This is a light and delicate recipe for crock pot pork tenderloin simmered in a sriracha, honey, miso, soy sauce and vegetable broth.
crock pot pork tenderloin recipe
This crock pot pork tenderloin was such a treat to eat!
As you know, Ben and I don’t eat a ton of meat on a regular basis. I would say on average our diet consists of 80% fruits and vegetables, grains and legumes, and 20% meat.
We are lucky in the sense that we generally prefer eating light, plant based dishes and it’s also what makes us feel the healthiest. But once in a while I’ll buy a nice piece of beef or pork and slow cook it until the meat is so tender, it almost melts in your mouth!
And that’s just what I did this weekend because it seemed fitted to serve something hearty as the temperatures dipped into the low 50’s.
This crockpot pork tenderloin recipe is very VERY easy to make and doesn’t take 8 hours to cook either. I was able to get a moist and tender pork in only 3 hours, and made it more nutritious by simmering it with carrots, celery and onions (you can also add a potato and turn it into a complete meal).
To add sriracha, or to not add sriracha, that was the question.
Ben and I weren’t sure if the sriracha sauce would ruin the delicate, sweet and savory taste of the broth. We have a tendency to squirt sriracha on pretty much anything and it hasn’t always made a dish better. For example, spaghetti squash alfredo is better without it because the flavors are so mild and shouldn’t be messed with. Same goes for a bowl of cereal – just kidding. Sriracha Cheerios anyone?
We didn’t expect a positive outcome for this crock pot pork tenderloin recipe but decided to go for it anyway. If you don’t take a chance, how will you ever know right?
I don’t have a crock pot but I do have a rice cooker that also functions as a slow cooker. It’s my favorite kitchen appliance because it’s compact and multifunctional (it also has a bread baking setting – this is the one I’m using). The slow cooking temperature is set at 199ºF (low setting on a slow cooker) and gradually lowers to 190ºF, where it stabilizes for the remaining cooking time. Three hours was enough to fully cook the pork but I’ll admit that the flavors really started to pop after keeping the dish on a low simmer for another couple of hours.
The broth was addictive – insanely delicious! And the addition of sriracha sauce was a home run! It added smokiness to the broth and paired beautifully with all the other ingredients. Ben liked it so much that he woke up the next day craving crock pot pork tenderloin. He made himself a plate for breakfast and I followed as soon as I got a whiff of the broth. I’m not kidding – this is the best crock pot pork tenderloin we’ve ever had!
It’s definitely something we will be making again as winter approaches. This crock pot pork tenderloin is my kind of food; healthy, light but also filling. Home style food that’s simple and comforting.
Other healthy and hearty dishes you might enjoy: Norwegian porridge, spaghetti squash with mushrooms and parmesan cheese, scalloped potatoes with caramelized fennel, salmon en croute.
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Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin Recipe
This is a light and delicate recipe for crock pot pork tenderloin simmered in a sriracha, honey, miso, soy sauce and vegetable broth. You can use a crock pot, slow cooker or rice cooker for this recipe.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 180 minutes
- Total Time: 190 minutes
- Yield: 4 people 1x
- Category: Main
- Method: Slow cooking
- Cuisine: American
- 1 1/2 – 2 pounds pork tenderloin (preferably grass-fed)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 medium carrots (roughly chopped)
- 2 stalks celery (roughly chopped)
- 1 medium onion (roughly chopped)
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- 2 tablespoons miso paste (I use awase for this recipe)
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce
- Trim excess fat off pork tenderloin.
- In a bowl, whisk in all of the ingredients for the broth until they have dissolved.
- Put pork tenderloin, garlic and onions in crock pot and pour the broth over.
- Cook on high for 5-6 hours, until pork is tender.
Crock pot temperature can vary. Refer to your manual to find out the exact temperature of your slow cooker.
- Calories: 398
- Sugar: 9.3
- Sodium: 824
- Fat: 8.6
- Saturated Fat: 2.8
- Trans Fat: 0.1
- Carbohydrates: 15.1
- Fiber: 2.6
- Protein: 61.8
- Cholesterol: 166
Keywords: recipe, hearty, comfort food