Pork Tenderloin with Salty-Sweet Glaze

Amber agave nectar lends a light maple note. Tamari is a condiment reminiscent of soy sauce, which makes an acceptable substitute.


4 servings (serving size: 3 ounces pork and about 2 teaspoons glaze)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 208
Fat 3.9 g
Satfat 1.3 g
Monofat 1.8 g
Polyfat 0.4 g
Protein 23.9 g
Carbohydrate 17.9 g
Fiber 0.1 g
Cholesterol 74 mg
Iron 1.4 mg
Sodium 344 mg
Calcium 8 mg


1/4 cup amber agave nectar
1 tablespoon chopped green onions
1 tablespoon reduced-sodium tamari
2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
1 garlic clove, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar, divided
Cooking spray
1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed
1 teaspoon water
Dash of ground red pepper


1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Combine first 5 ingredients in a small saucepan; stir in 1 tablespoon vinegar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until reduced to 1/4 cup (about 3 minutes). Reserve 2 tablespoons agave mixture; set aside. Keep remaining 2 tablespoons mixture warm in pan.

3. Heat a large ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add pork to pan; cook 5 minutes, browning on all sides.

4. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Brush pork with 2 tablespoons reserved agave mixture. Bake an additional 5 minutes or until a thermometer registers 155° (slightly pink). Let stand 5 minutes.

5. Add remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons vinegar, 1 teaspoon water, and red pepper to remaining 2 tablespoons agave mixture in saucepan. Cut pork crosswise into 1/2-inch slices. Drizzle glaze over pork.