Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe

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Sherry Published: December 6, 2020 Modified: September 3, 2021
Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe

How To Make Sweet and Sour Pork

A favorite takeout Chinese dish, this sweet and sour pork recipe is made with battered pork tossed in a sweet and tangy sauce then fried to a crispy finish.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes



For the Sweet and Sour Sauce:

  • ½cuphoney
  • 6tbsprice vinegar
  • 4tspsoy sauce
  • 3tbsptomato paste
  • 1tbspcornstarch
  • 2tbspwater

For the Pork:

  • lbspork tenderloin
  • 1tspKosher salt,divided
  • ½tspblack pepper,divided
  • ¾cupall-purpose flour
  • cupcornstarch
  • 2eggs,large
  • 2cupsvegetable oil
  • 1tbspgarlic,minced
  • 1cupwhite onions
  • 1cupred bell pepper
  • 1cupgreen bell pepper
  • 1cuppineapple chunks
  • 2tbspgreen onion,sliced
  • ½tspsesame seeds


  1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine sweet and sour sauce ingredients, honey, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and tomato paste. Set aside.

  2. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and water.

  3. Season pork with ½ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper.

  4. In a shallow dish, mix together flour and cornstarch.

  5. In a separate shallow dish, add eggs and whisk.

  6. Batter each piece of pork by coating it with the flour mixture then dip in the whisked egg, then a final coat with the flour mixture.

  7. In a wok or medium-sized pan, heat oil over medium-high heat.

  8. Once the oil reaches 350 degrees F, work in 2 to 3 batches, adding the battered pork and frying until golden brown and pork is cooked through for about 5 to 7 minutes.

  9. Transfer pork to a sheet pan and drain on paper towels. Fry the next batch.

  10. Discard the oil from the wok and carefully wipe the inside of the pan with paper towels to clean.

  11. Heat the wok over medium-high heat and add in 1 tablespoon of oil.

  12. Once the oil is hot, add the garlic and onions then stir-fry for 30 seconds.

  13. Add in the red and green bell peppers, and stir-fry for 1 minute.

  14. Add in the pineapple and stir-fry for 1 minute.

  15. Add in the pork and the sweet and sour sauce, stir to combine, and allow the sauce to come to a boil.

  16. Stir the cornstarch slurry and then add it to the pan, stirring constantly until the sauce thickens for about 60 seconds. Mix the ingredients with the sauce to coat the pork.

  17. Garnish the sweet and sour pork with green onions and sesame seeds then serve over rice.


  • Calories: 2870.36kcal
  • Fat: 83.15g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.15g
  • Trans Fat: 0.62g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 56.55g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 14.98g
  • Carbohydrates: 506.48g
  • Fiber: 8.52g
  • Sugar: 285.34g
  • Protein: 41.98g
  • Cholesterol: 127.03mg
  • Sodium: 682.92mg
  • Calcium: 121.82mg
  • Potassium: 1104.74mg
  • Iron: 10.58mg
  • Vitamin A: 75.08µg
  • Vitamin C: 71.06mg
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