Supermom | Indonesian Pork Tenderloin

We all know one. She’s your neighbor next door. She’s your daughter’s hair stylist. She’s the woman in your yoga class.

She’s supermom.

In my case, she’s one of my best friends.

My dearest friend, Olivia, is a supermom. Not just a supermom, but an über-supermom. Don’t believe me? This mama to three manages a career as a small business lender, travels frequently for business (often with baby in tow!), cofounded the site urbanMamas, runs marathons, conquered Hood to Coast barely a year after giving birth, cycles here-there-and-everywhere all over Portland (can you say low car diet?), grows her own salad, harvests her own figs and jams them, makes fresh pasta for dinner, and makes. my. head. spin.

And I’m just scratching the surface. Just when I think she has a very full life, Olivia always seems to find the time and the energy to do more. To nurture her community. To nurture her marriage. To nurture herself. To nurture her family and friendships.

When I think I have it busy, I just think of Olivia. And I hang my head in shame. Truth be told, since I started this site, I have been struggling to keep up our lengthy email dialogues with one another. I miss that. I miss chatting about food with just her. We have been known to devote novel-esque email messages to one another revolving solely around food. And the wonderful thing about Olivia is that she knows how to make amazing dishes, both exceedingly elaborate and remarkably simple. When you’re a supermom, simple but brilliant recipes are key.

I wanted to share an example of a super simple meal that takes virtually no effort whatsoever. If you’re scrambling for an easy but fabulous dinner on a weeknight, Olivia’s Indonesian Pork Tenderloin will take pantry-ready ingredients and transform a tenderloin into a sweet and spicy masterpiece.

Now that you have dinner ready, go train for that marathon!

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Indonesian Pork Tenderloin

Recipe courtesy of Olivia Rebanal

  • 1 1-lb pork tenderloin
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup mango chutney

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Trim fat from tenderloin. Combine soy sauce, peanut butter, red pepper flakes and garlic, stirring well. Spread mixture over tenderloin. Place on a rack in a roasting pan coated with cooking spray. Insert meat thermometer into thickest part of tenderloin, if desired. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

Brush tenderloin with mango chutney and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until meat thermometer registers 160°F, basting often with chutney. Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

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by Liren Baker on March 26, 2011

52 Responses to “Supermom | Indonesian Pork Tenderloin”

  1. Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } March 26, 2011 @ 11:14 am (#
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    Happy Saturday Liren! This pork tenderloin is on my list of MUST MAKES! Charles and I enjoy pork tenderloin and I have been searching for a great recipe. Now I have found it! Enjoy your weekend, yet another wet one. Off to conquer the treadmill! :-)

  2. Brian @ A Thought For Food March 26, 2011 @ 11:15 am (#
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    So sweet to include your best friend in your post. This pork looks perfectly cooked and full of such wonderful flavor.

  3. Chef Dennis March 26, 2011 @ 11:19 am (#
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    that does sound likes such an easy way to have a wonderfully flavorful dinner! Pork tenderloins are really underused, its a great piece of meat and very easy to work with.
    The mango chutney is a nice touch, I’ll definitely keep this recipe close by, my wife does enjoy pork
    Cheers
    Dennis

    • Liren replied: — March 28th, 2011 @ 11:11 pm

      The mango chutney is my favorite part – just love how it caramelizes!

  4. Nami @ Just One Cookbook March 26, 2011 @ 11:40 am (#
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    Hi Liren! You are a supermom to me! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe! The story of your friends really inspired me.

    • Liren replied: — March 28th, 2011 @ 11:10 pm

      Aw, thank you, Nami! I try my best, but I have a lot to live up to, when I have Olivia in my life :) She really is inspiring.

  5. Kathy Diaz (found baking) March 26, 2011 @ 12:51 pm (#
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    Wow this looks really delicious. Okay, I am jealous of your supermom friend. I can never find time to do everything but maybe it’s because I am slacking sometimes. Hahaha! Thanks for this recipe… I will give it a try.

  6. Belinda @zomppa March 26, 2011 @ 12:58 pm (#
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    She sounds like a super friend. =) What an amazing meal.

