Asian Pork Tenderloin With Peanut Sauce And Stir-Fried Noodles

pork tenderloin with peanut sauce and asian noodles

Tender pork tenderloin topped with peanut sauce and served alongside Asian stir-fried noodles is a combination of savory flavors that creates a colorful and delicious meal that’s simple to prepare. It’s better than ordering take out and might become one of your favorite go to meals…it’s that good.

Not one or two but three easy and adaptable recipes that can be prepared separately or served together for a delicious meal. What is nice is that you will probably already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen so you won’t have to go shopping for hard to find ingredients.

Pork Tenderloin With Peanut Sauce And Stir-fried Asian Noodles

Pork Tenderloin 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

  • 1 pork tenderloin (about 1 to 1 1/2 lbs.), trimmed of all silver skin
  • 2 Tbsp. peanut or canola oil (divided)
  • 1 Tbsp. Chinese five spice powder
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper or to taste 

Mix the dry rub ingredients together well. Rub the pork tenderloin with 1 Tbsp. oil then cover with the spice rub and pat so the rub adheres. Let the pork marinate for at least 30 minutes or cover and refrigerate for several hours.

Heat the remaining oil in an ovenproof sauté pan over medium high heat. When the oil starts to shimmer, add the pork and sear on all sides (about 1 to 2 minutes each side). Transfer to the preheated oven and roast until the pork registers 145 degrees (about 10 – 15 minutes, depending on the size of the tenderloin). Remove from the oven and rest for 10 minutes (the temperature will continue to rise) so the juices redistribute into the meat before slicing. Serve with peanut ginger sauce.

Peanut Ginger Sauce (About 3/4 cup)

  • 2 tsp. peanut oil
  • 1 tsp. sesame seed oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated (approx. 2-3 tsp.)
  • 1/4 c. natural peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. sweet Thai chili sauce
  • juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 c. or more water for thinning the sauce
  • 1 tsp. sriracha (optional)

Heat the oils in a small saucepan over medium heat, add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add all the other ingredients except the water and cook until the peanut butter is melted and smooth. Slowly add the water a little at a time until the desired consistency. 

Asian Stir-Fried Noodles

  • 12 oz. fresh Chinese noodles or spaghetti
  • 1 Tbsp. peanut oil
  • 1/4 c. chicken broth
  • 3 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. chili garlic sauce (sriracha may be substituted)
  • 3 additional tsp. peanut oil
  • 1/2 large onion, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. grated ginger
  • 1 small can sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 3 scallions, white parts thinly sliced, save tops for garnish

In a small bowl, whisk together the broth, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil and garlic sauce then set aside. Cook the noodles or spaghetti in a pot of boiling water according to package directions then drain. Place in a bowl and toss with 1 Tbsp. oil to prevent sticking.

Heat the additional oil in a sauté pan over medium high heat. Add the onion, red pepper and ginger then cook, stirring frequently, until tender crisp. Add the water chestnuts, noodles, scallions and sauce then cook until sauce is absorbed, about 2 – 3 minutes. Transfer to a platter, garnished with the green tops of the scallions. 

asian pork tenderloin with peanut sauce and stir-fried noodles
Asian Pork Tenderloin With Peanut Sauce And Stir-fried Noodles

When making the spice rub for the pork, if you don’t have Chinese five spice powder you can make a mixture with 1 tsp. ground ginger, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, and 1/8 tsp. ground cloves, 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. black pepper.

In warm weather, the pork tenderloin can be prepared on the grill just adjust the cooking times accordingly until you reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees.

For a creamier peanut sauce, you can substitute the water with coconut milk.

The peanut ginger sauce recipe makes about 3/4 cup of sauce. Any remaining sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for several weeks. Thin with water, if necessary, after being refrigerated. 

The peanut ginger sauce is delicious on chicken, pork and seafood. It is also great used as a dip, tossed with noodles or used as a salad dressing.

If you can’t find fresh Chinese noodles, you can use spaghetti, rice noodles, udon, lo mein or other pasta noodle of your choice.

If you don’t like water chestnuts, add thin sliced carrots, snow peas or bok choy. If you like your food extra spicy, double or triple the amount of chili garlic sauce to your own taste.

For extra flavor, texture and color to this dish, you can add some chopped peanuts, cilantro or sliced limes when serving.

