Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Peanut Sauce

pork peanut sauce

Once the summer arrives, we tend to rely almost exclusively on our BBQ for dinners. It’s a long season though and that makes for a lot of grill-friendly meals! I’m always on the lookout for something new and different. This is new and different (for me, at least), spotted in an old Fine Cooking magazine and not tried until tonight.

I love grilled pork tenderloin any time but the addition of this Asian-inspired peanut sauce was fabulous. I loved the flavours of this marinade/sauce and conveniently, I had some leftover coconut milk in the freezer. I used Kraft™ peanut butter because it was all I had on hand and it was good, but I bet it would be even better with a natural peanut butter.

This was also a quick dish to get on the table. I made up the marinade mid-afternoon and left it in the fridge until we were ready to grill. Because the pork tenderloins are butterflied, they cook up quickly. I like quickly.

Serve this with some steamed jasmine rice and some greens (sauteed bok choy or pea pods, salad etc) for a quick and tasty meal.

Adapted From Fine Cooking, June 2007 | Photo

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  1. Hmmmm Julie. The only replacement I can think of is maybe using evaporated milk with some coconut added. (Or if it’s the coconut part that you don’t like or want, just go with the evaporated milk)
    Update: I also found these substitutes for coconut milk …
    1/3 cup milk 1 teaspoon cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract. Combine milk and cornstarch in small saucepan. Stir constantly over high heat until mixture boils and thickens. Immediately pour into small bowl; stir in extract.
    For one cup of coconut “milk” take 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, and place in boiling water (about 3/4 cup) and boil for about 5 minutes. Then place in a food processor and whiz for about a minute. You can either strain it or not depending on if you want tiny pieces of coconut in the sauce.

  2. Can I replace the coconut milk?

  3. I agree, Kate. It would be great with chicken, as well. Glad you enjoyed it.

  4. The peanut sauce/marinade is delicious. I think it would also combine well with chicken.

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