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Sweet and Sour Pork
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Sweet and Sour Pork

Sweet and Sour Pork is a popular Chinese takeout made with a sauce of combined sugar, vinegar, and fruit juices. A simple dish that can easily be made at home, and tastes even better than take-out!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Sweet and Sour Pork
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 665kcal
Author Catalina Castravet

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • canola oil for frying
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 green bell pepper cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 yellow onion cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 3 cloves garlic minced

Sauce:

  • 2/3 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water

Garnish:

  • Green onions
  • Sesame seeds

Instructions

Sauce:

  • Add all the ingredients to a medium saucepan and whisk to combine until the cornstarch is dissolved.
  • Place it on the stove over medium heat. Stir or whisk well until it comes to a light boil.
  • Keep stirring constantly until the sauce thickens. Taste and adjust for sugar and tanginess.
  • Remove the sauce from heat when it thickened and it coats the back of a spoon.

Pork:

  • In a large, shallow bowl, whisk cornstarch flour, salt, and black pepper.
  • Add beaten eggs to another bowl.
  • Pour about 2 inches of canola oil into a deep frying pan and heat it over medium-high heat.
  • Dip the pork pieces into the beaten eggs.
  • Add the pork chunks to the cornstarch mixture and toss until well coated. Work in batches.
  • Cook it in batches in the hot oil until golden and crispy.
  • Remove to a plate and set aside.

Combine:

  • Once done cooking the pork, discard all the oil, leaving only 2 tablespoons in the pan.
  • Add the onion chunks, bell pepper chunks, garlic, and pineapple chunks, cook for 2-3 minutes, until just tender.
  • Add the sauce back to the pan, stir until all the veggies are coated well.
  • Add the pork back and stir again to coat well in the sauce.
  • Stir and cook until the sauce has thickened more and is simmering lightly.
  • Serve over rice, garnished with sesame seeds and chopped green onions.

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Nutrition

Calories: 665kcal | Carbohydrates: 109g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 229mg | Sodium: 1139mg | Potassium: 1445mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 1365IU | Vitamin C: 89.8mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 4.3mg