Citrus Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Flavorful Citrus Glazed Pork Tenderloin, seared and roasted in an oven-safe skillet for an easy and delicious meal…

Citrus Glazed Pork Tenderloin cut into pieces on a large plate This tender and juicy pork tenderloin cooks quickly in the oven.  My husband, daughter and I enjoyed one for dinner and we used the second one to slice for sandwiches and use in salads the next day.  The flavor of the pork was outstanding and the meat so juicy.

Pork tenderloin is one of the easiest cuts of meat to cook and it’s a favorite of mine. Usually, when I cook pork tenderloin, I place the pork on a tray to roast in the oven.

I began with a rub…

For the spice rub, I mixed together tarragon, coriander, ground ginger, salt and pepper.  The spice rub gives the pork such a vibrant flavor.  I placed the pork tenderloin in a hot skillet with a little oil added to the pan and seared each side.   After the flavors are locked in tight after searing, I placed the entire oven-safe skillet in the oven to bake.

While the pork cooked in the oven, I began to work on my glaze. After the pork cooked in the oven, I spooned the sweet glaze over the top of the pork.  The glaze was super simple to make and is similar to the sauce in my Scallops With Orange Sauce recipe.

Pork Tenderloin cooking in a cast iron skillet

Hands down, this was the best pork tenderloin I’ve ever made.  The pork was so juicy and packed with flavor, we even found ourselves slicing little pieces off after dinner was over.

Citrus Glazed Pork Tenderloin cut into pieces on a large plate next to a large bowl of oranges

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Citrus Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Flavorful Citrus Glazed Pork Tenderloin, seared and roasted in an oven-safe skillet for an easy and delicious meal...
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Dish
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1 pounds pork tenderloin (1 1/2 to 1 3/4)
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper , crushed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup grapefruit juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cidar vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon orange marmalade
  • 1 teaspoon grapefruit zest
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • Place the skillet in the oven on a middle rack and preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. The skillet will heat along with the oven.
  • Pat the pork dry with a paper towel and set aside. Combine the tarragon, coriander, ginger, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the spice mixture onto all sides of the pork.
  • Carefully remove the hot skillet from the oven using oven mitts and pour the oil in the pan. Swirl to coat the bottom.
  • Place the pork in the pan. (You can bend the pork to fit the pan if it's a little long). Return the pan to the oven. Roast for 10 minutes.
  • Flip the pork to the other side. Reduce the oven temperature to 400 degrees F and continue roasting another 15 minutes. The pork is done with it's internal temperature registers 145 degrees in the thickest part of the meat.
  • Transfer the pork to a large plate and cover with foil. Let the pork rest while you make the glaze.
  • Sprinkle the sugar in a small skillet and cook over medium-high heat until dark amber, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and whisk in the juice, vinegar, tarragon, ginger, marmalade and zest.
  • Return to medium-low heat and boil until thick, stirring, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove pan from the heat and whisk in the butter.
  • Pour glaze over pork, slice and serve.

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36 thoughts on “Citrus Glazed Pork Tenderloin”

  1. Trisha Renken-Sebastian

    5 stars
    Thanks so much for this. We’d never tried this way of cooking pork tenderloin before and it turned out perfectly. We also played a bit with the citrus glaze because I’m not a fan of grapefruit and my husband doesn’t like orange marmalade; the glaze still came out perfectly.

  2. I just finished eating this for dinner. OMG So good! Next time I have to remember to keep my oven gloves on before grabbing the handle, but otherwise it was perfect. 🙂

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, Natasha. Thank you for letting me know. I’m sorry about your hands, those skillets are so hot. Have a great weekend!

  3. Carol Borchardt

    Wow! The flavors in this recipe look like they really sing! I’m always on the lookout for a good pork tenderloin recipe for my personal chef clients. Going to try this one for sure!

  4. Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life

    I think I need to try that technique too…it looks and sounds amazing! And I love any citrus recipe! So glad you shared this one!

  5. Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama

    That tenderloin looks so moist and juicy, Joanie! And that citrus glaze? Yum! 🙂

  6. This looks like such an amazing tenderloin – I’m always looking for new ways to prep it.

  7. Sherri@The Well Floured Kitchen

    pork tenderloin is the best cut of meat. And that spice rub looks amazing! I would love those leftovers in a sandwich!

  8. Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy

    What a gorgeous tenderloin! I also am a huge pork tenderloin fan, can’t wait to try this yummy recipe!

  9. Lauren @ Wicked Spatula

    Pork loin is one of my go-to weeknight meals because it always turns out so tender and delicious! I’m trying your version soon! It looks perfect and I’m still on a huge citrus kick right now.

  10. This is a fabulous recipe. I love the ginger and orange marmalade, and grapefruit juice and zest is simply brilliant.

  11. LOVE your citrus glaze for this! Pork tenderloin is my favorite thing to make for easy dinners.

  12. Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    I love working with pork tenderloin because it is so quick and easy (but really easy to overcook if you are not paying attention.) Looks great!

    1. Thanks, Kacey. You’re right, pork tenderloin cooks very quickly. This recipe left the pork so juicy and not at all dried out, it’s my favorite way to cook it.

  13. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    Pork tenderloin is one of my favorite cuts of meat! Love the glaze on this! Pinned 🙂

  14. pam (Sidewalk Shoes)

    What a great way to cook pork tenderloin! I’ll have to try that technique next time.

    1. It surprised me how easy this method of cooking was. This is the only way I’ll cook pork tenderloin now.

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