Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe (2024)

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By: Becky Hardin

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This sweet and sour pork recipe is a perfect 30 minute recipe. Made with pineapple and lots of fresh veggies, serve it over rice or noodles for a delicious family meal.

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Skip the takeout and whip up this delicious sweet and sour pork recipe instead!

Full of bright, fresh and tangy flavors, it comes together so quickly and easily for a dinner the whole family will love.

For more Chinese recipes, be sure to check out my Sweet and Sour Chicken, Beef Lo Mein, and Super Easy Teriyaki Chicken.

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Why you will love this sweet and sour pork!

  • Quick: It takes 15 minutes to prep this recipe and 15 minutes to cook it. Perfect for when you are short on time!
  • One pot: This dinner is all made in one skillet, perfect if you don’t feel like spending time cleaning up!
  • Healthier: This Chinese pork is loaded with fresh veggies and protein. It contains a lot less salt and sugar compared to your usual takeout, but is just as delicious!

How to make sweet and sour pork

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  • Toss the pork cubes in the egg mixture.
  • Mix together the ingredients for the sauce.
  • Brown the pork on all sides in the skillet, remove and set to one side.
  • Cook the garlic, ginger and veggies until softened.
  • Add the pineapple chunks and sauce and cook.
  • Return the pork to the sauce and cook for a couple of minutes and serve.
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What do you serve with it?

I like to serve this sweet and sour pork on a bed of long grain white rice, like Basmati or Jasmine. You can also serve it on top of noodles if you prefer.

Garnish the pork with some sesame seeds and sliced green onion. I like to add some steamed broccoli on the side too.

Can you make it ahead of time?

Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days, however, I find this dish tastes best freshly made as the vegetables tend to get soggy when it’s reheated. You can reheat it on the stovetop until it is heated through.

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Can you freeze it?

Yes! This recipe makes for a great freezer meal. Let it cool, and then transfer it to a freezer bag or safe container. It will keep well for up to 3 months. Thaw the pork in the fridge overnight before reheating on the stovetop.

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Recipe Notes and Tips

  • If your can of pineapple doesn’t have enough juice to make the ¾ cup required for the sauce you can add additional chicken stock to make up the difference.
  • Cut the pork into similar sized pieces so that it cooks evenly.
  • Make this sweet and sour pork gluten-free by using tamari in place of soy sauce.
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Recipe

Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe

4.38 from 32 votes

Author: Becky Hardin

Prep: 15 minutes minutes

Cook: 15 minutes minutes

Total: 30 minutes minutes

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This sweet and sour pork recipe is a perfect 30 minute recipe. Made with pineapple and lots of fresh veggies, serve it over rice or noodles for a delicious family meal.

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Ingredients

  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 pound lean pork cubed
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger grated
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 green bell pepper cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 19 ounces pineapple chunks drained, reserve juice for the sauce

For the Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¾ cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • Green onions for garnish
  • Sesame seeds for garnish

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, mix together the egg, 1 tablespoon sugar, salt and 1 tablespoon soy sauce.

  • Add the pork cubes and gently toss to coat. Set aside.

  • In another medium bowl, mix together the white wine vinegar, brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, cornstarch, pineapple juice, and chicken stock, to make the sauce. Set aside.

  • In a large skillet over medium high heat, heat the 4 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the pork mixture and cook, stirring frequently, until the pork has browned on all sides and is cooked through, about 7 minutes.

  • Transfer the pork cubes to a plate and set aside.

  • Add the garlic, ginger, red and green pepper and onion to the skillet and cook for about 3 minutes, until vegetables are tender but still a bit crisp.

  • Add the pineapple chunks and the sauce. Cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce is no longer cloudy and has thickened a little.

  • Return the pork to the skillet and cook for 2 minutes more.

  • Serve immediately over a bed of white long grain rice garnished with green onions and sesame seeds.

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Becky’s tips

  • Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days, however, I find this dish tastes best freshly made as the vegetables tend to get soggy when it’s reheated.
  • Cut the pork into similar sized pieces so that it cooks evenly.
  • Make it gluten-free by using tamari in place of soy sauce.
  • If your can of pineapple doesn’t have enough juice to make the ¾ cup required for the sauce you can add additional chicken stock to make up the difference.
  • I like to serve this sweet and sour pork with long grain rice and steamed broccoli or green beans for a healthy and satisfying meal. You could also serve it over chow mein noodles instead of the rice.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 478kcal (24%) Carbohydrates: 50g (17%) Protein: 29g (58%) Fat: 18g (28%) Saturated Fat: 3g (19%) Cholesterol: 116mg (39%) Sodium: 1173mg (51%) Potassium: 919mg (26%) Fiber: 4g (17%) Sugar: 39g (43%) Vitamin A: 1168IU (23%) Vitamin C: 81mg (98%) Calcium: 59mg (6%) Iron: 3mg (17%)

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Meet Becky Hardin

Becky Hardin is a wife and mother living in Saint Louis Missouri. She founded The Cookie Rookie in 2012 as a creative way to share recipes. Now, she is a trusted resource for easy cooking around the world, being featured in Taste of Home, The Kitchn, ABC’s Home and Family, and more. Here at The Cookie Rookie she is the editor in chief of all recipes and continues to enjoy sharing her passion for cooking for busy families. She has since founded two additional food blogs, Easy Chicken Recipes and Easy Dessert Recipes.

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June Frost

Posted on 1/15/2022

Made sweet and sour pork recipe delicious and easy to follow.Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe (19)

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Becky Hardin

Posted on 1/20/2022

Reply to June Frost

Thanks for sharing, June!

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Judy

Posted on 1/14/2022

I usually add broccoli florets or asparagus and julienned carrots and cut back on the peppers.Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe (22)

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Becky Hardin

Posted on 1/20/2022

Reply to Judy

That looks delicious, Judy!!

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Renee Schouten

Posted on 9/7/2021

Is there a substitute for the white wine vinegar?

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Becky Hardin

Posted on 9/8/2021

Reply to Renee Schouten

Rice vinegar!

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Renee Schouten

Posted on 9/8/2021

Reply to Becky Hardin

so can i use red wine vinegar?

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Becky Hardin

Posted on 9/15/2021

Reply to Renee Schouten

You can give it a shot!

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Judith Lawler

Posted on 3/12/2021

I used rice vinegar, and vegetable oil. Frankly this was as good, or better than the restaurant. Highly recommended, and easy.Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe (30)

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Becky Hardin

Posted on 3/17/2021

Reply to Judith Lawler

Thanks for stopping by and sharing, Judith!

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Constanze P Asaad

Posted on 1/13/2021

I replaced the olive oil with sesame seed oil toasted and untoasted. Olive oil spoils the flavor and is not right for this dish.Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe (33)

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Becky Hardin

Posted on 1/14/2021

Reply to Constanze P Asaad

Sorry to hear it wasn’t up to your taste!

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Helen Betts

Posted on 8/27/2020

Thanks, Becky! I was thinking maybe country style ribs since they’re very lean, but pork chops would be fine, too!

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Helen Betts

Posted on 8/26/2020

It sure would be nice to get an answer to my question of a week and a half ago (I think it was) as to what cut of pork to use. Anyway, it did sound good, but guess I won’t be making it now.

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Becky Hardin

Posted on 8/27/2020

Reply to Helen Betts

So sorry, Helen! Thinly cut pork chops will probably work best!

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Helen Betts

Posted on 8/17/2020

Well, it sounds and looks good, but what cut of pork do you use for it? I can’t guess from “lean pork”!

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