Honey Garlic Roasted Pork Tenderloin

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Honey Garlic Roasted Pork Tenderloin is the perfect weeknight meal. Seasoned with a simple, yet amazing rub and then topped with a sensational honey garlic sauce, the taste will melt in your mouth.

If you love pork or are looking for a delicious new way to cook it up, this recipe is all you need.

The flavor this Honey Garlic Roasted Pork Tenderloin has is so amazing, you won’t want to stop eating it! Is it addicting? Yes it is!

Honey Garlic Roasted Pork Tenderloin in a skillet


Honey Garlic Roasted Pork Tenderloin


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The honey garlic sauce is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy, coupled with the rub that is used to flavor the pork, you won’t want to miss a bite. Pork has a tendency to dry out, but this roasted pork tenderloin will WOW you, not only with flavor, with how juicy and tender it is. Seriously, it’s melt in your mouth delicious.

What is a pork tenderloin?

  • A pork tenderloin is a long, thin cut of meat that is small in width.
  • Pork tenderloins are a lean cut of meat, with low amount of fat which are great for grilling and roasting.

The homemade sauce being applied to the Honey Garlic Roasted Pork Tenderloin

This Honey Garlic Roasted Pork Tenderloin is one of the easiest recipes I have made. All you have to do is mix together a simple rub to season the pork with and then sear it on all sides to get a nice golden brown color, then pop it in the oven to cook. Once it’s done serve it along side some Herb Garlic Butter Smashed Potatoes, Garlic Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts, or Oven Roasted Asparagus.

How long do you cook pork tenderloin in the oven?

It’ll take about 20 minutes to bake your pork tenderloin once it’s been seared! The trick to a great pork tenderloin is a quick sear followed by a nice hot oven! This gives a great crust while keeping the inside tender and juicy! Preheat the oven to 400°F and quickly sear your seasoned pork.

Place the skillet into the oven for 20 minutes and remember to leave it rest for at least 5 minutes before serving!

How do you make honey garlic sauce?

Honey Garlic Sauce is a delicious and slightly sweet sauce, perfect for almost any meat including this pork tenderloin!

For this easy recipe, you’ll start by adding all of your ingredients into a small sauce pan including honey and a bit of garlic… so soy and orange juice. Once this comes to a boil you’ll create a cornstarch slurry by stirring together cornstarch and water.

This is added into the boiling sauce while whisking to thicken it!

Honey Garlic Roasted Pork Tenderloin sliced and stacked in the skillet

If you have ever been hesitant to make a pork tenderloin, don’t be. It is a great way to make a fabulous meal quickly, while tasting like you spent hours on it. The key to the flavor is searing the pork tenderloin first.

What is the purpose of searing meat?

Searing meat is a great way to lock in flavor. No matter what you prepare, you want flavor! By adding a rub to your pork tenderloin and then placing it in a hot skillet with butter or oil, it sears and caramelizes very quickly. This in turn locks in flavor and gives it that great crust on the outside while remaining tender and juicy on the inside.

So don’t skip this step, it will make your Honey Garlic Roasted Pork Tenderloin so amazing you will be looking for reasons to make it again and again.

Honey Garlic Roasted Pork Tenderloin sliced in skillet

4.5 from 8 votes
Servings: 4 People
Honey Garlic Roasted Pork Tenderloin
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Author: Shannon Johanson
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pork tenderloin

Honey Garlic Roasted Pork Tenderloin is the perfect weeknight meal.  Seasoned with an amazing rub and then topped with a sensational honey garlic sauce, the taste will melt in your mouth.

  • 1 pound Pork Tenderloin
For the Rub:
  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced thyme
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced rosemary
  • 2 tablespoon butter
For the Honey Garlic Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup light soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch + 2 tbsp water for slurry
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove any fat from pork.  Using a fork, puncture the pork in several places. 

  2. Add all the rub ingredients together in a small bowl and spread on all sides of the pork, pressing firm to really get the rub on the pork.  Using a heavy skillet, heat over medium high heat and add butter.  Allow to melt then place pork in skillet and sear just until brown, flipping to sear all sides, about 2 minutes. 

  3. Place skillet in the oven and roast for 20 minutes.  Meanwhile in a small sauce pan add all ingredients for honey garlic sauce, except the cornstarch and water.  Whisk to combine and bring to a slight boil.  