Cook’s Notes

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I’ve shared three recipes with you, the pork tenderloin that I serve with an easy peanut ginger sauce and quick Asian style stir-fried noodles. They go well together or can be served separately. The meals are easy to prepare with ingredients you may already have and adaptable to your own family’s tastes and dietary restrictions. I think you can forget about ordering takeout for one of your weeknight meals…enjoy!

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101 thoughts on “Asian Pork Tenderloin With Peanut Sauce And Stir-Fried Noodles

  1. I love peanut sauce! The recipe I’ve been using is slightly different to the one you give here but I will try yours next time 😊.

  2. A very flavorful meal. Love the Asian flavors in the noodles and peanut sauce. Never thought of using a peanut sauce on pork tenderloin, but you’ve made it sucha complementary pairing. Thanks//1

  3. This I am sur would taste great but peanut butter is a forbidden word in this house, the only thing we both really dislike!!! Happy new year and keep safe, Diane

    1. Hi Diane, If you like the sound of this meal, you can just eliminate the peanut sauce. The pork will still be very flavorful because of the rub. Thank you for your compliment and wish.

  4. I am such a fan of your posts as your recipes always appeal to mr. taste buds. Too, I admire you photography as shooting food gives me my least satisfactory results. Happy New Year!

  5. I so enjoy your posts as your recipes always appeal to my taste buds. Also, I admire your photos as shooting food is not what I do best. Happy New Year!

    1. I appreciate your kind words about my posts and photos, Linda. Thank you so much, your compliments as well as your friendship is much appreciated.

  6. These sound really great! i just made an Asian orange pork tenderloin and served it with friend rice. Happy New Year!

  7. Such a great meal — tons of flavor. We really like pork with Asian flavors. And will never — ever! — turn down noodles of any kind. 🙂

    1. Thank you John, I agree with you on both counts. Asian flavors and pork work well together and noodles are always a winner at our table. 😊

  8. I think I could have the peanut sauce with a spoon or maybe a straw. 😉 What a beautiful and delicious combination of flavors! 🙂 ~Valentina

    1. I’m happy to know that you are thinking about preparing this meal Liz, I hope you will enjoy it as much as we did. Thank you for your compliment and wish.

  9. Happy 2021!!….all the best for you and your family….I love fried noodles and your recipe looks fantastic!!….it has everything!!……Abrazotes, Marcela

    1. So true David, there are many applications for the peanut ginger sauce. For example, iit is good as a dressing on salads when thinned down a little. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  10. You’ve hit all the right tones with this recipe! The pork couldn’t be more tender and it pairs well with the noodles and peanut sauce. Perfect meal!

  11. Yum, yum! Too funny! This sounds delicious, Karen! I ordered the same from a Chinese restaurant for delivery on New Year’s Eve. It was delicious! And it looks like your recipe is the same, next time I will make my own. I love love peanut sauce! And those noodles are awesome! Thanks for the recipe! Take care and Happy New Year!!! The best in 2021 for you!!!!

  12. Hi Karen, just wanted to let you know I sent you an e-mail but don’t know if it ended up in your spam folder!
    Happy New Year to you, Kiki

    1. Happy New Year Kiki. Thank you for your message, I did find your note and I hope you got my reply. Stay safe…hopefully the world will be able to start traveling later in the year or at least by 2022. 😘

    1. Hi Caroline, I believe you would really enjoy the meal and we think the peanut ginger sauce is a winner. Thank you for your nice compliment.

    1. I’m happy to know that you enjoy peanut sauce as much as I do. I thought it went so well with the pork. Thank you for your nice compliment.

    1. Hi Jo, While I know it is perfectly safe to eat pork a little pink, I do know that many prefer it cooked a smidgen longer. 😊 Thank you for your compliment.

    1. Hi David, Definitely try adding the peanut ginger sauce to pork, you will love the flavor combination. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  13. Such a delicious looking meal, Karen. The pork looks perfectly cooked and tender, and the peanut ginger sauce sounds amazing!

  14. This looks amazing, Karen! I can’t wait to try your recipe. I’ve never thought about pairing pork and peanut sauce together before so it’s going to be fun to try something new. Thanks so much, CoCo

  15. I’m happy to know that this meal has inspired you to try the peanut ginger sauce with pork, I believe you will love the combination. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  16. Karen, I can only imagine how delicious this is! I can’t get enough peanut sauce to satisfy my cravings for it, so with your recipe, I can make it at home and enjoy it whenever! I’ve never made it at home and just love it in Thai restaurants. But the bottled stuff, no matter what brand, is always a let-down. Thanks so much for sharing this, Karen! 5 stars!

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