Apricot Balsamic Pork Tenderloin with Sesame Crust

Apricot Balsamic Pork Tenderloin with Sesame Crust


  • 2 pork tenderloins, a minimum of 1 lb

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

  • 1 cup apricot jam, divided

  • 1/3 cup white sesame seeds

  • 2 Tbsp hoisin sauce

  • 2 Tbsp J. Olive Co. Apricot balsamic vinegar

  • 2 tsp J. Olive Co. Sesame Seed oil


  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees* and arrange oven rack in middle position.

  2. Season pork on all sides with salt and pepper and with the back of a spoon completely coat tenderloins with 1/4 cup of apricot jam.

  3. Sprinkle sesame seeds all over both tenderloins until evenly coated.

  4. Line a shallow roasting pan with foil and transfer pork on it.

  5. Roast 29 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer reads between 150 and 155 degrees.

  6. Remove from oven, lift foil and wrap around pork. Let stand 5 minutes.

  7. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine remaining apricot jam, hoisin sauce, balsamic vinegar, and sesame oil.

  8. Bring to a simmer, stirring, and cook 5 minutes.

  9. Slice tenderloins into 1-inch thick slices and spoon warm sauce over them.

*The oven temp seems high, but it is important because it gives the sesame seed crust its deep, roasted flavor.

Recipe courtesy of Epicurious.com