Sweet and spicy roasted pork tenderloin with a fiery peanut butter basil sauce. I have been on a personal mission to include peanut butter in all of my meals and snacks so you can imagine my excitement with this recipe.
drooling over seeing Peanut Butter & Co ‘The Heat is On’ peanut butter around the blog0sphere for the past few months, I FINALLY found it at Target. Way to step up your A-game, Target! I squealed when I found it and jumped in the air while simultaneously slam dunking it into my basket. It had no other destiny. It was made for this meal.
If you can’t find it at a local grocery store, you can purchase it off the Peanut Butter & Co website.
Let me just take a moment to emphasis the spicy in the title of this recipe. It will definitely wake up your taste buds…. or slightly numb them. But don’t worry, it’s only temporary and all-so worth it. To make the sauce a little more mild, just use half ‘The Heat is On’ peanut butter and half plain, creamy peanut butter.
The sauce recipe makes a very generous amount. I thought about cutting it in half, but then what would I slather my chicken/turkey burgers/fish with the next few nights? It’s that good. The perfect amount of flavor, sweetness and heat. Really reels me in.
Pork tenderloins serve as the perfect blank canvas for all sorts of fun sauces, spice rubs and marinades. They are simple enough to make during the week for a family dinner, yet can easily be jazzed up for a fancy dinner party with friends. Pork tenderloin is the leanest cut of pork – almost as lean as chicken breasts. What’s not to love?
Roasted Pork Loin Roast with Spicy Peanut Butter Basil Sauce
Makes ~5 4-ounce servings
- 1 pork tenderloin (~18 ounces)
- 1 tbsp Harissa
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- Sea salt and pepper
Spicy Peanut Butter Basil Sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- 4 tbsp Peanut Butter & Co ‘The Heat is On’ Peanut Butter
- 2 tsp low sodium soy sauce (or Tamari if making gluten-free)
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 shallot, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, finely shopped
- 2 tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil for cooking
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
- Heat large non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Pat pork loin with paper towels to remove extra moisture. Season with salt and pepper. Place in skillet and sear for 3-4 minutes per side. This is simply to brown the outside of the loin.
- Remove from skillet. Let cool until able to handle. Coat both sides of loin with Harissa and brown sugar. Place in a roasting pan. Roast for ~40 minutes or until internal temperature reads 145 degrees F.
- In the meantime, bring 1/2 cup to a low boil stove-top. Remove from heat and transfer to a medium-sized bowl. Whisk in peanut butter, soy sauce, brown sugar and basil.
- Heat extra virgin olive oil in a small skillet over low-medium heat. Add shallot and sauté for 3-4 minutes, until translucent. Add garlic and sauté for another minute. Remove from heat and add to peanut butter sauce.
- Slice pork tenderloin and place on a platter. Top with peanut butter sauce and extra basil leaves for aesthetic appeal. Serve immediately. Enjoy!