Apricot Glazed Pork Tenderloin

This apricot glazed pork tenderloin is a 30 minute meal that the whole family will love. The pork is marinated in a mixture of all-purpose flour, vegetable oil, shallots, grated ginger, apricot nectar, dry sherry, and cinnamon stick. After the pork is pan-seared, the glaze is made with soy sauce, cornstarch, low-salt chicken broth, lemon juice, dark sesame oil, salt and pepper, creating a sweet and savory flavor. Serve over rice or with a side of vegetables.

Ingredients used:

For 4 people

  • 1 pound of pork tenderloin
  • 0.25 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons of vegetable oil, divided
  • 0.25 cup of shallots, minced
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 0.75 cup of apricot nectar
  • 0.25 cup of dry sherry
  • 1 stick of cinnamon, 3 inches
  • 2 tablespoons of low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of cornstarch
  • 0.75 cup of low-salt chicken broth
  • 0.5 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 0.5 teaspoon of dark sesame oil
  • 0.25 teaspoon of salt
  • 0.125 teaspoon of pepper

Recipe steps:

  • Trim fat from pork and cut crosswise into ¼-inch-thick slices. Place slices in a large zip-top plastic bag and add flour. Seal bag and shake to coat. Set aside.
  • Heat a 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 ½ teaspoons vegetable oil, swirling to coat bottom of pan. Add half of coated pork to skillet and cook 2 minutes on each side until done. Remove from skillet and set aside. Repeat procedure with remaining pork and 1 ½ teaspoons vegetable oil.
  • Allow skillet to cool slightly and heat over medium heat. Add one teaspoon vegetable oil, swirling to coat. Add shallots and ginger; sauté for 30 seconds. Stir in apricot nectar, sherry, and cinnamon stick, scraping skillet to loosen browned bits.
  • Combine soy sauce and cornstarch in a small bowl and stir well. Add cornstarch mixture to skillet and stir in broth and lemon juice. Bring to a boil and cook for one minute, stirring constantly. Return pork to skillet and reduce heat to simmer for three minutes, or until thoroughly heated.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients and discard cinnamon stick. Serve over rice or with a side of vegetables.

This apricot glazed pork tenderloin is a quick, easy, and delicious meal that can be enjoyed any night of the week. The apricot glaze adds a sweet and savory flavor to the pork that is sure to please everyone. Serve with your favorite side dish and enjoy!