Cilantro Pesto Pork Tenderloin

Two and half years ago, Shaun and I were standing in Williams Sonoma working on our wedding registry.  We had the scanner in our hands just waiting to scan anything and everything that we could get our hands on, literally.  If you have ever stepped into this store or Sur La Table you know what I mean.  I could spend hours and a lot of serious cash in these stores if I had the time or money.

Several items that HAD to make my registry were by the brand Le Creuset.  As a home cook I didn’t own a single piece but I knew that I REALLY wanted some for our new home.  We picked the color cherry (red) for all of our cookware.  Now I really wish we would have bought different colors for everything.

Cilantro Pesto Pork Tenderloin

I now own my first dutch oven and a ton of other Le Creuset items after our wedding.  This is seriously one of my favorite brands and I talk so highly about them that my parents went out and bought several pieces for themselves.

A while back I was approached to talk about this brand and I was ecstatic.  I immediately responded with a big fat YES and then called Shaun jumping for joy.  I got to pick out a product to review and I knew immediately that I wanted to try out the grill.  We’ve used it about 5 times within the last two weeks.  Love that it is super easy to clean up and that you can have great food grilled in your home without starting up a pit in the SWELTERING heat.  Grapeseed oil is perfect to use on this cast iron grill because it reduces the smoke that is caused from grilling.  NO FIRE ALARMS – whoo hoo!  If you haven’t tried out a Le Creuset product I HIGHLY recommend that you invest in your first piece.

ENJOY ~ Meagan

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Cilantro Pesto Pork Tenderloin

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


For the Marinade
Juice from 3 key limes
1 tsp adobe sauce
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp hot sauce (preferably Frank's)
1 1/2 cups beer (preferably Shiner)
1 lb. pork tenderloin

For the Sauce
1 cup cilantro
1/4 cup greek yogurt
1/4 tsp adobe sauce
1 Tbsp pecorino cheese
1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts
2 Tbsp olive oil


In a large bowl add the first 7 ingredients. Whisk the ingredients together and add the tenderloin. Cover with saran wrap and place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours. Flip the tenderloin halfway through the process.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Turn the stove to high heat and oil the grill with grape seed oil. Place the tenderloin on the grill and sear each side for 2 minutes. Place the grill and tenderloin in the oven and cook for 20-22 minutes flipping half way through the cooking process. Internal temperature of the pork needs to reach 145 degrees. Remove from oven and let it rest for 10 minutes.

Top with the cilantro sauce before serving.

Cilantro Pesto Pork Tenderloin

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Disclosure:  I received the grill for review purposed and opinions are 100% my own.  There are affiliate links in this post.


15 Responses to “Cilantro Pesto Pork Tenderloin”

  1. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — August 7, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Oh my gosh!! Lucky girl, I wish I would get an email from them!! I’m drooling over both the pork and the pan


    • azestybite replied: — August 9th, 2013 @ 9:04 am

      Thanks Stephanie! I seriously love this grill pan.


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    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — August 7, 2013 at 9:05 am

    I got my first piece of Le Creuset this year and I am over the moon in love with the brand now! I will have to look into getting that grill pan! The pork looks fabulous!


    • azestybite replied: — August 9th, 2013 @ 9:05 am

      It’s a great brand and I LOVE everything from them.


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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — August 7, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I love Le Creuset and am I lusting after that grill pan!


    • azestybite replied: — August 9th, 2013 @ 9:05 am

      It’s a great pan to have especially if you want to grill but don’t have the time or energy to be outside in the heat.


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    Tieghan — August 7, 2013 at 9:39 am

    This looks great!! I love the cilantro in the pesto. My favorite!


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    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — August 7, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Le Creuset is a must in my home too…! What a beautiful dinner you made utilizing this new pan!


    • azestybite replied: — August 9th, 2013 @ 9:06 am

      Thanks Cathy! I love all of their stuff.


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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — August 7, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Oh man, sometimes I wish we could have anniversary registries just to stock up on all the things we didn’t get from our weddings. Then I could get my mitts on a Le Creuset Dutch oven, for sure! This dish looks scrumptious!


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    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — August 7, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    I think I might be the only blogger without a Le Creuset! Ha! But I love a good grill pan for sure! …and cilantro pesto rules, slather it on a pork tenderloin… fo-get-about-it! You’re a genius! ;)


  8. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — August 7, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Nothing beats a LeCreuset! The pesto with the pork sounds really amazing!!


  9. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — August 7, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I love Le Creuset. This pork looks so tasty.


  10. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — August 7, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    That topping looks delish!


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