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Tamarind Pork with Pineapple-Ginger Chutney

Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Total time 40 mins
Yield 8 servings (serving size: 3 ounces pork and about 1/4 cup chutney)
Tamarind is a pod containing sticky, tart pulp and large seeds. Tamarind paste is more convenient, as it's seedless. Buy it at Asian, Latin, or Indian markets. Or substitute 2 tablespoons lime juice for less-complex flavor.


  • Chutney:
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 serrano chile, seeded and minced
  • 3 cups chopped pineapple
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons gold rum
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • Pork:
  • 1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons tamarind paste
  • 2 (1-pound) pork tenderloins
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

Nutrition Information

  • calories 227
  • fat 5.6 g
  • satfat 1.6 g
  • monofat 2.4 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • protein 23.1 g
  • carbohydrate 19.1 g
  • fiber 1.4 g
  • cholesterol 64 mg
  • iron 1.4 mg
  • sodium 460 mg
  • calcium 26 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare chutney, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, ginger, and chile to pan; cover and cook 6 minutes or until onion is tender. Uncover. Stir in pineapple and next 3 ingredients (through 1/4 teaspoon salt); bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes or until pineapple is tender, stirring occasionally. Cool 20 minutes; stir in cilantro and red pepper.

  2. Preheat oven to 400°.

  3. To prepare pork, combine chili sauce and next 3 ingredients (through tamarind), stirring to combine. Reserve half of soy mixture. Heat a cast-iron grill pan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle pork with 3/4 teaspoon salt and black pepper; coat pork with oil. Add pork to pan; sauté 4 minutes on 1 side or until browned. Brush pork with half of soy mixture; turn pork over. Place pan in oven; bake at 400° for 16 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the thickest portion of pork registers 155° (slightly pink). Remove pork from pan; let stand 10 minutes. Brush pork evenly with reserved soy mixture. Slice pork crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick medallions. Serve with chutney.

Cook's Notes

If you don't care to use the rum in the chutney, you can substitute 2 tablespoons of pineapple juice.

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