Feeding Friends: Oven Roasted Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin with Maple-Ginger Glaze

Maple Ginger Oven Roasted Pork Tenderloin Recipe | Easy Teriyaki Marinade

I had a lot of influence from Ina Garten in the early stages of my cooking career, assuming I can count the times I was sous-chefing for my mom as official culinary experience. One of the dishes I became obsessed with for feeding a crowd was her Indonesian Ginger Chicken. I don’t remember when I tried the recipe for the first time. But I do remember the time I forced my mom to make it for 40 people.

In high school I was a much more enthusiastic host than I was a cook. And my mom was the opposite. But somehow I roped her into letting me invite over all my nerdy horse friends (and their parents) to the apartment we were renting in Lake Placid. We were up there for a weeklong show, and since I assumed that everyone else ate as well as I did at home, I figured my peers would be craving a home cooked meal by day 3 and wanted to hide my closeted raging competitiveness by having them all over dinner.

Maple Ginger Oven Roasted Pork Tenderloin Recipe | Easy Teriyaki Marinade Maple Ginger Oven Roasted Pork Tenderloin Recipe | Easy Teriyaki Marinade Maple Ginger Oven Roasted Pork Tenderloin Recipe | Easy Teriyaki Marinade The rental apartment of course had no cooking equipment. So my mom and I visited the magical world of Costco and loaded up on aluminum roasting pans, 25 pounds of assorted bone-in chicken parts, 10 heads of garlic, and a piece of ginger root as long as my forearm. The marinade was relatively simple—just 4 ingredients, in fact. But the catch in making it en masse was the grating of the ginger.

My mom had very few appliances in her kitchen (no food processor or mixer to speak of) so it never occurred to her that there might be a shortcut, or that chopping the ginger instead of grating it would probably be acceptable considering we were making an industrial sized batch of chicken with industrialized ingredients sourced from a store that was pretty much the opposite of the health markets where my mother normally shopped. But instead she earned many mommy martyr points, staying up until midnight grating ginger until her knuckles we raw, while I rested my delicate pony wrangling hands and got some beauty sleep.

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When looking back and connecting the dots, Steve Jobs style, this dinner is one of the hosting memories that comes up again and again. As I get older, and become increasingly more crotchety and anti-social (more, dare I say it, like my mother), I realize that forcing anyone to interact with a crowd of horse people is probably worse punishment than losing a few knuckles to a box grater. And that probably earns her a few more mommy points for life.

The chicken turned out amazing, in case you were wondering, even with a little extra mommy blood, sweat and tears mixed in with the soy sauce. I’ve made similar marinades over the years, using chopped instead of grated ginger, and I’ve concluded that the real beauty of this recipe is letting the meat sit overnight. Recently I tried a variation with pork tenderloin, swapping in maple syrup for the honey and tamari for the soy. After roasting the loin in a very hot oven, the skin gets a beautiful crust to it and the sauce caramelizes in a way that tastes just like a teriyaki. I reduced the remaining marinade and drizzled it over the top for this kind of elegant, upscale take on a basic pork stir fry.

So long as you don’t mind slicing up a bunch of meat before your guests arrive, this teriyaki pork ternderloin would also be a very good option to serve 40 or so of your closest friends, or a couple dozen random anti-social equestrians, if you want to earn extra points with your social, yet nerdy daughter.

Eat up! And hello from Greece!!


Recipes Maple Ginger Oven Roasted Pork Tenderloin Recipe | Easy Teriyaki Marinade

Maple Ginger Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Serving Size: 2-4

Maple Ginger Roasted Pork Tenderloin

This roasted pork tenderloin recipe couldn't be more simple. It's marinaded overnight in a healthy teriyaki glaze and baked in the oven in under 20 min.


