Sweet and Sour Pork

Sweet and Sour Pork
Sweet and Sour Pork

A delicious sauce for a more refined taste

This sweet and sour pork recipe combines all the qualities you are looking for to cook a perfect pork recipe : It is delicious, it contains sweet and sour flavors and it is easy to prepare. The sauce cooked with pork loin combines savory ingredients such as dry sherry, rice vinegar and soy sauce, which give traditional Asian flavors to this sweet and sour pork recipe. The combination of dry sherry and soy sauce is also traditional in Asian recipes. The sauce is essential in this pork recipe as it gives all spicy flavors and sweet taste. Onion and pineapple cubes are added to the sauce with ginger and green pepper for a stronger taste. It is simply not possible to remove the sauce and you will definitely love the variety of spices it brings to pork. A delight !

Fruity recipe : pineapple juice and pineapple chunks for more softness.

The main fruity ingredient which is cooked with pork loin is pineapple and you get its delicious and fruity flavor in the sauce. You use pineapple juice for the sauce to enrich it and pineapple chunks to eat. Chunks are soft, slightly crusty and this will make the difference !

Easy pork recipe

When you choose to prepare this sweet and sour pork recipe, you choose an easy method to cook pork. Pork is indeed boneless and you don’t need to care about bones which may annoy your guests when eating this delicious meal. In addition to that, when pork has been quickly cooked in oil, you just need a few minutes to cook it in a container to let it become more tender and tasty. Pork is then ready to be added to the delicious pineapple sauce. No wonder why this sweet and sour pork recipe is famous !

Sweet and Sour Pork
Sweet and Sour Pork

The ingredients you need to cook this sweet and sour pork recipe


  • About 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry
  • 2 teaspoons unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon regular soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon plum sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) water

Remaining ingredients

  • 8 ounces boneless pork shoulder
  • 2 teaspoons Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1 teaspoon plus about 1/3 cup (60 g) tapioca starch or cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • Scant 1/2 teaspoon regular soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon beaten egg
  • Canola oil for deep-frying
  • 1/4 small onion, cut into wedges
  • 3 to 4 ounces pineapple cubes, fresh
  • 1 rounded teaspoon minced ginger
  • 3 ounces mild red and/or green pepper, cut into thumbnail-size squares
  • 1 small ripe tomato, peel with a vegetable peeler if you like, then cut into 6 wedges
  • 1 green onion, white part only, cut into thin slivers
Sweet and Sour Pork
Sweet and Sour Pork


  • For the sauce : combine the salt, sugar, rice wine, vinegar, soy sauce, plum sauce and water in a measuring cup. Add the 3/4 teaspoon of cornstarch and stir until the mixture is homogeneous.
  • Trim and cut the pork into pieces the size of a cherry or small ice cube. Put into a bowl and add the rice wine, 1 teaspoon starch of your choice, oyster sauce, and soy sauce. Cover and marinate for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, prep the remaining ingredients, if you haven’t, and get a pot of rice going!
  • Heat about 3/4-inch of oil in a wok, deep skillet or low saucepan to about 350F (175 to 180C). Meanwhile, add the egg to the pork to coat well. Put the starch on a plate and dredge the pork. Let sit to get absorbed and set, about 3 or 4 minutes.
  • In batches, fry the pork for 2 to 3 minutes. Let drain on paper towel and/or a rack. To crisp the pork, raise the heat on the oil until very hot (about 375F / 190C). Slide all the fried pork cubes back into the oil and refry until a rich brown and crisp.
  • Heat a large skillet or wok over high heat. Swirl in 2 teaspoons oil, then add the onion and pineapple. Fry for about 2 minutes, stirring and flipping, until the pineapple picks up some dark brown streaks. Add the ginger and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute, until the peppers are crisp tender.
  • Add the tomato and pour in the sauce. Cook, stirring, for 30 to 45 seconds, until the sauce thickens. Add the pork and stir to combine. Serve in plate, garnish with the green onion and serve rice in another plate.

This sweet and sour pork recipe is a delight and will be the favorite recipe for dinner. Its spicy and sweet flavors enhance pork cubes and it is delicious with crusty pineapple chuncks. Try it, and love it !

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