Easy Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe

Recipes.net Team
Recipes.net Team Published September 16, 2020

We love a classic Asian dish, and what more to satisfy that craving but with sweet and sour pork! While the stir-fried staple is coated in a mixture of sugar, vinegar, ketchup, and soy sauce, this recipe narrows it down to three ingredients. Yes, you only need three ingredients to make this recipe and it’s all probably in your kitchen. Our recipe is the epitome of quick and easy letting you enjoy perfectly cooked pork chops in savory sweet and sour sauce in less than an hour

We wanted to make this recipe quick yet flavorful, so you don’t have to worry about having bland pork! Despite the lack of ingredients, the apricot preservatives infuse a sweet flavor into the pork chops. It doubles as a beautiful glaze on the crust and unlike other fruit preservatives, it’s flavor doesn’t overpower the dish. Italian dressing is also a flavorful addition to our dish. The texture is light but you can always add more for a saucier meal. It keeps the authentic sweet and sour touch while being moist and tender without using a handful amount of oil.  

This pork chops recipe is perfect for those who are in a rush. But, if you have the time for slow cooking, check out our Crockpot Sweet and Sour Pork recipe. Both make a delicious plate of pork flavored by a staple Asian sauce, but in this recipe, we’re cooking our chops faster compared to slow cooking. So, let’s go ahead and make ourselves some savory meal.

 

How To Make Easy Sweet and Sour Pork

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You can never go wrong with this 3-ingredient dish. Packed with sweet and tangy flavors, our sweet and sour pork recipe is yours in a jiff!

Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Serves:

Ingredients

  • 6 pork chops, boneless, at least 1-inch thick
  • 18 oz apricot preserves
  • 1 cup Italian salad dressing

Instructions

  1. Place the pork chops in a baking dish.

  2. Spread the apricot preserves over the pork chops.

  3. Pour the salad dressing over the preserves.

  4. Cover it with foil and bake at 375 degrees F for 30 minutes or until tender.

Recipe Notes

  • You can throw in some potatoes, carrots, or pineapples to customize your dish. 
  • Coat your pork in cornstarch and fry them for 2 to 3 minutes for a crispy exterior.

Nutrition

  • Calcium: 31mg
  • Calories: 508kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 60g
  • Cholesterol: 90mg
  • Fat: 18g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Potassium: 598mg
  • Protein: 30g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Sodium: 487mg
  • Sugar: 41g
  • Vitamin A: 188IU
  • Vitamin C: 8mg
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Commonly Asked Questions

What can I use to substitute apricot preserves?

In this recipe, apricots serve as a source of sweetness so any jam, jelly, or marmalade would work. But if you’re aiming for the closest flavor profile with apricots, the peach-flavored jam is the way to go.

What can I serve with sweet and sour pork?

Sweet and sour pork is commonly served with a bed of rice. So, for authentic Asian cuisine, head onto our Chinese Red Cabbage Fried Rice recipe to complete your meal. You can also serve it with a side of dumplings, sweet potatoes, chicken casserole, and even Asian Style Turnip with Ginger, Chives, and Garlic for a healthy touch.

sweet and sour pork with green bell pepper

Conclusion

Despite the lack of ingredients, our pork recipe is truly packed with flavors. The apricot preserves give a sweet glaze with a smooth, jam-like consistency. You can find that tangy taste from the Italian Dressing. Along with the herbs and spices, the dressing carries a refreshing punch to our oven-baked pork. And, once you take your tender pork cooked in savory sauce out of the oven, you’d be surprised how this 3-ingredient recipe is able to make a mouth-watering dish.

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