Honey Garlic Keto Pork Tenderloin Marinade

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This Honey Garlic Keto Pork Marinade is a prime example of how you can have your honey and eat it too while still staying low carb.

Keto Pork Tenderloin Marinade
Keto Pork Tenderloin Marinade

A marinade is the best way to use honey instead of sweetener as while the flavour may soak in to the meat, MOST of the marinade is actually discarded! This recipe rang in at 12 net carbs per serving, but since we literally throw away the marinade, I am going to tell you to clock this in at 6 grams of carbs. Let's go high so that you come in under your carb limit!

Pork Tenderloin in the Oven or BBQ

I have converted my family over to the amazing world of pork tenderloin. We bought the packs at Costco (truly the best place for the largest, best pork tenderloins ever) and it was on like Donkey Kong from that moment on. I knew that I wanted to barbecue them up instead of using my oven in the summertime heat – and let's face it, there's nothing like that BBQ flavour when it comes to cooking up pork tenderloin.

How long is it safe to marinate pork?

You can safely marinate pork in the refrigerator for up to two days. For a ton of great information about marinades, read THIS.

 Honey Garlic Keto Pork Tenderloin Marinade
Honey Garlic Keto Pork Tenderloin Marinade

Tips & Tricks for a Great Low Carb Pork Tenderloin Marinade

  1. When you have a pork tenderloin you do NOT need to tenderize it with a lot of acids to break up tough fibers. Like Karlynn mentioned in her very popular Steak Marinade Recipe, acid can actually toughen up meat if you leave it too long! I have lime juice for flavour in this marinade, not for tenderizing purposes.
  2. This was left overnight so that the flavour could soak in, which was perfect. The soy sauce and garlic really penetrate the meat and add a lot of flavour that stays.
  3. You can cook this on the BBQ or in the oven, the choice is up to you!
  4. With every pork recipe  I remind everyone that the finishing temperature for pork has changed. While you do still have to cook ground pork to at least 165 °F. you can now cook roasts, tenderloin and pork chops to 145 °F. This is thanks to farming standards getting better and better over the years, so now the hockey pucks that used to be called grilled pork chops are now a thing of the past!
  5. You can substitute a sweetener to taste if you like to cut the carbs even more.

The most important tip? MAKE EXTRA! This is a large pork tenderloin marinade recipe and this makes the BEST cold pork salads the day(s) after! It's two meals in one!

Happy low carbing!


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Honey Garlic Keto Pork Tenderloin Marinade

Honey? In Low carb? YES! A Honey Garlic Keto Pork Tenderloin Marinade is a great way to cut out the fake sweeteners and use a more natural product while STILL making this a great low carb dinner!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Total Time
30 minutes


Pork Tenderloin Marinade

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon or lime juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or Tamari for low(er) carbs
  • 6 tablespoons liquid honey
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic


  • 2-3 pork tenderloin


  • Combine all of the marinade ingredients together.
  • Place the tenderloin in a large sealing plastic bag and pour the marinade over top. Seal the bag then swish the marinade around to coat the pork.
  • Refrigerate overnight.
  • Cook in the oven or on the BBQ until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 140 °F. Remove, place on a plate and tent with tinfoil for 10 minutes. The internal temp will rise to over 145°F. Slice and serve.

Recipe Notes

 When you look at the nutritional information for this recipe, realize that it calculates that you keep ALL of the marinade. ACTUAL CARBS AND CALORIES are MUCH LESS much of the actual marinade stays ON the pork!  Consider the carbs values as half for a serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 958kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 126g, Fat: 39g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 393mg, Sodium: 856mg, Potassium: 2419mg, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 10IU, Vitamin C: 3.5mg, Calcium: 41mg, Iron: 6.3mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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  1. April says

    Yesss! So many hardcore low carbers freak out when they see honey- if this is supposed to be a long term way of waging we have to get real! This is going to taste like a treat and be low carb!
    That’s awesome!5 stars

  2. Cheryl Maksymowski says

    I’m anxious to try mine tonight. I used Maple Bourbon Balsamic vinegar in place of the honey.

  3. Sharon says

    Perfect combination of spices. My tenderloin was a little smaller so 20 minutes on the grill and it was perfect. Served with a fresh, homemade chimichurri sauce. Thanks for sharing!5 stars

  4. Cindy says

    Excellent. Used sugar free honey in place of the regular to keep it keto. We loved it and will definitely make it again.5 stars

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