  4. Combine the cornstarch and water to create a slurry and add to sauce.  Whisk until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and set aside. 

  5. Remove pork from the oven and baste with honey garlic sauce.  Place your oven to "HI" broil and broil pork for 3 minutes to allow sauce to caramelize.  Let rest 5 minutes covered, slice and garnish with fresh chopped thyme and rosemary. 

Nutrition Information
Calories: 436, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 88mg, Sodium: 349mg, Potassium: 655mg, Carbohydrates: 62g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 55g, Protein: 27g, Vitamin A: 500%, Vitamin C: 14.4%, Calcium: 54%, Iron: 2.7%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Shannon Johanson

Shannon is an Arizona transplant who traded the rain for a life in the sun. Her daughter is like having 5 kids in one so her "me" time is found outside running or in the kitchen cooking and creating recipes families will love. Shannon graduated with a Degree in Biology and went on to get her post-baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene. She feels the way to make people smile and come together is through good food, so she tries to create meals that will not only be easy to make, but delicious to eat. Shannon's philosophy is, when all else fails, have a dream. So that is what she tries to do; dream, create, and bring her recipes to life from her kitchen to yours. Visit Shannon at The Food Cafe to learn more.

28 comments on “Honey Garlic Roasted Pork Tenderloin”

  1. My family did not like this at all!! Weird taste is right!! I made this EXACTLY as written too.  First of all, that little bit of corn starch didn’t thicken the sauce at all but I wanted to follow the directions to a T so I didn’t add anymore to it.  I use corn starch to thicken a lot of my sauces and soups but thus just didn’t thicken at all. And the blend of spices did have an unpleasent taste.  It was a little on the spicy side for me too. And the smoked paprika was exactly as the recipe called for…. I really thought this would be a great recipe according to the responses you had but I’m going to stick to the Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin I always make and keep searching for another recipe for pork tenderloin.  Thanks for sharing tho !! 

  2. Outstanding!  Made this for the first time for dinner this evening.  Very flavorful.  I did make the run and allowed the tenderloin to sit in it for a couple of hours.  Sauce was great too!  I may adjust the herbs down a bit as I did think it a bit salty.  But, all in all recipe goes into my make again file!  

  3. After you’ve seared it can you cook in foil tray in a Webber bbq

    • Hi Doreen, we have only made this recipe as listed. But that should work, let us know how it turns out! Just make sure the pork reaches on internal temperature of 145°F before serving!

  4. Made this again last night and the flavor is so incredible and the meat is super moist.

  5. Sorry, but we did not like this recipe AT ALL! In fact we threw everything after one bit… the rub is WAY to salty and the sauce has a weird taste to it… the ingredients from the rub and the sauce don’t match together at all… will never do this recipe again! It’s a shame… what a waste of food

    • Sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy this honey garlic roasted pork tenderloin recipe Ariana. I’ve made it many times as written and really enjoyed it, and you can see other readers have as well.

  6. Ok so like WOW!!! I loved how this turned out thank you!!! I didnt have fresh herbs and had to use oregano instead of rosemary as that’s what I had on hand. I cant imagine how good it will be with fresh herbs!! This is on rotation now!

  7. Do you apply the rub in advance, essentially allowing it to “marinate”…or just apply right before cooking?

    • Hi Tavia, In this recipe we rub the meat right before searing but you could prep the pork tenderloin in advance and let is sit in the rub!

  8. Could I use a pork loin rather than tenderloin?  

    • While I have never made a pork loin, this recipe should work well. Just make sure that it is cooked to an internal temperature of 145F. Enjoy Kimberly!

  9. how many servings does it make?

  10. This recipe was outstanding!! Being the first time I’ve cooked pork tenderloin this way. Everyone was very impressed and not 1 bite left over. Highly recommend this recipe to anyone who isn’t sure just how to prepare a pork tenderloin. There are several different ways of course, hard to imagine any are better. The glaze or sauce if u will really puts it over the top. Well done on whoever invented this one.

  11. Simple recipe. Very flavorful. Tenderloin was fantastic. 

  12. This roast pork was amazing. Best I’ve tasted…ever. It’s simple and easy but tastes like it was prepared by a gourmet chef. The rub was a perfect combination but the sauce was wonderful. 

  13. This pork tenderloin is delicious. Try it. I’m sure you will love it too. 

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