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Sweet and Sour Pork in a serving bowl with a plate of steamed rice on the side
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3.73 from 11 votes

Sweet and Sour Pork

Sweet and Sour Pork is a delightful dish made of crisp breaded pork cubes cooked in a sweet and sour sauce with bell peppers and pineapple chunks. Delicious over rice!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Marinate30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 595kcal


  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese cooking wine
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • canola oil
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and cut into chunks
  • 1 small onion, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks

For the Sweet and Sour Sauce

  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  • In a bowl, combine pork, soy sauce, and Chinese cooking wine. Stir until pork is coated and marinate for about 30 minutes. Drain well.
  • In a bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, and salt, and pepper to taste. Dredge pork in flour mixture to fully coat.
  • In a pan over medium heat, heat about 2 inches deep of oil. Add pork cubes and cook, turning as needed, for about 6 to 10 minutes or until golden, crisp, and cooked through.
  • With a slotted spoon, remove pork from the pan and drain on paper towels. Keep warm.
  • In a pan over medium heat, heat about 1 tablespoon oil. Add onions and bell peppers and cook, stirring regularly, for about 30 seconds or until half done. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.
  • In the pan, add sweet and sour sauce mixture, whisking regularly, and bring to a boil. Continue to cook, whisking regularly, for about 2 to 3 minutes or until thickened.
  • Add onions, bell peppers, and pineapple chunks. Cook for about 30 to 40 seconds or until tender yet crisp. 
  • Add fried pork and quickly toss to coat. Remove from heat and serve immediately.
  • Alternatively, pan-fry the bell peppers, onions, and pineapple chunks until tender yet crisp. Arrange fried pork cubes on a platter and garnish with the sauteed bell peppers, onions and pineapple chunks. Drizzle with the prepared sweet and sour sauce just before serving.


Calories: 595kcal | Carbohydrates: 93g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 1294mg | Potassium: 915mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin A: 670IU | Vitamin C: 52.8mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 3.1mg