Red roast pork with POMegranate glaze

This recipe is based on 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As I was developing a recipe to enter in the POM Fresh Recipe Contest (note this was in 2009, links no longer active), I decided to make it as per mum’s recipe but replace the hoisin sauce in the marinade with POM Wonderful juice and add a POM glaze with arils for basting the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.

Red roast pork with POMegranate glaze

Red roast pork with POM glaze

Easy, flavourful Red Roast Pork.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Marinade Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 55 minutes


  • 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

POM glaze

  • 2 cups POM Wonderful pomegranate juice

  • 1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup arils from a POM Wonderful Pomegranate


Make marinade

    1. 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.

    Cook the pork

    1. Pre-heat oven to 425F
    2. Drain pork fillet from marinade.
    3. Drizzle peanut oil over top of tenderloin.
    4. Put pork on wire rack over baking dish and prepare the glaze.

    Make glaze

    1. 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.
    2. Pour half of glaze into a small bowl, add the arils and set aside.

    3. Brush pork with half of the glaze in the saucepan.

    4. Bake at 425F for 10 minutes.

    5. Baste pork with remaining glaze in saucepan and reduce oven to 375F.

    6. Cook for a further 30 minutes
 or until pork registers 155˚F with a digital thermometer.
    7. Return the set aside glaze to the saucepan and keep on a very low heat to thicken until it is time to serve.

    8. Remove pork from oven, put on board and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
    9. Cut pork into diagonal slices and drizzle with the set aside glaze.

    10. Serve over a bed of rice with steamed green vegetables such as bok choi or green beans.

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!

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45 Responses to Red roast pork with POMegranate glaze

  1. jen laceda November 30, 2009 at 19:33 #

    Oh my goodness!! What a perfect time to post this! I just bought a piece of pork tenderloin yesterday. I was planning on a creamy mustard sauce, but pomegranate sounds more exciting! good luck on your POM recipe entry!

  2. Chow and Chatter November 30, 2009 at 19:34 #

    looks great Mardi

  3. and this blog November 30, 2009 at 21:12 #

    wow interesting ~ so when ur eating it, do u ever swallow the seeds? i've always been curious… haven't had pomegranate seeds since I was a kid =)

  4. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite November 30, 2009 at 21:31 #

    Jen – you will love this!

    Chow – thanks!

    and this blog – yep, you eat the seeds!

  5. French Cooking for Dummies November 30, 2009 at 22:40 #

    Oh My God! This looks and sounds amazing! I saw pomegranate in my fruit store lately, I'm definitely going to give it a try 😀

  6. Mary-Laure November 30, 2009 at 22:49 #

    I love pomegranates, which are plentiful here in California…

  7. Palidor December 1, 2009 at 00:02 #

    Yum! What a lovely way to cook pork. I must admit that I've never tried pomegranates or pom juice.

  8. Maria at Fresh Eats December 1, 2009 at 00:14 #

    This really sounds terrific. Love your mom's method, too!

  9. Jhonny walker December 1, 2009 at 00:35 #

    Hi Mardi,
    You got yourself another winner..me thinks ! And I love pomegranates on anything!…very creative 🙂

  10. Conor @ HoldtheBeef December 1, 2009 at 01:06 #

    Great dish, love the pork + fruit combination. Good luck with the contest 🙂

  11. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite December 1, 2009 at 01:12 #

    Mary-Laure – all our pomegranates COME from California 😉

    Palidor – it's yummy AND pretty!

    Fresh Eats – Mum's method is good but this is festive!

    Jhonny – ahh the competition is tough though!

    Conor – thanks!

  12. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite December 1, 2009 at 01:13 #

    French Cooking – you SHOULD!

  13. Carolyn Jung December 1, 2009 at 01:27 #

    Looks like a winner to me! 😉

  14. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite December 1, 2009 at 01:31 #

    Carolyn – well there is TONS of competition…

  15. 5 Star Foodie December 1, 2009 at 02:11 #

    The pomegranate glaze sounds incredible, so wonderful with the pork! Good luck with the contest!

  16. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite December 1, 2009 at 02:13 #

    5 star – that IS high praise coming from you!

  17. The Best Family December 1, 2009 at 02:50 #

    a great new recipe and a new vocabulary word – excellent post. 🙂

  18. Fresh Local and Best December 1, 2009 at 03:22 #

    The pomegranate sauce looks amazing! I hope you win!

  19. K a b l o o e y December 1, 2009 at 04:03 #

    Wow, does that sound good. I love pork and pomegranates (a sexy fruit, I always thought.) Good luck with the contest, and I will try this out when I get some time. I hate peeling pomegranates, even under water. And how cool that the Java babe is in your writing class. She was terrific, as I recall, even though I never did get a sample. And I DO drink the Via stuff. Say hi for me?