  7. Angela@RecipesFromMyMom March 26, 2011 @ 1:58 pm (#
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    We’re always looking for interesting ways to cook pork tenderloins because they are so easy but tend to get boring if you don’t have a great marinade or glaze. This will definitely get some tastebud attention. Thanks Liren and Olivia.

  8. The Café Sucré Farine March 26, 2011 @ 2:10 pm (#
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    Wow, this looks amazing – and so simple too! Wonderful photo that is making my mouth water! This will definitely be on my list to make in the near future. I bet the leftovers would be great too, shredded in a wrap or on a pizza, yum! Thanks for sharing a great recipe – I have it bookmarked!

  9. Cheryl | Black Girl Chef's Whites March 26, 2011 @ 5:48 pm (#
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    That sounds so good and easy which is right up my alley! I bet it would be good on chops too.

  10. Maggie March 26, 2011 @ 6:07 pm (#
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    It does sound very good, but being the most populous Muslim nation in the world, Indonesia is generally not known for its pork recipes.

    • Liren replied: — March 28th, 2011 @ 11:09 pm

      Hi Maggie, that’s a very good point. But I do love how the flavors translate well to the pork, and it also would work well on other meats as well!

  11. Hungry Native March 27, 2011 @ 6:22 am (#
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    Looks simple and tasty.

  12. Christina @ This Woman Cooks! March 27, 2011 @ 7:31 am (#
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    I am always amazed by women who manage to do so much and accomplish so much. Makes my head spin. This pork looks delicious, I’ll be bookmarking it. :)

  13. Jean March 27, 2011 @ 10:02 am (#
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    Liren, your friend sounds like a Super Mom indeed, but I consider you one, too. :-)

    You made me smile with your “novel-esque” comment; I I’ve had those email and live conversations with some of my friends, too. Yes, it’s been more difficult since starting the blog, too. :-) It’s so nice to have friends like them.

    Okay, I’ve been meaning to add pork to our regular rotation and this just might do it. It looks so easy! Thanks to you and your friend Olivia for sharing!

  14. Gluten Free Confessions March 27, 2011 @ 1:26 pm (#
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    That looks so amazing, and moist, and wonderful. Thanks for sharing- and beautiful image!

  15. Lisa @ Tarte du Jour.com March 27, 2011 @ 7:14 pm (#
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    I adore pork tenderloin and this Indonesian version looks amazing! Lovely photo too!

  16. Meghan March 27, 2011 @ 7:43 pm (#
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    This is such a nice post to write about your friend :) The recipe sounds perfect for those super busy days when there is just not enough time in the day!

  17. Liz March 28, 2011 @ 3:45 am (#
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    WOW! This sounds fabulous…and I have all the ingredients! This will definitely be dinner one night this week :)

  18. Priscilla - She's Cookin' March 28, 2011 @ 8:13 am (#
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    Olivia definitely sounds like a supermom and a super friend – but so are you, plus it’s important that the friends in our lives inspire us :) I love pork tenderloin because it can be dressed up so easily and cooks so quickly, but I’ve never prepared it Indonesian style – I’m definitely trying this soon. Have a great week – and congrats on the Top 9!

  19. Kath March 28, 2011 @ 8:41 am (#
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    I love finding new recipes for pork tenderloin, and this one looks like a winner! I just bookmarked it!

  20. ellen March 28, 2011 @ 8:48 am (#
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    your friend olivia must know my friend lisa – cut from the same cloth… this looks like an amazing recipe – looks like it would also work well in the crockpot – pork is one of the best meats for that I have found. Thanks for sharing…

    • Liren replied: — March 28th, 2011 @ 11:12 pm

      I never thought about the crock pot, but you’re right, it would work nicely, I’m sure. Just make extra sauce!

  21. Kita March 28, 2011 @ 8:43 pm (#
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    I know a supermom or two and don’t know how they do it. This pork tenderloin looks like a super meal though. I can’t wait to try it.

  22. Susan March 29, 2011 @ 5:19 am (#
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    Liren, this sounds just awesome! I love pork tenderloins, so easy to cook and such a good deal … no waste and great taste. I’m saving this recippe for the next time I pick one up at market!

