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Sesame-Crusted Pork Loin

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + standing


14-16 servings

To promote the pork industry in Minnesota, I started out a contestant in county events, then won with this recipe at the Minnesota State Fair in 1975. The mix of Asian flavors lends a unique touch.


  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 boneless rolled pork loin roast (about 5 pounds)
  • 2 cups water


  1. In a large resealable bag, combine the first seven ingredients. Add the roast; seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate overnight.
  2. Drain and discard marinade. Place roast on a rack in a shallow roasting pan; pour water into pan. Bake at 350° for 1-3/4 to 2 hours or until a thermometer reads 160° Let stand for 10-15 minutes before carving.

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