Pork Tenderloin Marinade

This pork tenderloin marinade recipe makes the most flavorful and tender pork. Use this delicious marinade to make dinner even tastier.

A plate with pork tenderloin, rice and asparagus on it.
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Pork Tenderloin Marinade Recipe

If you are tired of pork tenderloin coming out tough and flavorless, then you've gotta give this marinade recipe a try! The incredible combination of flavors makes the most flavorful meat.

Marinating meat is my favorite way to meal prep. I just throw the meat in a delicious marinade until dinner time. Then heat up the grill and cook it to perfection!

There's virtually no prep time to making your own marinade and it makes meat so much more tender and flavorful. This pork tenderloin marinade recipe makes the best juicy pork tenderloin, no matter the cooking method that you use.

I serve it up with yummy sides like parmesan risotto and grilled asparagus and my family eats up every single bite. It's the best easy weeknight meal and you're going to love how simple it is to make. It's an easy way to make dinner much tastier and get it on the table quickly! 

A small jar of marinade with a spoon next to a piece of pork tenderloin.

Why You'll Love this Recipe

This easy recipe is wonderful for so many different reasons:

  • Marinade recipes like this one are super versatile. Use this delicious creation on all different types of meat and for any and all cooking methods.
  • This pork tenderloin marinade is not spicy, nor does it have any odd flavors. It's simple yet very flavorful, so it's perfect for the whole family! Picky eaters will enjoy it as much as everyone else.
  • Making your own marinade ensures there are no preservatives or additives like something store-bought. You can feel good about what you are eating and what you are feeding your family!


These simple ingredients are all that you need to make a flavorful marinade. Here's a list for you to look over before you run to the grocery store:

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  • olive oil
  • whole grain mustard
  • honey
  • minced garlic
  • red wine vinegar
  • dried thyme
  • salt and black pepper

Substitutions and Variations

If you don't have olive oil, you can use avocado oil or another neutral oil. I prefer the taste of olive oil in this recipe, but anything you have on hand will work!

You can swap the red wine vinegar for balsamic vinegar. If you don't have either of those, white wine vinegar will also work even though it may have a bit more of a "bite" to it.

Whole grain dijon mustard can be substituted with dijon mustard or spicy brown mustard. For a sweeter option, use some honey mustard instead.

This is a fabulous base marinade recipe to experiment with. Lemon zest and lemon juice (or lime juice) would be wonderful additions and fresh herbs could add some bold flavor.

You can add more flavor with spices like onion powder or condiments like soy sauce or coconut aminos.

How To Make Pork Tenderloin Marinade

After you gather all of the marinade ingredients needed, you can get started! Here's how to make the best pork tenderloin marinade:

A glass mixing bowl with stone ground mustard and garlic.
A glass mixing bowl with stone ground mustard, garlic, and spices.

Add the whisk together the olive oil, mustard, vinegar, honey, minced garlic, and spices. You can also add these ingredients to a mason jar and give it a really good shake to mix it all up!

A glass mixing bowl with stone ground mustard, garlic, spices and vinegar.

Store the marinade to use for later or use immediately.

How to Use Pork Tenderloin Marinade

When you're ready to make a marinated pork tenderloin, here is what you'll need to do:

Place pork tenderloin into a bowl or a large resealable plastic bag. Pour the pork tenderloin marinade evenly over the meat.

A marinade covering two pork tenderloins in a glass bowl.

Then allow it to marinate for at least one hour and up to 24 hours. The longer that you marinate the pork, then more flavor it will have.

Once you're ready to cook, preheat your grill to 400ºF (204°C). After it preheat, turn off one burner and leave the other side on medium-high heat.

Two marinated pork tenderloins being cooked on a grill.

Remove the pork tenderloin from the marinade and allow the excess to drip off. Place it on the side of the grill that is on and cook for 3 minutes. Then flip to the larger side for cook for 3 more minutes.

Move the pork to the side of the grill with indirect heat, the fatter side facing the heat. Grill for 4 more minutes on each side until the pork reaches a safe internal temperature of 145°F (63°C).

Slices of marinated pork tenderloins with asparagus and risotto on a plate.

Let the meat rest before slicing into it and serving. Then serve and enjoy!

Uses for Pork Tenderloin Marinade

There are dozens of different uses for a good marinade. While this would make a juicy pork tenderloin, it's great for all different cuts of pork! Use it on pork chops or pork loin, or a delicious grilled pork tenderloin.

This is actually fabulous marinade for chicken too. It'd be great on grilled chicken breast or chicken thighs. And believe it or not, you can use this marinade as a salad dressing too!

Tips for Success

Good pork tenderloin is easy to make when you have a perfect marinade! Here's a few tips to make this recipe work well:

  • Do not use any extra marinade. If it has touched raw meat, it needs to be thrown out. However, leftover marinade that has not been used can be stored for later or even used as a salad dressing.
  • To save a bit of time, you can use the minced garlic that comes in a jar. You can find it at the grocery store near the produce.
  • Cooking pork tenderloin on an outdoor grill will be most successful if your grill is clean. Make sure you are starting with a clean grill so that the flavors turn out perfect and leftover food residue doesn't effect your pork tenderloin marinade.


How long can pork tenderloin marinade?

With this specific recipe, pork tenderloin should not marinate longer than 24 hours. After 24 hours the acid in the vinegar can begin to turn the meat.

Do you rinse off marinade before cooking?

It is not necessary to rinse a marinade off before cooking. However, you should allow excess to drip off especially if you are grilling over direct heat. Drips from marinade could cause flare-ups so make sure you let excess drip off as much as possible.

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Marinated pork tenderloins with asparagus and risotto on a plate.

Pork Tenderloin Marinade

This delicious pork tenderloin marinade is about to make your day. Loaded with so much flavor and it makes the most tender and juicy pork!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 /2 cup
Author: Madison Wetherill


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespons whole grain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper
  • 1 ½ pounds pork tenderloin this is usually sold in a package with 2 pieces equaling 1 ½ pounds


  • Mix the marinade ingredients together in a medium bowl or mason jar until well combined.
  • Place tenderloins in a medium bowl or ziptop bag. Pour marinade over and allow marinade to sit for at least 1 hour up to 24 hours.
  • Cook as desired.


Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 60mg | Sugar: 6g

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