  23. Scott March 29, 2011 @ 7:39 pm (#
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    I just made this tonight for dinner and it was fantastic. So easy and quick to pull together and the flavors were amazing. It’ll be a regular for me from now on. Thanks for the recipe, Liren!

    • Liren replied: — March 30th, 2011 @ 3:49 pm

      Hi Scott, I am so glad you liked it! The first time I made it, I couldn’t get over how quick and easy it was – and now it’s a regular for me, too! Thank you for letting me that you tried it :)

  24. sarah March 29, 2011 @ 9:33 pm (#
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    I think I’ll skip the marathon bit, but I’m definitely going to try this dish. Lovely post!

  25. Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious March 30, 2011 @ 5:07 am (#
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    Your photo drew me in, your story charmed me, and then I made the pork, and OH MY! It’s wonderful! I didn’t have chutney, so I sweetened the peanut rub with sugar, and that worked well, too. It’s funny, my kids were not so sure about this when they saw it in the oven, but they licked their plates clean. That says it, to me.

    • Liren replied: — March 30th, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

      Hi Dorothy – Great tip and substitution for the chutney! I’m sure that caramelized beautifully, I’ll have to remember that for when I don’t have any mango chutney on hand. I am SO pleased that the kids enjoyed it, too; that’s the real winner for me :)

  26. Joy March 30, 2011 @ 11:24 am (#
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    That looks wonderful.

  27. Lindsey @ Hot Polka Dot March 30, 2011 @ 4:02 pm (#
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    Liren, this looks fantastic! I can’t believe how energetic and determined your friend Olivia is. I think I like her already and more so for this delicious recipe. I’m going to have to try this for sure!

  28. mindy t March 30, 2011 @ 7:20 pm (#
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    Cant wait to try this! I read Urbanmamas all the time as I live right outside of Portland and she is indeed a SuperMOM! Looking forward to reading more of your site, as I just discovered you today.

    • Liren replied: — March 31st, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

      Welcome, Mindy, I’m so glad you found my site. Even though I don’t live in Portland, I have been a faithful uMama’s reader for many years now :) I find all you women inspiring!

  29. Magic of Spice March 31, 2011 @ 4:27 pm (#
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    Just reading about your friend is making me need a nap :) Gorgeous dish and photo!

  30. Liz April 1, 2011 @ 4:03 pm (#
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    I just made this tonight. I also had to sub for the chutney, so used apricot fruit spred. It was wonderful! Addie ate three pieces adn loved it (as did I)!!

  31. Alicia April 10, 2011 @ 11:54 am (#
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    Wow this looks so delicious! Just bookmarked it for dinner one night!

  32. Jessica May 12, 2011 @ 9:59 am (#
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    I made this two weeks ago and my husband were fighting over who would get the leftovers. This is am amazing recipe–simple yet delicious. I’m making it again tonight!

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  37. Shannon April 18, 2012 @ 7:47 am (#
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    mango chutney.. Would like to have the recipe … thank you

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  39. Linda G. August 26, 2012 @ 1:35 pm (#
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    I just found this via Pinterest and this recipe sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing your uber-supermom friend’s recipe!

    • liren replied: — August 27th, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

      So glad you found it, Linda, hope you enjoy it!

  40. Hannah P. September 11, 2012 @ 2:17 pm (#
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    Is this for 11 lb pork tenderloin??

  41. Jessica R. January 3, 2013 @ 7:44 am (#
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    Happy New Year! Good ol’ Pintrest guided me to you and I’ve got this recipe on my Dinner Menu this week. Do you have any side dish/veggie that works well with this? I don’t have much experience with Indonesian flavors. Thanks! :)

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  43. Larissa January 9, 2014 @ 5:44 pm (#
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    I just made this for dinner tonight, and it was delicious! I substituted orange marmalade for the mango chutney, as I just did not have any mango chutney at home, and it still worked beautifully. Very simple and scrumptious! Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Liren replied: — January 10th, 2014 @ 5:35 am

      I’m so glad that you liked it, Larissa! I’ll be sure to try it with the orange marmalade next time – sounds like a fabulous substitute!

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