ffwD: Fresh Orange Pork Tenderloin


I haven’t had pork tenderloin in years. Seriously. The last time I ate pork tenderloin was in 2006 during my trip to Scottsdale, Arizona where I had grilled pork tenderloin served with a mango peach salsa. Ah, fond delicious memories…

Based on my past experience, I was excited to try Dorie’s fresh orange pork tenderloin this week. The use of cardamom and orange was interesting, but I was mainly intrigued by how completely she incorporated the orange in the dish (zest strips, segments, and squeezed juice)! Overall, the dish was very flavorful, and the tenderloin was indeed tender. I’d consider making this again as a “treat” away from my vegan diet, especially when I have a hankering for the generic fried orange pork dish usually found in local Chinese restaurants.

This fresh orange pork tenderloin was made as a part of French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who are cooking their way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.


57 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cher
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 07:25:43

    It looks like your dish worked out beautifully. The mango peach salsa sounds like something worth recreating!

  2. markd60
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 07:44:47

    That looks good, and I’ve been meaning to make some pork chops on the grill. I have never bought or made any type of pork, except bacon, which is not pork, it’s in its own food group.

  3. Dara
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 07:57:48

    Yum. I’m loving the citrus and pork. Well done.

  4. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 08:00:31

    I like that you have orange strips and the segments are whole! Mine desintegrated. The salsa sounds great!

  5. Alison
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 08:07:25

    That looks so good!! I love fruit in a main dish and this looks so delicious!

  6. Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 08:20:50

    The orange flair sounds good!

  7. Food,Photography & France
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 08:59:44

    Certainly looks orange, Yummy. I’m still trying to work out how pork fits in with Vegan, even on a day off πŸ˜‰

  8. Karen
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 09:25:18

    Pork tenderloin is such a tender piece of meat…your dish looks terrific.

  9. Mary
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 09:39:00

    Ohh it looks wonderful, I think orange and cardamon is such a lovely combination – will diffinitely try this!
    mary x

  10. Natalie
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 10:08:33

    The orange adds great flavour, nice!

  11. @SimpleLivngEat
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 11:12:43

    I’ve never cooked pork tenderloin. I love sausage and thought I would love the pork more, but I didn’t find it to be that tender. I’ve had a cut of whole loin that was grilled and it was much more tender. Hmmh, glad you enjoyed it.

  12. mademoiselle mode
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 12:08:27

    Humm yummy !

    New post – Kisses

  13. The Sketched Chef
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 12:23:09

    I love this combination !
    this dish looks really great

  14. Sara
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 12:26:17

    It is a nice alternative to those Chinese orange dishes, isn’t it! I liked this one a lot – simple and mostly healthy! Yours looks really terrific!

  15. Simply Life
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 12:30:46

    oooh this looks like it has great flavors!

  16. Choc Chip Uru
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 13:39:15

    That looks so delicious my friend πŸ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

  17. Daniela
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 15:50:59

    Mmh, this recipe looks irresistible and the colors are beautiful!
    Love the combination with the orange in so many different presentations.

  18. Geraldine Saucier
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 16:31:18

    Your pork tenderloin looks delicious. Great job.

  19. Liz
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 16:39:21

    I’m so glad you liked this one! I thought it was fine, but probably won’t repeat it πŸ™‚

  20. Norma Chang
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 16:52:55

    Your dish looks so delicious. I too love how every part of the orange is incorporated in the dish.

  21. Cakelaw
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 17:13:52

    Your pork looks amazing! Mine looks as though a cyclone dumped on the plate.

  22. tammycirceo
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 18:25:18

    You did get quite a nice sear on your pork. It looks wonderful!

  23. Kate
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 18:28:29

    Delicious recipe. Looks wonderful! Can’t wait to try it.

  24. betsy
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 20:29:33

    Looks delicious! I did like how tender the pork was, though I found the sauce lacking.

  25. rebeccasubbiah
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 21:54:24

    looks so good have a great weekend

  26. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen
    Feb 08, 2013 @ 22:01:29

    I haven’t had it in years either, but this recipe is making me want to have it SOON! πŸ™‚

  27. Krissy
    Feb 09, 2013 @ 00:27:13

    We really liked these flavors and this pork dish…I fixed it up differently, but it is still basically the same. My family would like this again. Yours looks really, really good!

  28. andrea janssen
    Feb 09, 2013 @ 03:40:14

    Looks great, have a nice weekend.

  29. Shakti Ghosal
    Feb 09, 2013 @ 03:58:37

    Great presentation, looks yummy all right. Combination of orange and cardamom seems a blast.


  30. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write)
    Feb 09, 2013 @ 06:50:17

    Yes this was tasty, wasn’t it? πŸ™‚

  31. alwaysaddmorebutter
    Feb 09, 2013 @ 08:33:12

    Very pretty!

