You can still enjoy sweet meat marinades on low carb. This sweet pork recipe is cooked in a delicious ginger sauce!
Even if you aren't a huge fan of pork, you will love this Asian pork tenderloin in the slow cooker. It's a fantastic copycat of takeout pork. It's so tender, and the thick and sweet gravy is so delicious that you'll want to lick it off your plate!
Pork tenderloin is a pretty healthy cut of meat. It is high in protein and low in saturated fat.
Whether you are a beginning cook, a busy/distracted cook, or you just want to try something new, this recipe is for you!
Why you’ll love it
This slow cooker Asian pork looks and tastes like a fancy meal, but it is almost laughable how easy it is to make.
You will adore the sweet gravy that has spicy notes from ginger and bright, zesty flavors from the lime.
The sauce really makes the dish look elegant. It covers up the somewhat ugly-looking pork loins. I always have trouble getting photos of meat. But, with the sauce in this low-carb crockpot sweet lime ginger pork recipe, the photos came out pretty appetizing.
Save this recipe for a special occasion or when you need to feed a lot of people at once. You'll be surprised at how many people this recipe will feed!
There are basically two parts to this sweet pork recipe - the pork loin and the incredible gravy. Here is what I used for both:
Use as large of a pork loin as you want. I used a 2.5-pound pork loin. You can also use a couple of pork tenderloins instead of one roast.
For the bold spices in the gravy, I used tamari, Worcestershire sauce, and lime juice. Instead of gluten-free tamari, you can use coconut aminos or soy sauce!
Use your favorite Asian spices in this recipe. I used garlic cloves and fresh ginger. For more spice, add some red pepper flakes.
I only used a couple of tablespoons of fiber syrup (brown sugar substitute) in the recipe. For the rest of the sweetness, I added concentrated liquid stevia. That keeps the carbs in check for each serving.
Instead of using cornstarch to thicken the sauce, I used glucomannan powder, but xanthan gum also works.
Garnish the pork with fresh cilantro or your favorite green herbs.
Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.
- Use coconut aminos to eliminate soy. I find the coconut aminos a bit expensive so I do use tamari on occasion.
- Eliminate the fiber syrup if you'd like to cut back on total carbs in this sweet pork recipe. You can sub it out with some more stevia or monk fruit. Or, just leave it less sweetened.
- Sear the pork before you slow cook it. This one step will lock in the juices and prevent the pork from drying out.
There are just a few simple steps for this sticky-sweet pork loin. Most of the time you'll spend letting it cook. It literally cooks all day, filling your home with the most amazing aromas!
Season and sear the pork
First, rub the pork with salt and pepper. Then, sear it in a skillet with your favorite type of oil. You do not have to cook the pork completely, just make sure it is browned on all sides.
Then, place browned meat in the slow cooker.
Mix together sauce ingredients
In a separate bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the sauce. Once it is completely combined, pour it over the pork loin in the slow cooker.
Cook this all day.
Thicken the gravy
When the pork is completely cooked, set it on a platter. Then, thicken the gravy by pouring the juices from the slow cooker into a small saucepan.
Add some glucomannan or xanthan gum and cook until the sauce thickens.
When it is thickened to your liking, drizzle it on top of the pork.
️ Serving suggestions
This is a pretty dish that you could take along to a gathering with friends and family. The crockpot will keep it warm. If you need to feed more than ten, you can always double the recipe.
Serve some easy oven-roasted vegetables on the side! You can even drizzle some gravy on top of the veggies.
Oven-roasted asparagus will taste especially perfect with it.
Keto ramen shirataki noodle soup is a light soup that is the perfect way to start out a meal with this sweet pork.
You don't have to garnish the dish with cilantro or cut lime. But, I think the green color really makes this low-carb crockpot sweet pork recipe shine.
Before we get to the printable recipe card, here are some questions people often ask about how to make it.
Slow cooking makes the meat so tender and juicy. I just hate when pork dries out after cooking. But not when you use the crockpot with a marinade!
There is a pretty good low-carb substitute for honey called Fiber Syrup Gold made by Sukrin. But, too much of the syrup can spike insulin, so you'll still want to use it sparingly.
Yes, you can leave out the Sukrin gold fiber syrup and make this without a sweetener. It will still taste fantastic even without the sweet notes.
Looking for other slow cooker recipes to make for a large group or for yourself on busy days? Be sure to check out these gluten-free keto dinner ideas. They are some of my favorites!
- Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken tastes amazing on top of chopped lettuce or as part of a keto-friendly plate of nachos.
- Crock Pot Chicken Legs And Thighs are a budget-friendly way to cook this popular cut of chicken.
- Keto Short Ribs are simple in the slow cooker or the Instant Pot - they are so good you won't even miss the carbs.
- Easy Vegan Chili is a spicy and hearty soup that you can top with all sorts of low-carb ingredients - try it with avocado slices.
- Pork Curry is amazing when you make it in the slow cooker - with only 4 grams net carbs.
Ginger Pork with Sweet Lime in Crock Pot
- 1 tablespoon avocado or olive oil
- 2.5 pounds pork loin
- salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons Sukrin Gold Fiber Syrup or any low carb brown sugar or molasses substitute
- 1 teaspoon SweetLeaf Stevia drops I used vanilla flavor
- ¼ cup tamari
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- Juice of one lime
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger or ½ teaspoon ground
- ½ teaspoon glucomannan powder or xanthan gum
- Fresh cilantro optional
- Heat oil in large skillet.
- Rub salt and pepper over pork loin. Place into hot oil and sear until edges are browned.
- Remove from heat. Put pork loin into bottom of oval crock pot.
- In small bowl, whisk together the sweeteners, tamarin, Worcestershire sauce, lime juice, garlic, and ginger. Pour over pork loin.
- Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-7 hours.
- When finished, place pork onto platter.
- Pour juices into a small saucepan. Sprinkle glucomannon or xanthan gum on top. Whisk the powder in. Cook until mix begins to thicken. Pour over pork loin. Top with fresh cilantro.
Array ( [serving_size] => 133 [calories] => 292 [carbohydrates] => 4.7 [protein] => 31.9 [fat] => 16 [saturated_fat] => 6 [cholesterol] => 91 [sodium] => 514 [fiber] => 2.8 [sugar] => 0.6 )
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First published June 13, 2016. Post updated on February 24, 2022, with clearer images and additional recipe tips.