  20. high low December 1, 2009 at 04:37 #

    Love pomegranates, even though they take a lot of work…The recipe looks great though! Good luck Mardi!!

  21. Saveurs et Gourmandises December 1, 2009 at 10:22 #

    Voilà une recette qui me plait beaucoup. Je note.

  22. Divina Pe December 1, 2009 at 12:44 #

    Beautiful dish, Mardi. Great dish with a great color.

  23. traveleatlove December 1, 2009 at 13:52 #

    Looks like a winning recipe to me!

  24. Laura in Paris December 1, 2009 at 14:44 #

    I love pomgranate. Used to have a tree in our home and I loved licking the fruit ..
    find the color spectacular, so decorative .. but never know what to do with the seeds inside the ruby color pearls when using pomegranate in my recipes – do you swallow them?

  25. Evelyne@Cheap Ethnic Eatz December 1, 2009 at 15:33 #

    That loks so yummy. How bad is it to say that piece of meat just looks sexy! Love tenderloin and pommegranate. Congrats.

    And thank you for all the recent encouragement and praise 😀

  26. Kelly @ EvilShenanigans December 1, 2009 at 16:03 #

    Ok, that is a beautiful looking dish! I love the jewel colored pomegranate seeds over the blush colored pork! Sounds wonderful!

  27. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction December 1, 2009 at 20:51 #

    What a beautiful dish! I love the combination of pork with pomegranates… I usually throw in some apple cider in the glaze when I have it on hand, too!

  28. Yum Yucky December 1, 2009 at 21:35 #

    Salivating now. Thank you very much.

  29. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite December 1, 2009 at 22:24 #

    Best Family – I KNEW you would like the new vocab word!!

    Fresh Local – thanks!

    Kablooey – I am sure Java babe would send you some samples if you would blog about them…

    high low – thanks! and you're right – they are worth it!

    Saveurs – je vous en prie!

    Divina – thanks

    traveleatlove – I hope so!

    Laura – yep – you crunch them up

    Evelyne – thanks. It is a pretty good looking dish!

    Kelly – love your description 🙂

    Jen – oooh – that sounds awesome!

    Yum Yucky – you are welcome!

  30. Simply Life December 2, 2009 at 01:04 #

    Wow this is SO creative! I never would of thought of this combination!

  31. janet December 2, 2009 at 01:27 #

    I love old handwritten recipes, they really are family heirlooms.

  32. Diana Bauman December 2, 2009 at 01:48 #

    Oh Mardi, this looks great! The pom marinade is WOW!

  33. CaptnRachel aka Tha Pizza Cutta December 2, 2009 at 03:19 #

    You know you have my vote. Your pork looks too yummy!

  34. penny aka jeroxie December 2, 2009 at 04:29 #

    Good luck babe! I hope you win it.

  35. lindsaymeyer December 2, 2009 at 06:06 #

    Will have to try this one soon while pomegranates are in season! Looks fantastic!

  36. My Man's Belly December 2, 2009 at 16:19 #

    Mardi – looks like you've got another delicious recipe! I've been putting pomegranate products in everything this fall.

  37. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite December 2, 2009 at 20:37 #

    Simply Life – it works really well

    janet – wow the "Meatless Mama" liked the look of my dish!!! Thanks!

    Diana, Penny and Rachel – thanks!

    Lindsay – You will love it!

    My Man's Belly – thanks so much!

  38. Mum M December 4, 2009 at 00:11 #

    Mardi, the pork looks wonderful! I've got all the ingredients but I'm
    worried about the reaction your father will have to the seeds!!!
    Good luck, you've got our votes.

  39. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite December 7, 2009 at 16:53 #

    Mum – he will just have to eat and enjoy!!!

  40. Mary Ann December 10, 2009 at 05:49 #

    I made a special trip to the grocery to get the ingredients so I could make this today. Scrumptious. By far the best pork tenderloin I've had.

  41. Neil C. Phillips December 10, 2009 at 13:20 #

    Mr. Neil here — too busy for the daily blog of late.

    However did was to add that (sorry, P) this is a favourite, and the pomegranate is actually a nice addition. It adds a bit of "tart" that helps avoid the sometimes sickly-sweetness of this dish. Not that I've EVER complained about this dish. Ever.

  42. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite December 11, 2009 at 01:04 #

    Mary Ann – I am so glad you enjoyed it!

    Neil – you complain about it and you won't get it again 😉

  43. christine August 31, 2010 at 13:22 #

    Hello Mardi! I found this blog in Foodista and followed it here. This is a lovely blog and awesome Red roast pork with POMegranate glaze recipe.What a wonderful dish, where do you get your inspiration?


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