Brown Sugar Glazed Pork

Brown Sugar Glazed Pork

The combination of brown sugar, garlic, and seasonings gives an ordinary pork loin a punch of sweet yet savory flavor in this easy dinner.

Pork is such a great meat to work with because it is pretty easy to cook, and very versatile. Brown sugar with some garlic and spices really adds a sweet yet savory taste to a regular pork loin. And cooking it on the stovetop is quick and easy, with very little cleanup involved.

My recipe for Brown Sugar Glazed Pork originally came from one of those little recipe turn-style stands at a Publix store years ago. Since then, we have modified it a bit, partly to our tastes and partly when we were out of something so had to improvise. I like to make some sauteed veggies as a side with this because the leftover glaze from the pork tastes really good on the vegetables!

Step by Step

Start by using a garlic press to crush 3 cloves of garlic and put it in a medium mixing bowl. If you don’t have a garlic press, you can dice it up by hand as well. Add your brown sugar and seasonings to the bowl with the garlic and stir it up until it’s well blended.

Open your pork loin and slice it at a slight angle into pieces that are about 1 inch thick. The number of pieces you have will depend on the size pork you have, so focus more on making them all fairly even in size so they cook the same.

Place each piece of pork into the brown sugar mixture and press it down so that the mixture really sticks to the meat. Flip it over and do the same for the other side as well. Make sure that the pork has a decent amount of brown sugar on it, then transfer it to a large frying pan while you continue with each piece.

Add 2 tablespoons of butter to the pan and set the heat to medium. Swirl it around to make sure that the butter coats the entire pan.

Cook the pork for about 5-6 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Make sure to flip it at least once.

The pork will shrink a little as it cooks, and the brown sugar will start to make a glaze in the pan. This is what I use to then coat the pork when I serve it and will use any leftover to go on top of some vegetables such as some baby carrots.

Brown Sugar Glazed Pork


Brown Sugar Glazed Pork

Brown Sugar Glazed Pork

The combination of brown sugar, garlic, and seasonings gives an ordinary pork loin a punch of sweet yet savory flavor in this easy dinner.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown sugar, one pan, pork


  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1/4 tbsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tbsp cilantro
  • 1/4 tbsp dill
  • 1/4 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • 2 tbsp butter


  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar with the rest of the seasonings
  • Cut the pork tenderloin into 1-inch slices
  • Place each piece of pork in the bowl and press into the mixture on both sides
  • In a large frying pan, over medium heat, melt the butter and swirl to coat
  • Add the pork and cook 5 – 6 minutes on each side or until cooked through
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Brown Sugar Glazed Pork

28 thoughts on “Brown Sugar Glazed Pork”

  1. We only eat chicken and pork (meat wise) so new recipes are always welcomed. I like that it simple and fairly quick to make – thanks for sharing, this will be part of this week’s new meals!

  2. Cole Nemeth Lifestyle Blogger

    I actually don’t eat pork, but I feel like this would taste good on chicken or tofu, too! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I am always looking for ways to spruce up old recipes. Adding a brown sugar glaze to pork might be just what I am looking for.

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