  32. bakeawaywithme.com
    Feb 09, 2013 @ 09:01:25

    Oh this looks yummy!! My mouth is watering just looking at your photo! Glad this was a hit! I am on my way to Fl. so I won’t be posting mine till next week! Enjoy your weekend!

  33. Elaine
    Feb 09, 2013 @ 09:55:10

    Yours has such a beautiful orange color! I am so glad that you also enjoyed this dish. The flavor combinations were so delicious. Hope you have a good weekend.

  34. dulceshome
    Feb 09, 2013 @ 10:26:43

    So happy you enjoyed the dish, and your “treat”. It looks delicious. I didn’t just love, love mine, but with a little tweaking (or maybe that salsa instead), it could be really nice. Enjoy the weekend!

  35. Melolimparfaite
    Feb 09, 2013 @ 12:23:33

    fantastic ! looks really good

  36. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Feb 09, 2013 @ 14:24:36

    We just got pork loin too. This looks great. I’d love it with brown rice.

  37. Mary Hirsch
    Feb 09, 2013 @ 18:12:34

    I am absolutely amazed that anyone would remember what they had for dinner in 2006 in Scottsdale, Arizona. There must be more to this story…… I commend you for continuing your vegetarian pursuits – it is a healthy way to eat. It is nice, however, to take a break and, I agree, the pork tenderloin is a nice treat.

  38. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Feb 09, 2013 @ 20:44:57

    We have pork tenderloin quite frequently in winter.. it’s so adaptable to the fresh sweet fruits.. like your orange! What a lovely new way to prepare a tenderloin!xx

  39. Balvinder
    Feb 09, 2013 @ 23:11:04

    They look delicious!

  40. Jessica
    Feb 10, 2013 @ 00:43:48

    ooooo yum


  41. hotlyspiced
    Feb 10, 2013 @ 05:52:49

    Your pork and orange dish looks so lovely. I think pork and orange work well together but I have to say, I can only take cardamon in small doses xx

  42. anita menon
    Feb 10, 2013 @ 06:21:03

    It looks delicious. Though I don’t fancy pork but the flavouring seems very interesting

  43. Madryt
    Feb 10, 2013 @ 06:50:15

    You are a very capable person!

  44. Nancy/SpicieFoodie
    Feb 10, 2013 @ 08:16:13

    Pork tenderloin is a great cut. It also pairs perfectly with citrus. Yours looks great!

  45. Alice
    Feb 10, 2013 @ 10:58:43

    sounds like a great idea! Glad you liked it so much!

  46. Ameena
    Feb 10, 2013 @ 13:27:45

    Not sure why I didn’t know you are primarily vegan? That must be tricky when you have so much good food hanging around. πŸ™‚ I admire people who can do it even part time though…it’s not easy!

  47. Beth
    Feb 10, 2013 @ 14:10:09

    I don’t eat a lot of pork either, but I was intrigued by the orange in this recipe too. I’m glad it worked out for you.

  48. Zoe
    Feb 10, 2013 @ 17:09:56

    Pork tenderloin is a great cut and it looks really good in this combination.

  49. Jenn and Seth
    Feb 10, 2013 @ 19:27:39

    sounds so delicious and full of flavor!

  50. Amelia
    Feb 10, 2013 @ 22:25:31

    Hi, this pork dish look very scrumptious. Great combination.
    Have a great week ahead.

  51. Chef Randall
    Feb 11, 2013 @ 01:10:35

    Hey Yummy, I just clicked over to say thanks and then I saw the picture of your pork tenderloin and almost bang my face against my PC screen. It looks so tasty and delicious. Wow, this is great the food recipes you post here.

    Thanks for viewing my blog. I appreciate your comments and readership.

    Chef Randall

  52. francesca
    Feb 11, 2013 @ 03:29:29

    Tender and delicious whit the orange aroma.
    Have a beautiful week darling!

  53. triciaandnana
    Feb 11, 2013 @ 05:34:49

    Would you think less of me if I said I love that fried orange pork stuff too (albeit not the generic ones πŸ™‚ ! Love the color you got on yours- Nana also did a great job with the browning and I will be sure to get more color on my pork next time. It was very moist, though, with all that juice. A fun change of pace~

  54. TrafficDiva
    Feb 11, 2013 @ 08:07:30

    WOW..that looks SO good..I’ll take 2 orders with a side of Jasmine rice and don’t forget the fortune cookie (or a piece of angel food cake you made last week)! YUM-YUM!!!

  55. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Feb 12, 2013 @ 00:40:18

    Good to hear. I was really curious to know if pork and orange goes well together (I’ve done orange and chicken). Looks like something my kids will enjoy…if they don’t end up with eating just oranges. πŸ˜€

  56. Trevor Sis. Boom
    Feb 13, 2013 @ 09:10:50

    What a delicious color! I’ve already made this again roasted and it was much better so that is how I will do it from now on.

  57. ambrosiana
    Feb 18, 2013 @ 11:11:01

    This is delicious!! I love oranges and pork!,

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