Sweet and Sour Pork

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Sweet and Sour Pork is one of our favorite takeout dishes and when we can’t get take out, we love to make this version at home.

We’ve loaded it up with extra veggies and created a quick homemade sweet and sour sauce with the perfect balance between sweet and savory. Serve this easy pork stir fry over rice for the perfect meal!

Sweet and sour pork in a green bowl with green onions

A Homemade Favorite

Making this easy dish is great since you can add extra veggies and cook them to tender crisp. We love peppers but of course add in your favorites.

Of course sweet and sour pork has a sweet sauce but this homemade version has just the right amount and is perfectly balanced with a splash of vinegar and lots of flavor from fresh ginger and garlic.

Sweet and sour pork in a pan with green onions and sesame seeds on top

Add-In Extra Veggies

I’ve upped the veggies in this recipe, adding loads of sweet peppers. While I stick to simple peppers, onions, and pineapple, you can add in your favorites from bok choy or broccoli to mushrooms or carrots.

To up the veggies, even more, skip the rice and serve this sweet and sour pork over some cauliflower fried rice or zucchini noodles.

How To Make Sweet and Sour Pork

To make sweet and sour pork:

  1. Marinate the pork pieces while prepping the veggies
  2. Sear the pork until crisp.
  3. Cook the garlic, ginger, and peppers. Add pork and sauce.
  4. Stir until bubbly and thickened.

While the pork is marinating, prep all of the ingredients and stir together the sauce mixture. Once you begin cooking, it won’t take you long to have this sweet and sour pork on the table!

Sweet and sour pork in a pan with sesame seeds and green onions

More Homemade Faves

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5 from 6 votes
Review Recipe

Sweet and Sour Pork

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
This sweet and sour pork recipe combines tender pork and lots of veggies with a simple sweet and sour sauce.


  • 1 pound pork tenderloin
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 each green, red and yellow or orange bell pepper diced, about 4 cups
  • 8 ounces pineapple in juice canned, juice reserved for sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ginger
  • 1 large clove garlic minced
  • 3 green onions sliced and greens/whites divided
  • 1 cup chicken broth low sodium
  • ½ cup reserved pineapple juice
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
  • cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

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  • Trim pork of any fat and cut into 1" cubes. Combine with egg and soy sauce and allow to marinate 20 minutes while preparing the remaining ingredients.
  • Combine all sauce ingredients and mix well. Set aside.
  • Remove pork from marinade (remove any excess marinade) and gently toss with flour and cornstarch. 
  • Heat oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium high heat. Add pork and cook without stirring 3 minutes on one side or until a crust forms. Continuing cooking just until pork is cooked through but still slightly pink, about 3 more minutes.
  • Remove pork from pan and set aside. Add garlic, ginger and the whites of the onions (add more oil if needed). Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Stir in peppers and cook until tender crisp, about 3-4 minutes. Stir sauce and add to peppers, cook until thick and bubbly while stirring, about 2 minutes.
  • Add pork and pineapple and simmer 1 minute more.
  • Serve over rice.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 226, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 76mg, Sodium: 616mg, Potassium: 536mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 1435IU, Vitamin C: 74mg, Calcium: 23mg, Iron: 1.7mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword pork stir fry, sweet and sour pork
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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  1. Great flavor for the sauce. I thoughtlessly uses olive oil, so my pork did get crispy, but still tasted great. Added bok choy whites with the peppers and greens with the pineapple. So Good.5 stars

    1. I haven’t tried it but think it would work. I would suggest not breaking the pork up too small when browning. Let us know how it works out for you!

  2. Did I miss something?….
    Yes I agree marinating the pork ……but what is the marinade to marinade the pork in ….didnt state that!

    1. Combine with egg and soy sauce and allow to marinate 20 minutes while preparing the remaining ingredients.