Marinating in citrus may be nothing new (the technique has been around for ages), but if you’ve never made it before, then you are in for a real, sour-ish treat – especially if you just happen to love lemons, limes and oranges. You get bonus points for adoring mint too. We’ve listed 1/4 cup of mint in the recipe, and we’ll let you go up or down on that amount depending on your mint tolerance.
One thing to keep in mind: begin this marinade way ahead of dinner time. It may seem like a strange thing to soak your pork tenderloin in orange juice at breakfast… Trust us, it works. And while you are squeezing orange juice, go ahead and whip up an orange, mango and kiwi smoothie for yourself. Indulge in your breakfast drink, gather up your energy for the day, wash your hands and get back to dinner prep! It is a super simple marinade, just add all ingredients together in a marinating container, add your pork tenderloin and you are ready to go. If you have the chance to turn it occasionally in the citrus juice, then go for it. If not, no worries, the flavors will penetrate with time.
When dinner time rolls around, chop up and thread some green vegetables for grilled zucchini skewers, heat your grill to medium-high heat and be ready to cook them while the pork is resting. Time efficiency and maximum flavor, you gotta love that!
Grilled Cuban-Style Citrus Pork Recipe
Protein: 30g / %
Carbs: 9g / %
Fat: 18g / %
Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.
- 1 pork tenderloin
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- Juice from 1 lime
- Juice from 1 lemon
- Juice from 1 orange
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, minced
- 1/4 cup fresh mint, minced
- 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- In a bowl combine the lemon juice, lime juice, orange juice, olive oil, herbs and cumin.
- Season the pork to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Place the pork in a marinating container and pour the marinade on top.
- Turn the pork until well covered, and marinate covered in the refrigerator for 2 to 12 hours, turning every few hours.
- Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
- Grill the pork 4 to 5 minutes per side, or to the desired doneness.
- Let the pork rest 5 to 6 minutes before slicing.