This weekend was definitely ideal for grillin’! Oh, the aromas of so many BBQs fired up all over the neighborhood! Just had to whip up something with an Asian flair that we could serve our guests, so why not Vietnamese Grilled Pork Tenderloin Skewers? The marinade gives such amazing flavor to the pork (you can also substitute chicken or shrimp with this recipe) with hints of fresh ginger, garlic, and lemongrass. The pork is super tender when grilled and took no time at all to cook through. Serve these skewers with a side of our delicious Spicy Kale & Fennel Salad, which pairs so well with this recipe! All that’s left is a tall mug of brewskie and you’ve got yourself a great summer meal!
These super flavorful Vietnamese pork tenderloin skewers are so easy to prepare!
Vietnamese pork tenderloin skewers cook in only 15 minutes on the grill. Serve with a side of our Spicy Kale & Fennel Salad.
- 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemongrass, finely chopped (white parts only), or 1 tablespoon jarred lemongrass
- 2 tablespoons shallots, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
- ¼ cup canola oil
- 2 tablespoons water
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped (divided)
- 1 large pork tenderloin, trimmed of silver skin and fat, and cut into bite-sized pieces
- For the marinade, place all ingredients up to pork tenderloin into mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside a small portion of the marinade. Place the marinade in a large sealed bag and add the pork. Marinate at least one hour or more in the refrigerator.
- Remove the pork from the refrigerator and thread the pork onto wooden skewers that have been soaked in water for at least 30 minutes (this prevents the skewers from burning on the grill).
- Grill the pork skewers on medium high heat for 15 minutes, turning frequently. Meanwhile, place the reserved marinade in a small sauce pot and heat. Drizzle over skewers when ready to serve. Sprinkle with remaining cilantro.
- Serve with a side of Spicy Kale & Fennel Salad.
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One thing is certain, when you make this easy pork soup you will not be slaving in the kitchen all day! I used the leftover pork from my Chinese Five Spice Pork Tenderloin recipe to flavor the dish and provide the protein. Just make the broth, add in your veggies (shiitake and oyster mushrooms, garlic, carrots, and onions) and the flavorings. Layer it with yummy soba noodles and top it off with the pork and a soft-boiled egg. It’s even better tasting the next day! So, so good! Really healthy Asian noodle soup, no lie!
Soba noodles soak up the amazing flavors of this soup!
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- ½ onion, chopped
- 1 carrot, diced
- 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
- ½ cup shiitake mushrooms, sliced
- ½ cup oyster mushrooms, sliced
- 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 2½ tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 4 ounces cooked soba noodles
- 4 green onions, sliced (extra for topping)
- ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped (extra for topping)
- Sliced Chinese Five Spice Pork Tenderloin*
- 1 soft boiled egg, sliced in half
- Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a heavy soup pot. Add the garlic and onion and cook 3 minutes. Stir in the carrots and ginger another 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook another 5 minutes until onions are translucent. Pour in the chicken broth, soy sauce, and pepper. Stir well to combine. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the green onions and cilantro.
- To assemble: Place the soba noodles at the bottom of a large soup bowl. Ladle in the soup. Add the pork tenderloin to the soup. Top with eggs. Garnish with green onions and cilantro.
After I made this recipe my house smelled amazing! The aromas of the Chinese Five Spice combined with the garlic and pork almost made my dog go out of his freaking mind! I couldn’t wait to dig into this dish. The pork is so unbelievably tender and the sauce seals the deal! Serve it with your favorite rice and a veggie. Use the leftovers for sammies or soup. (Will be posting that soon also.) Dig into this tasty tenderloin!
- ½ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 ½ teaspoons light brown sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons sesame oil
- 4 green onions, sliced and divided
- 1 teaspoon corn starch
- 1 (1.25 lb.) pork tenderloin, trimmed of fat
- In a small mixing bowl, combine soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, garlic, Chinese five spice, black pepper, red pepper flakes, sugar, and sesame oil. Whisk together well. Add in half of the green onions. Put half of the marinade in a small sauce pot and whisk in the corn starch.
- Place the pork tenderloin in a ziplock baggie and pour in the remaining marinade. Massage the marinade into the pork and refrigerate for one hour or overnight.
- When ready to cook, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove pork from refrigerator and let it get to room temperature. Heat a heavy cast iron pan or oven-proof pan on high until slightly smoking. Add the pork tenderloin to the pan and sear both sides, about 2 minutes. Transfer the pan to the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes, until an internal temperature reads at least 145 degrees. Let rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing. Meanwhile, bring the reserved marinade to a boil and thicken sauce for 2 minutes on low heat. Pour sauce over the pork. Sprinkle pork with the remaining green onions. Serve with your favorite rice.