Who needs takeout when you can make this delicious Sweet and Sour Pork (with pineapple, onions and bell peppers) at home in about 30 minutes?
Who needs takeout when you can make this delicious Sweet and Sour Pork (with pineapple, onions and bell peppers) at home in about 30 minutes?

Recently I was taking an inventory of a freezer we have in our garage and found several thick boneless pork chops. I started searching for a “new” recipe I could make to use them, and stumbled upon this one for sweet and sour pork on Pinterest. Note: If you don’t have the boneless pork chops, you can use a pork butt to make this dish, as well!

The original recipe came from Sabrina, on the blog “Dinner Then Dessert”, and I thought it sounded wonderful, since I have always LOVED sweet and sour pork! Off into our kitchen I went, and in no time at all, we had this wonderful meal for dinner! The recipe is straightforward, easy to prepare, and absolutely DELICIOUS!

It’s fun to be able to share this recipe for sweet and sour pork with you today. If you are interested in reading a few legends about the origins of this favorite Chinese dish, you will want to check out this article.

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Make The Sweet And Sour Pork Sauce

Making the sauce for the sweet and sour pork couldn’t be any easier.  Place pineapple juice, rice vinegar, brown sugar, ketchup, cornstarch, soy sauce and food coloring (if using) in a medium sized dish. Whisk the sauce ingredients together until smooth. Set sauce aside.

NOTE: Notice the color of the sweet and sour pork sauce. I used the recommended 3 drops of food coloring which helped deepen the color of the sauce. If you choose to NOT use food coloring, that is totally okay, but remember… the sauce will have a bit less color to it!

The sauce for sweet and sour pork is easily made by whisking ingredients together in dish.

Preparing The Pork For Cooking

Prepare 3 bowls with the ingredients necessary to coat the pork pieces before cooking. One bowl, has corn starch, one has all purpose flour, and one has slightly beaten eggs.

Pork cubes and bowls with corn starch, eggs, and flour are ready to make sweet and sour pork!

Dredge the pork pieces in cornstarch (a couple pieces at a time), then dip in egg to cover, and then coat the pieces in flour.  As you finish each of the pieces of pork, place them onto a baking sheet. Note: This step is fairly messy, as you dip each piece. Just keep at it! I try to use the same hand for dipping, and occasionally rinse or wipe some of the coating off that gets stuck on my fingers as I go!

Pieces of pork are coated in corn starch, then egg, and flour to make sweet and sour pork.

Pieces of pork are fully coated and are now ready to fry, to make sweet and sour pork.

Cooking The Sweet And Sour Pork

Pour oil into a large skillet to a depth of about 2-3 inches. Heat the oil on medium high heat until it is very hot (but not smoking). TIP: You will need to cook the pork in batches, reheating oil in between batches! You do not want to overcrowd the skillet, because you want the pork to cook evenly on all sides.

Carefully add the coated pork pieces into the hot oil.  Cook the pieces of pork for 2-3 minutes, turning once, until the meat is cooked through, is golden brown, and crispy on the outside. Once done, carefully remove the pork with a slotted spoon (so oil drips back into skillet), and place onto a baking sheet.

The pork pieces for sweet and sour pork are fried in hot oil until browned and crispy.

To Finish The Sweet And Sour Pork

In a separate large skillet, add 2 Tablespoons oil, and heat on medium high. Once oil is hot, add the pineapple, bell peppers, and onion.  Cook the veggies, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes. The veggies should still be tender, but still slightly crisp when done.

Pour the sweet and sour sauce into the skillet. Stir to combine, and continue to heat through.  The sauce will thicken slightly as it cooks.  Right before you are ready to serve, add the pork back into the skillet, and stir to combine. Heat just until the pork is heated through, and then the sweet and sour pork is ready to serve!

Pineapple, onions, bell peppers and sauce are heated to coat the sweet and sour pork.

Arrange a bed of rice onto each serving dish, and then top it with some of the sweet and sour pork!

The finished sweet and sour pork is served in a bowl, on rice, with chopsticks on the side.

There you have it! Sweet and Sour Pork, for the win!  Sure hope you enjoy this delicious Chinese meal! Grab some chopsticks and dig in! It tastes wonderful!

Sweet and Sour Pork is served on top of rice, and is ready to eat.

My husband and I really enjoy this meal. The Asian-inspired sauce permeates everything with wonderful flavor, and the veggies and pork are so good! Hope you will consider making this delicious classic “takeout” dish for those you love! Have a great day!

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Recipe Source: Sabrina, at https://dinnerthendessert.com/sweet-and-sour-pork/

Sweet and Sour Pork
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Who needs takeout when you can make this delicious Sweet and Sour Pork (with pineapple, onions and bell peppers) at home in about 30 minutes?
Category: Main Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: sweet and sour pork
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 458 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Sauce:
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 drops red food coloring (optional-I used it)
For Remainder of Dish:
  • pounds boneless thick cut pork chops (or pork butt) , cut into 3/4" chunks
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 large eggs , slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • vegetable oil for frying pork (2-3" deep)
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil (for frying veggies)
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 red bell pepper , cut in 1" pieces
  • 1 green bell pepper , cut in 1" pieces
  • 1/2 yellow onion , cut in 1" pieces
Instructions
  1. Make the sauce: Place pineapple juice, rice vinegar, brown sugar, ketchup, cornstarch, soy sauce and food coloring (if using) in a medium sized dish. Whisk ingredients until smooth. Set sauce aside.

  2. Prepare 3 bowls with ingredients to coat the pork pieces. One with corn starch, one with flour, and one with slightly beaten eggs. Dredge the pork pieces in cornstarch (a couple pieces at a time), then dip in egg to cover, and then coat the pieces in flour.  As you finish coating each piece, place onto a baking sheet.

  3. Pour oil into a large skillet to a depth of 2-3 inches. Heat oil on medium high heat until very hot (but not smoking). TIP: You will need to cook the pork in batches, reheating oil in between batches! Don't overcrowd the skillet, because you want the pork to cook evenly on all sides. Carefully add the coated pork pieces into hot oil.  Cook pork for 2-3 minutes, turning once, until cooked through, golden brown, and crispy on the outside. Once done, carefully remove the pork pieces with a slotted spoon (so oil drips back into skillet), and place onto a baking sheet. Repeat until all pork is cooked.

  4. In a separate large skillet, add 2 Tablespoons oil; heat on medium high. Once oil is hot, add pineapple, bell peppers, and onion.  Cook, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes. Veggies should be tender, and slightly crisp when done. Add sauce to skillet. Stir to combine, and heat through.  Sauce will thicken slightly as it cooks.  Right before you're ready to serve, add browned pork back into the skillet; stir to combine. Heat only until the pork is heated through, and then the sweet and sour pork is ready to eat! Serve on top of rice. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Caloric calculation made based on the use of pork butt.

Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Sour Pork
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 458 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 138mg46%
Sodium 290mg13%
Potassium 724mg21%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 39g43%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 895IU18%
Vitamin C 55.2mg67%
Calcium 66mg7%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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