Sweet and Sour Pork Stir Fry

Sweet and Sour Pork is an amazing stir fry that is easy to make and  bursting with flavor.  Made in 20 minutes and can be served over rice or noodles, you and your family will love each and every bite.

If you haven’t tried my easy beef stir fry or pepper steak stir fry here is your opportunity.  They are both very easy to make and will be perfect to throw together any night of the week.

Sweet and sour pork made with pineapple mixed with red and green peppers in a large black wok being served with two wooden serving spoons, by The Food Cafe

Sweet and Sour Pork | The Food Cafe

Can dinner be made in 20 minutes, taste amazing, and be the perfect weeknight meal when you are on the go?  Yes, yes, and YES!  All things are possible with this Sweet and Sour Pork recipe.  No need to panic over what to make or not having the time to make it, this will be ready in a flash and be bursting with flavor from start to finish.  This sweet and sour pork is flavored with an easy homemade sweet and sour sauce, chunks of pineapples and goes deliciously over rice or noodles. 

I kid you not, stir fry is a staple in my house for dinner, and one of our favorites is this teriyaki meatball stir fry, quick, easy, and delicious.Sweet and sour pork served over white rice in a black bowl with chop sticks, by The Food Cafe.

Making stir fry allows you to be creative with proteins and vegetables so your family will love what they are eating.  Sweet and sour pork is a great alternative to chicken, but is still lean and tender in every bite.  I serve this stir fry up with white rice, but brown rice, yakisoba noodles, chow mein noodles,  rice noodles, or just on its own you can’t go wrong.

What is sweet and sour pork?

Sweet and sour is actually a very broad term used to describe a variety sauces, cooking method and cuisines. This style of cooking and sauce is often used in China and incorporated into many different Chinese dishes.

What cut of pork is used for sweet and sour pork?

You can use whatever cut of pork you would like.  I like to use a pork tenderloin and cut it into thin strips to fry up in the wok or heavy frying pan.

Close up image of sweet and sour pork by The Food Cafe, showing the pork, pineapple, green and red peppers, and sliced green onions, done in 20 minutes.

How do you make a quick sweet and sour sauce?

  • In a medium bowl combine cornstarch, pineapple juice, seasoned rice vinegar, brown sugar, BBQ sauce, and soy sauce.  A medium glass bowl with sweet and sour sauce ingredients with pineapple juice being poured in. Bowl is placed on a light background to highlight the sauce for sweet and sour pork by The Food Cafe.
  • Mix to combine.  Pour into wok or skillet and bring to a boil, allow to thicken about 2-3 minutes then reduce heat and add pork and vegetables

How do you make sweet and sour pork?

  1. Slice pork tenderloin into cubes.Pork tenderloin on a black back ground being sliced into cubes to make sweet and sour pork, by The Food Cafe
  2. In a wok or large skillet add 2 tablespoons of canola oil over medium high heat.  Add in sliced pork tenderloin, season with garlic salt and pepper and cook until no longer pink, about 5 minutes.  Remove pork from skillet and set aside.  In medium bowl combine ingredients for sweet and sour sauce and set aside. Two images showing uncooked cubed pork in a wok seasoned with salt and pepper with a wooden spoon to stir, and image on the right shows the pork stir fried and cooked ready to make sweet and sour pork by The Food Cafe
  3. In the same skillet over medium high heat add onions, peppers, and pineapple chunks, sauté 2-3 minutes.  Pour in sweet and sour sauce and bring to a boil.  Allow sauce to thicken then add the pork back into the wok.  Toss to combine and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds. Two images, the one on the left shows green pepper, red pepper, onions, and pineapple cut and placed in a wok, the image on the right shows the green pepper, red pepper, onions, and pineapple chunks stir-fried with sweet and sour sauce being poured on top to make Sweet and Sour Pork by The Food Cafe

Making sweet and sour pork with pineapple adds a lot of sweet flavor without being too sweet and once these pineapple chunks are stir fried, they literally melt in your mouth.

So make dinner simple, easy, and delicious with this sweet and sour pork recipe, and in 20 minutes you will be happy that you did!

Sweet and sour pork with pineapple being served on a wooden spoon made fresh from a wok and still hot and steaming, by The Food Cafe.

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Sweet and Sour Pork

Sweet and Sour Pork is an amazing stir fry that is easy to make and bursting with flavor. Made in 20 minutes and can be served over rice or noodles, you and your family will love each and every bite.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword sweet and sour pork
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 349 kcal
Author Shannon

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 LB pork tenderloin cut into cubes
  • 1 20 oz can pineapple chunks drained
  • 1 green pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 red pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • ½ tsp garlic salt and pepper

For the Sweet and sour sauce:

  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 tbsp lite soy sauce

Instructions

  1. In a wok or large skillet add 2 tablespoons of canola oil over medium high heat. Add in sliced pork tenderloin, season with garlic salt and pepper and cook until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Remove pork from skillet and set aside. In medium bowl combine ingredients for sweet and sour sauce and set aside.
  2. In the same skillet over medium high heat add onions, peppers, and pineapple chunks, sauté 2-3 minutes. Pour in sweet and sour sauce and bring to a boil. Allow sauce to thicken then add the pork back into the wok. Toss to combine and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.
Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Sour Pork
Amount Per Serving
Calories 349 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 671mg 28%
Potassium 771mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 35g
Protein 25g 50%
Vitamin A 15.9%
Vitamin C 65.5%
Calcium 4.7%
Iron 10.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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