  • ¼ cup organic maple syrup
  • ¼ cup gluten-free tamari
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 inches fresh ginger root
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin


  1. In a small food processor, puree the maple syrup, tamari, garlic, and ginger until smooth. Alternatively, you can mind the ginger and garlic by hand and whisk in the remaining ingredients. Transfer the marinade to a resealable plastic bag. Add the pork and swish around until coated. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least an hour, preferably overnight.
  2. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Remove the pork from the marinade and set on a foil-lined baking sheet. Roast in the oven for approximately 20 minutes, until the pork is nicely browned on top. Allow to rest on a cutting board for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, transfer the remaining marinade to a small saucepan. Cook on medium heat until reduced by half.
  4. Slice the pork on the bias, drizzle with the reduced sauce, and serve immediately.

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41 Responses to Feeding Friends: Oven Roasted Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin with Maple-Ginger Glaze

  1. Tilly says:

    I’m in love with this recipe! Looks AMAZING. Quick question — what would you suggest serving this with?

    • It would be great with some simple brown or white rice. Or even the quinoa fried rice! I served the salad with carrot ginger dressing on the side. You can omit the shrimp if you don’t want to do a surf and turf :) Let me know how it turns out!

  2. As a fellow former horse girl, your story made me laugh – especially about punishing someone by interacting with a crowd of horse people… so true 😉 I’ve tried Ina’s Indonesian chicken and LOVED it, so I know I’d love this pork!

  3. Frankie says:

    I wish I’d had your life, but I’ll settle for cooking this. And please don’t get “crotchety and anti-social” – we love you just the way you are!

  4. This looks BEAUTIFUL and so delicious!! I can’t wait for you to get back from Greece and to hopefully teach us some great Greek food!! I’ll be trying this recipe for sure!

    • Thanks, Becky!! I’m officially back and looking forward to getting back in the kitchen. I can’t wait to share Greek stuffed tomatoes for summer and this AMAZING eggplant imam dish. xxx

  5. Rebecca Brown says:

    This is marinating in my refrigerator as we speak. Serving this for Fourth of July.

  6. Rebecca Brown says:

    This was a big hit. It was deemed perfect fot the fourth of July.

  7. Sue Carter says:

    I followed the recipe exactly and it was devoured by husband, thirteen yr old, and ten yr old. Absolutely simple to prepare and unbelievably flavorful! I highly recommend this recipe. Thank you for sharing this gift!

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  14. emma says:

    is it okay to cook the sauce even though it was with raw meat?! cooking xmas dinner for the first time!!

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  17. Taylor says:

    Just took mine out of the oven! I just added some miso paste to mine since i have to giant containers worth:P But it came out perfect and juicy! Thank you!

  18. Hannah says:

    Could you make this in the crockpot as well? Looks amazing

    • hmmm – this recipe is really best roasted, but if you used a fattier cut of pork and cubed it, might be nice asian-y stew! i’ve never done a tenderloin in a slow cooking and am a little wary of it. But pork butt and the marinade + many hours of cooking might be delish! let me know if you try it!

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  21. Phil B says:

    Just had this tonight with some cauliflower rice and salad with ginger dressing. Loved it. Grilled the tenderloin. Delicious for sure!

    • yay Phil! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I’m embarrassed to say I still have to try the cauliflower rice trick. I’ve cauliflower pretty much everything else! On my 2016 list for sure :)

  22. Joyce E McEnaney says:

    Can the pork be grilled and make the sauce too? How would do it?

    • Hi Joyce! Sorry for the delayed response. You can definitely grill the pork! I would still marinate it and then just prepare the sauce on the stovetop same as in this recipe. Cook time is similar – 15 to 20 minutes – and I would turn it every 3-5 minutes to char all sides. Hope this helps!

  23. Andrea says:

    OK I freakin love this recipe, Phoebe! This is my go to recipe for pork tenderloin now and I’ve told everyone I know about it! I’ve sent them a link to your website! This is delicious and super super incredibly easy to make. Thank you for sharing! Andrea in Halifax, Nova Scotia!

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  25. Veronica says:

    I have 9 of this bad boys marinating for tonight dinner. Just crossing my fingers on leftovers. Looks amazing!! Let you know how it goes. Can’t wait!

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