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Dorie Greenspan's Quick-Cook Honey-Mustard Pork

Dorie Greenspan's Quick-Cook Honey-Mustard Pork 4.000

Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post

Everyday Dorie Oct 14, 2016

Sure, this dish comes together quickly, but the reason to make it is taste -- specifically, the layers of flavor in the meat's spice rub, the honeyed sauce and a last-minute application of tart mustard.

The recipe doubles or triples easily.


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Tested size: 4 servings

  • One-pound piece pork tenderloin, trimmed of silver skin and excess fat
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, or more as needed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • White sesame seeds, for serving (optional)
  • Chopped cilantro and/or parsley, for serving


Cut the meat in half lengthwise, then cut it crosswise into slices about 1/2-inch thick. Pat the slices dry with paper towels, then toss them into a mixing bowl.

Combine the chili powder, ginger, cumin, curry powder and the 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a small bowl, then sprinkle the mixture over the pork, tossing to coat evenly.

Heat the oil in a large skillet, preferably nonstick, over medium heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the pork and cook for a minute or so, turning the pieces so they brown lightly all sides.

Pour in the honey, stir to coat the meat and cook for 1 minute. Add the vinegar, quickly followed by the water; stir to deglaze the pan, dislodging any browned bits. Reduce the heat to medium-low; whisk in the mustard to form a smooth sauce, cooking and whisking for a few minutes, just until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat.

Taste, and season lightly with salt and/or pepper; it will probably need both.

Transfer to a serving platter; sprinkle with the sesame seeds, if using, and the cilantro and/or parsley. Serve warm.

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From cookbook author Dorie Greenspan.

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 250

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 10g 15%

Saturated Fat: 2g 10%

Cholesterol: 55mg 18%

Sodium: 650mg 27%

Total Carbohydrates: 20g 7%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 17g

Protein: 23g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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