This recipe is a family favourite – both in my immediate family and now in the ELTW household.
When my sister and I are at home or when mum and dad are visiting us, we always ask mum to cook this dish – it’s become a classic. Luckily I pretty much know the quantities off by heart since look at what mum’s recipe is looking like these days (photocopied I believe in 1991):
As I am entering this in the POM Fresh Recipe Contest, I decided to make it as per mum’s recipe but replace the hoisin sauce in the marinade with POM Wonderful juice and add a POM glaze with arils for basting the pork whilst is is cooking and to serve.
• 1 lean pork tenderloin (about 200g)
• 1/4 cup soy sauce
• 1/4 cup POM Wonderful pomegranate juice
• 2 tablespoons brown sugar
• 1 tablespoon garlic powder
• 1 tablespoon Chinese five spice powder
• 1 teaspoon ginger powder
• peanut oil
• 2 cups POM Wonderful pomegranate juice
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1/4 cup arils from a POM Wonderful Pomegranate
1. Make marinade: Combine soy sauce, POM juice, sugar, garlic powder, five spice powder and ginger powder in a jug and mix well.
2. Pour over cleaned pork tenderloin and cover. Marinade several hours to overnight (the longer the better), turning occasionally.
3. Pre-heat oven to 425F
4. Drain pork fillet from marinade.
5. Drizzle peanut oil over top of tenderloin. (NB: Greg from The Chef Upstairs suggests that grapeseed oil could be used here so as to be allergy-friendly – great idea – thanks Greg!)
6. Put pork on wire rack over baking dish and prepare the glaze.
7. Make glaze: Combine juice and sugar in a med saucepan over med heat, and bring to a boil. Cook until it reduces significantly (around 1 cup), approx 6-8 minutes. It should still be a little watery. Pour half of glaze into a small bowl, add the arils and set aside.
Enjoy! It is actually a super easy dish to prepare and can easily be made on a weeknight if you have pre-marinaded the meat. I love the twist with the POM juice in the marinade and the glaze with arils. The crunch counteracts the melt in your mouth pork and the flavours work really well together!
If you like the look of this, head on over to the POM website and vote for my Red Roast Pork with POMegranate glaze. Click here (edited to add, link is no longer active). Thanks so much in advance!