Simple Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe

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Louise Published: January 29, 2021 Modified: September 3, 2021

How To Make Simple Sweet and Sour Pork

Sweet and sour pork is popular in Chinese restaurants. Recreate this dish by using pineapple syrup and soy sauce as flavorings and pair it with rice.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Marinate Time: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 40 minutes



  • 2lbspork shoulder,or pork butt
  • 2clovesgarlic,minced
  • 1tspblack pepper
  • ¼cupgreen onion
  • ½cupsoy sauce,divided
  • 2tbspvegetable oil,plus more for frying
  • 3eggs,beaten
  • cupscornstarch
  • 1white onion,chopped
  • 1red bell pepper
  • 1green bell pepper
  • 8ozpineapple with syrup,chopped
  • ¼cupvinegar
  • ¼cupsugar
  • ¼cupketchup
  • cupswhite rice,cooked for serving


  1. Cube the pork and place in a medium bowl.

  2. Add the garlic, pepper, green onions, and ¼ cup soy sauce. Toss to coat the pork.

  3. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours.

  4. Heat about 2-inches of vegetable oil in a large pan over medium heat until it reaches 350 degrees F.

  5. Add the eggs and cornstarch to 2 separate small bowls. Coat the pork in the egg, then in the cornstarch.

  6. Fry the pork in the hot oil until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

  7. Heat the remaining vegetable oil in a clean large pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and bell peppers and sauté until tender.

  8. Once the vegetables are tender, add the pineapple and syrup. Stir for 30 seconds, then add the vinegar, remaining soy sauce, sugar, and ketchup.

  9. Stir constantly for 3 to 4 minutes, until the liquid evaporates and the sauce thickens.

  10. Add the pork to the pan and toss to coat evenly.

  11. Serve the pork over rice and garnish with green onions, if desired. Enjoy!


  • Calories: 1173.94kcal
  • Fat: 35.09g
  • Saturated Fat: 10.70g
  • Trans Fat: 0.04g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 16.56g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.46g
  • Carbohydrates: 167.47g
  • Fiber: 2.37g
  • Sugar: 16.63g
  • Protein: 41.25g
  • Cholesterol: 187.33mg
  • Sodium: 1394.91mg
  • Calcium: 77.70mg
  • Potassium: 903.24mg
  • Iron: 4.06mg
  • Vitamin A: 78.00µg
  • Vitamin C: 63.08mg
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