Citrus Trio Turkey Tenderloin

A zesty trio of lemons, limes, and oranges partner with pepitas, cilantro, chipotle, and cumin to create a tangy and smoky flavor for this turkey tenderloin. Stir in a little cornstarch to some reserved marinade for a perfect finish to this grilled meat. 

This is a fun party dish because you can grill a lot of these butterflied turkey tenderloins on the barbecue at one time! If you do make it for a party, be sure to make extra marinade so you can have plenty of sauce to pass! 

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The fresh citrusy smell of this marinade makes it sniffable all day long!

Citrus Trio Turkey Tenderloin

Servings 4 as a main course


  • 2 lbs. turkey tenderloin


  • 3/4 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 6 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 6 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons minced cilantro leaves
  • 1/3 cup toasted pepitas green pumpkin seeds, pureed in the food processor
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Spanish paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon New Mexico chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch blended into 2 tablespoons cold water for final sauce


  • Mix all marinade ingredients except the cornstarch in a mixing bowl. Stir with a whisk to combine well. Set aside 1/2 cup of the marinade for the glaze.
  • Cut tenderloin in half lengthwise (i.e. butterfly the tenderloin). Place in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Pour marinade over tenderloin and marinate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • When ready to grill, preheat grill to hot. Place meat directly on the grill and cook for about 5 minutes per side, or until a meat thermometer reads 165 F when inserted into the turkey tenderloin.
  • Meanwhile, heat remaining marinade in a small sauce pan. Slowly whisk in cornstarch and cook, stirring all the while, until sauce thickens slightly to coat the back of a spoon. This makes a perfect glaze for the tenderloin.
  • Remove meat from grill and drizzle glaze over meat.
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The citrus trio marinade has all the earthiness of cumin and chipotle, but with the freshness of fresh-squeezed juices and a hint of cilantro.

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