overhead shot of bowl of sweet and sour pork

Sweet and Sour Pork

Sweet and Sour Pork is a classic on any Chinese restaurant menu and is so easy and quick to recreate at home.  The secret to this recipe is in the sweet and tangy sauce.  
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword sweet and sour pork
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 49 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 246kcal
Author Leigh Anne Wilkes


  • 1 lb. pork tenderloin or pork chop cubed
  • 1/4 cups cornstarch
  • 3 Tbsp sesame oil divided
  • 1 20 oz. pineapple chunks drained and reserved
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 4 green onions sliced
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp Asian chili garlic sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds toasted


  • Coat pork in cornstarch.
  • Heat 2 Tbsp of oil in wok or frying pan over medium heat and cook pork in batches until browned. Remove pork and set aside.
  • Drain pineapple and reserve 1/4 cup of juice.
  • Add the juice and the soy sauce to the pan and stir to loosen up the browned pieces on the bottom of the pan.
  • Add remaining oil and stir fry pineapple, peppers and green onions for about five minutes or until the peppers are tender but just crisp.
  • Add together the hoisin sauce and chili garlic sauce and add to pan.
  • Add pork back in and stir for about 5 minutes.
  • Serve over hot rice. I prefer jasmine or basmati.
  • Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.


Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 931mg | Potassium: 221mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1161IU | Vitamin C: 64mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1mg