Maintaining a low carb lifestyle doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on flavor. In fact, this Orange Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin proves just that. Enjoy a delicious dinner, any night of the week without worry about going overboard on the carbs.
This recipe provides all the delicious flavors that you know and love without having to worry about the carb content. The best part is that your entire family will love to enjoy this with you, so you won’t have to make separate meals for those not sticking to a low carb lifestyle.
Everyone will enjoy this delicious Orange Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin, any night of the week. This yummy dinner is perfect for any reason, any season and any occasion.
What Kind of Orange Can You Use in Orange Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin?
For this recipe we use some of the juice of a navel orange and some of the zest as well. If necessary, you can substitute the fresh juice with 1 teaspoon of orange extract and 2 tablespoons of water. We personally like the fresh splash of orange over the alternative, but it is totally up to the chef.
How Long Does It Take to Make This Orange Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin?
To make this recipe it takes about 10 minutes of food preparation time. Cooking time is only 10 to 15 minutes, or until your tenderloin is properly cooked. For your pork tenderloin to be properly done, you want to ensure that it reaches a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees.
What is in The Sauce for This Orange Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin?
The sauce for this recipe is pretty simple and straight forward. All you will need is some sesame oil, ginger paste, minced garlic, orange juice and zest and a little sugar free teriyaki marinade. This will provide a delicious flavor to your meat, without having to worry about added sugar.
Are Oranges Low Carb?
Oranges and orange juice are actually not considered low carb. This is because just a small one can have a total of about 13g of net carbs.
While many people following a low carb lifestyle tend to avoid carbohydrate heavy oranges all together. This recipe only calls for 2 tablespoons of juice, which equals to be about 2grams of net carbs. The zest amount of one teaspoon also contains so little carbohydrates it really doesn’t make a difference. As long as you aren’t consuming a whole glass of orange juice or eating an entire orange, they can be added to low carb recipes. Just make sure to pay attention to measurements and carbohydrate counts.
How to Make This Orange Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin
This delicious recipe is extremely simple to make and worth every second spent. It packs a lot of flavor, pleasing your palate with every single bite.
To make this Orange Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin recipe you are going to need:
- Pork tenderloin medallions
- Sesame oil
- Ginger paste
- Minced garlic
- Orange juice or orange extract and water
- Orange zest
- Sugar free teriyaki marinade
- Sesame seeds
- Green onions
Step 1: Heat it Up
Get started on this recipe by heating your sesame oil in a skillet over medium heat.
Step 2: Sauté
Sauté your pork medallions for 3-5 minutes on each side. You will want to make sure that they are well browned and are cooked to at least 145 degrees.
Step 3: Set Aside
Remove your cooked pork tenderloin medallions from your skillet. Once removed you will want to set them aside to keep them warm.
Step 4: Get Low
Reduce the heat of your burner to low.
Step 5: Get Saucy
In your skillet over low heat, mix together your sauce ingredients. This means the ginger paste, mince garlic, orange zest and orange juice (or extract and water). Cook your sauce for 30 seconds.
Step 6: Sauce it Up
Add your sugar free teriyaki marinade to the skillet and sauté for another 30 seconds.
Step 7: Add the Pork
Add your pork back into your skillet with your sauce and stir well. This will coat the tenderloin well in this delicious mixture.
Step 8: Garnish
Remove the pork from the skillet and garnish it with sesame seeds and chopped green onions.
Step 9: Serve and Enjoy!
Serve up your delicious Orange Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin with your choice of low carb side and enjoy.
- 1 ½ lbs pork tenderloin (sliced into 1 ½ inch thick pieces)
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp ginger paste
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 2 Tbsp juice from an orange
- 1 tsp orange zest
- ¼ c sugar-free teriyaki marinade
- 1 Tbsp sesame seeds (for garnish)
- ¼ C sliced green onions (for garnish)
- Heat the sesame oil in a skillet over medium-high heat on the stove.
- Saute the pork medallions for 3-5 minutes on each side until browned well and cooked to an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees.
- Remove the pork from the skillet, and set it aside to keep warm.
- Reduce the heat to low.
- Place the minced garlic, ginger paste, orange juice or extract and water and orange zest in the skillet, and cook for 30 seconds.
- Add the marinade to the skillet, and saute for another 30 seconds before adding the pork back and tossing to coat well in the sauce.
- Garnish with sesame seeds and chopped green onions before serving.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 298Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 221mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 36g
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I Serve with This Orange Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin Recipe?
There really isn’t any specific requirement for what you choose to serve alongside this recipe. You can opt for a simple side salad or choose from any of your favorite low carb side dishes.
What are Pork Tenderloin Medallions?
Pork Tenderloin Medallions are simply pork tenderloins sliced into oval medallions. Pork tenderloin medallions are essentially a lean, tender cut of meat as they are taken from the eye of the loin with the fat trimmed.