Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Cilantro-Mint Marinade


Danielle Custer insists that the key to full-flavored and tender pork is to buy naturally raised meat from producers such as Niman Ranch ( Her "all-purpose" marinade of fresh herbs and toasted spices also works well with beef, lamb, chicken and fish.Plus: More Pork Recipes and Tips

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Cilantro-Mint Marinade
Photo: © James Baigrie


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coriander seeds

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds

  • 3/4 teaspoon fennel seeds

  • 1 cup cilantro

  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, quartered

  • 1/2 cup mint leaves

  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest

  • 5 pounds whole pork tenderloins

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • Salt

  • Vegetable oil, for the grill

  • Cornmeal-Cheddar Biscuits and Spiced Tomato Ketchup, for serving


  1. In a small skillet, lightly toast the coriander, cumin and fennel seeds over moderate heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and let cool. In a spice or coffee grinder, grind the seeds to a fine powder.

  2. In a blender, combine the cilantro with the olive oil, onion, mint, orange juice and zest; puree until smooth. Scrape the marinade into a large glass baking dish. Stir in the ground spices. Season the pork with pepper and add to the marinade; turn to coat. Refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours, turning occasionally.

  3. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Remove the pork from the marinade and scrape off any excess. Season generously with salt and pepper. Lightly brush the grate with vegetable oil. Grill the tenderloins over a medium-hot fire or in the grill pan, turning occasionally, for 20 to 25 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 140° for medium.

  4. Transfer the tenderloins to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. Cut the meat into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Split the Cornmeal-Cheddar Biscuits, spread with Spiced Tomato Ketchup and make sandwiches with the pork.

Make Ahead

The grilled pork can be refrigerated for 2 days; let it return to room temperature before serving.

Suggested Pairing

A simple, fresh, fruity-spicy and versatile Pinot Noir from Oregon best complements the smoky pork tenderloin and the spicy-sweet ketchup.

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