Honey Lime Pork Loin



Happy Tuesday everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  I had every intention of cleaning house yesterday (not exactly my idea of fun, but one of those lovely little necessities) until I got an invite to spend the day by the pool with friends.  After I looked around at my disaster of a house, I said the heck with it and ditched cleaning for sunshine and a much needed base tan.  I don’t know about ya’ll, but all this warm weather makes me want to fire up the grill, invite a bunch of people over and party!  This recipe is a great to make for a small crowd and super easy.  Throw a couple sides with it and you’ve got the perfect easy summer meal.  I made this for a friend last week (who just had the sweetest baby girl!!) and served it with the Stetson Salad I made a couple weeks back.  Just a little idea if you’re looking for something light and easy to make for dinner.  Plus, local honey is in abundance right now and I can’t find enough things to do with it!!!  The honey I used is from Bee Well in Pickens, SC.

Side note for another cooking method…I made this pork loin inside on a grill pan and then finished it in the oven.  I like cooking meat this way because it tends to really seal in the juices and keep it from becoming tough.


Honey Lime Pork Loin

Serves 8

1 lbs pork tenderloin

1/3 cup lime juice (about 4 large limes)

1 Tbsp of lime zest

1/4 cup of honey

1/4 cup of butter, melted

1 Tbsp of dijon mustard

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1/2 tsp of salt

1/2 tsp of cumin

1/4 tsp of red pepper

Trim any fat or silver skin off the pork loins.  Combine all of the ingredients together and add the pork loin in a gallon size ziploc bag.  Refrigerate for at least 4 hours to overnight.  Flip it a couple times while it’s in the fridge to make sure the marinade covers the whole pork loin.

Method 1 for cooking:  Heat a grill pan to high and brush with a little oil.  Sear the pork loin for about 3 minutes on all sides until the grill marks are nice and dark.  Transfer the pork to a foil lined broiling pan or foil lined cookie sheet with a roasting rack on it.  Bake at 375 for about 30 minutes or until a meat thermometer reaches 160 degrees.  Cover it with foil and allow it to rest for about 10 minutes before slicing.

Method 2 for cooking:  Heat a grill to about 375 and cook for about 20-30 minutes or until a meat thermometer reaches 160 degrees.  Remove it from the heat, cover with foil, let it rest for about 10 minutes and then slice.




6 Responses to Honey Lime Pork Loin

  1. Akansha's Recipes May 30, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    Looks so yummy! Very well described too! Definitely gonna try this!

    • admin May 30, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

      Thank you so much! Hope you enjoy it.:)

  2. Sabrina June 9, 2013 at 3:02 am #

    Absolutely wonderful! Made this last week and my brother loved it so much he requested it for his birthday meal tomorrow! Thanks for such a great recipe.

    • admin June 9, 2013 at 7:06 pm #

      I’m so glad ya’ll liked it Sabrina! Happy Birthday to your brother!

  3. Ellen July 8, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    I am loving your blog! A co-worker told me about it. I was hoping this recipe might use some products from Palmetto Olive Oil Company. I love their olive oils and balsamics but I don’t have your skill for creating delicious recipes for them. Help!

    • admin July 8, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

      Thank you so much for reading the blog! I’ll have to make a stop in Palmetto Olive Oil and see what I can find and create to share. Is there anything specific you are wanting to use?? If so, just shoot me an email and let me know. I’ll be happy to come up with something.:) carolinagirlcooks@gmail.com

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