Hawaiian Pork Tenderloin

By Polly Conner
January 20, 2022

With a balance of sweet, tangy, umami, and just the right amount of salty flavor, this grilled pork tenderloin marinade hits all the right palette spots. The marinade comes together quickly and works perfectly on the grill (or in the oven).

Cooked and sliced grilled pork tenderloin

Hawaiian Pork Tenderloin is an easy, yet impressive recipe that your people will love. Serve it with our Pineapple Salsa for a delicious, easy dinner!

About Hawaiian Pork Tenderloin

It’s gluten-free AND dairy-free.

We know how much readers with these restrictions appreciate recipes that are both gluten-free AND dairy-free. The ingredients in this grilled pork tenderloin marinade are both of those! It’s a great grilling recipe for groups of people because of this.

It’s kid-friendly.

Hawaiian Grilled Pork Tenderloin is kid-friendly yet has an interesting flavor-and-texture profile for adults, too. All ages will enjoy it!

It’s a good beginner recipe.

The instructions are super simple but the flavor will make you feel like a pro! Similar to our seasoned pork tenderloin, this one is a good recipe to start out with if you’ve never cooked this cut of meat.

It only takes 30 minutes.

Not including the time for marinating, this recipe only requires about 30 minutes of hands-on cooking. The marinade takes just a few minutes to whip up, which you can make up to 24 hours in advance (or way ahead if you’re planning to freeze it). Grilling or roasting pork only takes about 20 minutes.

A cooked and sliced grilled pork tenderloin with a side of pineapple salsa

What’s in This Grilled Pork Tenderloin Marinade?

Similar to our Chicken Marinade Recipes, the ingredients are not hard to find. You likely have them in your pantry already! Here is what you’ll need:

  • Pineapple juice (or the juice from canned pineapple chunks might be easier to find)
  • Reduced-sodium soy sauce (Gluten-free option: gluten-free Tamari soy sauce or coconut aminos) 
  • Avocado oil (Sub: olive oil)
  • Brown sugar (Sub: coconut sugar)
  • Green onions 
  • Fresh ginger
  • Garlic
  • Red pepper flakes 
Close up of marinated grilled pork tenderloin

Tips for Grilling Pork Tenderloin

While I do love oven-roasted pork tenderloin, grilling it is my preferred way to go. In fact, we have an entire post about how to grill pork tenderloin if you want to read up on it.

Use our 7-6-5 Grilling Method.

Preheat the grill to medium-high to high heat (about 450°F degrees). Use tongs to remove the tenderloins from the marinade and place on the grill.

Shut the lid and grill for 7 minutes. Flip the pork to the other side and shut the lid. Then, let it cook for 6 more minutes. Now turn the heat off, and leave the lid closed for 3-5 minutes, until done (at least 140-145°F internally).

We recommend using a meat thermometer inserted at the thickest part to check on doneness (there will still be a little pink inside). If it’s still not up to temperature, turn the grill back over medium and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

A pork tenderloin on the grill

Turn Grilled Pork Tenderloin Marinade Into a Freezer Meal

Marinated pork tenderloin freezes really well, so be sure to double your batch and freeze one for later. It’s a great use of your time. The image below is for our Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin but the instructions are exactly the same.

To Freeze

In a gallon-sized freezer bag, add the pork tenderloin, pineapple juice, soy sauce, avocado oil, brown sugar, green onions, ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Seal and toss to combine.

Prepare From Frozen

Thaw completely (use one of these safe thawing methods). Follow cooking instructions starting at step 3.

Pork tenderloin in a freezer bag

How to Serve Hawaiian Pork Tenderloin

We suggest serving the sliced pork tenderloin on a bed of rice, couscous, or quinoa. Drizzle with easy-to-make sauce and top with either our freshly made Pineapple Salsa or a store-bought fruit salsa of your choice.

Asian Slaw would go well as a side dish, too.

Pork tenderloin served over cous cous with a pineapple salsa

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Hawaiian Pork Tenderloin

  • Author: Rachel Tiemeyer
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Pork
  • Method: Grill
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

With a balance of sweet, tangy, umami, and just the right amount of salty flavor, this pork tenderloin marinade recipe hits nearly all the palette spots at once! Grill or roast your pork tenderloin, slice, drizzle with the simple-to-make sauce, and top with our fresh Pineapple Salsa (or a store-bought fruit salsa). Easy yet impressive!


Ingredients

  • 2 (approximately 1.25-1.5 pounds each) pork tenderloins
  • 1 cup pineapple juice (or the juice from a 20 ounce can of pineapple chunks)
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce (Gluten-free option: gluten-free Tamari soy sauce or coconut aminos)
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil (Sub: olive oil)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (Sub: coconut sugar)
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (or 1 teaspoon pre-minced garlic)
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Pineapple Salsa, for topping

Instructions

Make It Now:

    1. Make the Marinade: In a gallon-sized freezer bag, add the pork tenderloins, pineapple juice, soy sauce, avocado oil, brown sugar, green onions, ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Seal and toss to combine. (Freezing instructions begin here.)
    2. Marinate: Set in the refrigerator for 2 to 24 hours (skip this step if freezing it for later!). Tip: This is a good time to make our fresh Pineapple Salsa and leave it in the refrigerator until ready to use.
    3. Cook the Pork: Remove the pork from the marinade (reserve the marinade for the next step!) and cook using one of these methods:
      • Grill: Preheat the grill to medium-high to high heat (about 450°F degrees). Use tongs to remove the tenderloins from the marinade and place on the grill. Shut the lid and grill for 7 minutes. Flip the pork to the other side and shut the lid. Then, let it cook for 6 more minutes. Now turn the heat off, and leave the lid closed for 4-5 minutes, until done (at least 140-145°F internally). We recommend using a meat thermometer inserted at the thickest part to check on doneness (there will still be a little pink inside). If it’s still not up to temperature, turn the grill back over medium and cook for another 2-3 minutes. 
      • Roast in the Oven: Preheat the oven to 450°F. Cover a rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and place the pork tenderloin on it. Bake for 20 minutes or until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 145°F (it will still be slightly pink inside).
    4. Remove the tenderloin from the heat and place on a wooden cutting board, cover with foil, and let rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing. Meanwhile, turn the marinade into a sauce.
    5. Make the Sauce: Dump the remaining marinade into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 2-3 minutes (this kills any bacteria off and helps to reduce the sauce some). Watch closely so it doesn’t overflow!
    6. Serve: Drizzle the sliced pork tenderloin with the sauce and serve with some fresh Pineapple Salsa (or mango salsa) on top, if desired. Serve over a bed of rice, couscous, or quinoa.

Freeze For Later: Follow Step 1 and freeze.

Prepare From Frozen: Thaw completely using one of these safe thawing methods. Follow Steps 3-6.



Notes

  • Do not cook past the USDA’s recommended safe cooking temperature of 145°F for perfectly done pork. Otherwise, you’ll end up drying out this lean cut of meat.
  • Marinated pork tenderloin freezes really well, so be sure to double your batch and freeze one for later. It’s a great use of your time.

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