Slow-Cooker Chinese Five-Spice Pork Tenderloin Recipe

The slow-cooker is the secret weapon of many busy kitchens and “The Magical Slow-Cooker” is its inventive, idea-packed companion.

From "The Magical Slow-Cooker"
June 2015

  • Chinese Five-Spice Pork Tenderloin
    Slow-cooking pork tenderloin retains moisture and makes for great texture and flavor.
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  • The Magical Slow-Cooker
    Full of night-before preparations and featuring dozens of fantastic recipes for breakfasts, dinners, appetizers, and dessert, this cookbook is perfect for busy families.
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  • Chinese Five-Spice Pork Tenderloin
  • The Magical Slow-Cooker

Yield: 6 Servings

There’s nothing quite like coming home to find your dinner has cooked itself. In addition to being easy to use, slow-cookers provide a great opportunity to re-imagine leftovers and tackle would-be complex recipes with ease. The versatility of the slow-cooking process means it can produce varied recipes for all meals of the day from all over the world. The Magical Slow-Cooker (Front Table Books, 2015) by Sarah Olson, provides a roadmap for the slow-cooker—full of tips and prep-ahead, healthy recipes to fit any busy schedule or tight budget.

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This dish is not spicy; it’s flavored with the seasoning “Chinese Five Spice.” Chinese Five Spice is a blend of anise, cinnamon, star anise, cloves, and ginger.


• 2 1⁄2 lb. pork tenderloin (not center cut)
• 1⁄4 cup soy sauce
• 3 Tbsp. honey
• 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
• 3 Tbsp. water
• 1 1⁄4 tsp. Chinese Five Spice blend
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 2 tsp. cornstarch


1. Steamed rice for serving

2. Add the pork to a 5-quart or larger slow cooker.

3. In a small bowl whisk together soy sauce, honey, vinegar, water, Chinese Five Spice, garlic, and cornstarch; pour over the pork.

4. Cover and cook on LOW for 7–8 hours without opening the lid during cooking time.

5. Shred the meat with 2 forks. Serve over rice and top with sliced green onions.

More From The Magical Slow-Cooker:

Slow-Cooker Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler Recipe
Slow-Cooker Lemon Rosemary Chicken Recipe

Sarah Olson, The Magical Slow Cooker: Recipes for Busy Moms (Springville, Utah: Front Table Books, © 2015), 150-151. Used by permission of Cedar Fort, Inc.