Indonesian Pork Tenderloin sliced on a cutting board.

Indonesian Pork Tenderloin

If you’re scrambling for an easy but fabulous dinner on a weeknight, Indonesian Pork Tenderloin will take pantry-ready ingredients and transform a tenderloin into a sweet and spicy masterpiece. Enjoy this super simple meal that takes virtually no effort whatsoever!

Indonesian Pork Tenderloin sliced on a cutting board.
Indonesian Pork Tenderloin

If you’re scrambling for an easy but fabulous dinner on a weeknight, Indonesian Pork Tenderloin will take pantry-ready ingredients and transform a tenderloin into a sweet and spicy masterpiece. Enjoy this super simple meal that takes virtually no effort whatsoever!

Indonesian Pork Tenderloin sliced on a cutting board.

Note: This recipe for Indonesian Pork Tenderloin was first published March 26, 2011 on Kitchen Confidante. Updated photos were added on October 14, 2018.

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

If you’re scrambling for an easy but fabulous dinner on a weeknight, Indonesian Pork Tenderloin will take pantry-ready ingredients and transform a tenderloin into a sweet and spicy masterpiece. Enjoy the recipe for this super simple meal that takes virtually no effort whatsoever!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indonesian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 250kcal


  • 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.


Recipe courtesy of Olivia Rebanal


Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 377mg | Potassium: 538mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 3% | Vitamin C: 2.8% | Calcium: 1.7% | Iron: 8.9%
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  1. Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }

    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. Chef Dennis

    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

    • Liren

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

    • Liren

      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.

  3. Kathy Diaz (found baking)

    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.

  4. Angela@RecipesFromMyMom

    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.

  5. The Café Sucré Farine

    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!

  6. Maggie

    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

      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!

  7. Jean

    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!

  8. Meghan

    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!

  9. Liz

    WOW! This sounds fabulous…and I have all the ingredients! This will definitely be dinner one night this week :)

  10. Priscilla - She's Cookin'

    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!

  11. Kath

    I love finding new recipes for pork tenderloin, and this one looks like a winner! I just bookmarked it!

  12. ellen

    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

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

  13. Kita

    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.

  14. Susan

    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!

  15. Scott

    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

      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 :)

  16. sarah

    I think I’ll skip the marathon bit, but I’m definitely going to try this dish. Lovely post!

  17. Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious

    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

      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 :)

  18. Lindsey @ Hot Polka Dot

    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!

  19. mindy t

    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

      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!

  20. Liz

    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)!!

  21. Jessica

    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!

  22. Shannon

    mango chutney.. Would like to have the recipe … thank you

  23. Linda G.

    I just found this via Pinterest and this recipe sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing your uber-supermom friend’s recipe!

  24. Jessica R.

    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! :)

  25. Larissa

    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

      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!

  26. Laurie

    I made this last night. I have a peanut allergy so I used soynut butter. I also didn’t have soy sauce so I had to make some. Double check your ingredients before you cook lol. So I’m going to say it was alright. I will definitely make it again, this time with real soy sauce. But even with those issues it was good. My husband liked it and was even thinking of grilling it next time. Thanks for a new recipe.

  27. Laurie

    Hi again! I made this tonight, this time using chicken breasts, cubed and marinating them for a couple days. I threaded them on kabob skewers and baked in the oven. Then when they were done I basted with the chutney and turned the broiler on. flipped them once and broiled a little longer. Then I took the juices and spooned them over the meat. They turned out really good. Thanks again for a tasty recipe.

    • Liren Baker

      Fabulous! I love how you made them into chicken kabobs – such a good idea! Thank you for coming back to let me know!

  28. Roxanne

    I made this last week and it was delicious and tender and everyone loved it. Gonna try it with chicken breast tonight. Thanks for a super easy and delicious recipe!

    • Liren Baker

      So thrilled you liked it! Isn’t it so easy and delicious? Hope everyone loves it with the chicken, too, Roxanne!

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