer idea. #quesadillas #mexicanfood #enchiladas #familydinner #chicken

If Chicken Enchiladas and Cheese Quesadillas had a baby, it would be these incredible Corn Tortilla Quesadillas! With crispy edges, a soft gooey center, and mouthwatering flavor, they will become your new obsession. I filled these with hearty shredded chicken, flavored with warm and smoky Mexican spices. Then layered in shredded Pepper Jack cheese and Cheddar that gets so melty and oozy and delicious.

Freezer:  For these quesadillas, you can assemble them and then freeze them flat on a sheet pan.  Once frozen, I wrap them individually in aluminum foil so that they don’t stick together.  Then cook them directly from freezer without thawing them first.  You may need to add 5-10 minutes to the cooking time to ensure that they get crispy on the outside.

4.  Easy Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken

Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken cooked and sliced on a plate with rice and cilantro. It is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, it takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!! #chicken #marinades #easydinner #easychicken #chickenrecipes #easysauces #healthydinner #healthyfood #healthyrecipes

This EASY Sesame Sweet Chili Chicken is quick to make and mouth wateringly yummy! The fantastic marinade and sauce is slightly sweet, tangy, savory, nutty, with a touch of heat. You can prepare it days ahead, tt takes just minutes to prepare, minutes to cook, and everyone will love it!!

Freezer:  The fantastic thing about this recipe is that you can make tons of the marinade and portion it out to freeze with the chicken for several dinners!  Be sure to freeze the chicken flat and try not to squish the chicken together.  If the chicken breasts freeze separately, they will thaw faster and more evenly.  When you want to cook it for dinner, transfer the frozen raw chicken to the fridge to thaw 24 hours in advance.  When thawed, simply follow the cooking instructions in the recipe.

5.  Super Cheesy Cauliflower Rice

Welcome to my new favorite comfort food with a healthy twist: Cheesy Cauliflower Rice.  If Mac and Cheese met Cauliflower, fell in love and had a baby, it would be this Cheesy Cauliflower Rice. This recipe is so simple with just the flavors from the cauliflower - plus a few other things to help it come together.

This is one of my favorite comfort foods with a healthy twist: Super Cheesy Cauliflower Rice. If Mac and Cheese met Cauliflower, fell in love and had a baby, it would be this Cheesy Cauliflower Rice. It’s so good that I didn’t even get fancy here by adding any other flavors. You get cauliflower and cheese…plus some other ingredients to help it get it on. This Cheesy Cauliflower Rice is a delicious gluten free, low-carb alternative to a pasta or rice side dish.

Freezer:  Make this entire recipe and freeze it!  It’s that simple :).  Then thaw it in the fridge overnight and warm it up in the oven 350 F degrees, on the stove in a covered pot on low heat with a half cup of water, or in the microwave.  If you find that it has a bit too much liquid when reheated, you can add some parmesan cheese or shredded cheese to help thicken it.  You can also mix in some cornstarch, but be sure to cook the dish for at least another 5 minutes.