Pork Loin a l’Orange

Inspired by the goodness of duck a l’orange and the late Chef Tom Cowman’s liver a l’orange, I’ve taken to making orange sauces for other meats. This one is a return to the old style of serving pork with sweet sauces–although this sauce isn’t as sweet as those from the 1950s. And the pepper level is higher. The perfect side dish with this is sweet potatoes. The sauce will be terrific with those.


  • 4 lb. boneless pork loin or four pork tenderloins
  • Marinade:
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 Tbs. soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. marjoram
  • Zest (grated peel) of one orange
  • 1 cup orange juice, strained
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Tabasco chilpotle pepper sauce
  • 3 Tbs. butter
  • Thin orange slices (even better: kumquat slices)

1. Place the pork loin in a plastic food storage bag. (Cut it in half if necessary to make it fit.) Add the marinade ingredients. Push most of the air out of the bag and seal it. Marinate in the refrigerator for three to five hours.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. About a half-hour before serving time, remove the pork loin from the marinade, letting most of the liquid drip off.

3. Heat the butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat until it bubbles. Brown the pork loin on all sides. (Don’t be concerned with cooking the interior just yet.)

4. When browned, turn the heat off and move the pork loins to a roasting pan. Roast in a 375 degrees until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees on a meat thermometer pushed into the center. (About 45 minutes.)

5. Pour the marinade ingredients into the pan in which you browned the pork, over medium heat. Whisk to dissolve the juices and browned bits in the pan. Reduce the marinade, stirring often, until it thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Taste the sauce and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper.

6. When the pork loin is cooked, allow it to rest for five minutes. Cut into slices about 1/3 inch thick. (If using tenderloin, cut it on the bias.) Divide the slices on plates and nap with the sauce. Garnish with orange or kumquat slices.

Serves six to eight.

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