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Sweet & sour pork plated with white rice. The plate sits atop a light blue surface, next to a striped black linen, a small dish of thinly sliced green onion, & a second plate of sweet & sour pork.

25-Minute Sweet and Sour Pork Stir-Fry

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  • Author: Jess Larson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Category: Main Dishes, Pork Recipes
  • Method: Stovetop, Skillet Recipes, Stir Fry
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian-Inspired
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

My Mom’s Quick and Easy Sweet and Sour Pork recipe! Cubes of juicy pork loin dusted in rice flour and stir-fried with bell peppers, tomatoes, and onions in the most perfectly tangy and sweet homemade sweet and sour sauce. A seriously quick and easy weeknight dinner – it’s even faster than takeout!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 ½ pounds boneless pork loin (or boneless pork shoulder), diced into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup finely ground rice flour
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil of choice, divided
  • 1 bell pepper (color of choice), deseeded and diced into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 red onion, diced into ½-inch cubes
  • 2 large tomatoes, deseeded and diced into ½-inch cubes
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated

for the sweet and sour sauce:

  • ⅓ cup packed brown sugar (dark brown sugar, if available)
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 12 tablespoons soy sauce (sub tamari if gluten-free)

Instructions

An overhead shot of ingredients arranged on a light blue surface in individual bowls and dishes: red onion, rice flour, soy sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, rice vinegar, oil, garlic, tomatoes, bell peppers, and diced pork loin.

  1. Season the pork: Place the pork in a medium bowl, seasoning all over with kosher salt. Sprinkle the rice flour over top, tossing to lightly coat the pork in the flour. Set aside.Diced pork loin tossed in rice flour in a large glass mixing bowl atop a light blue surface.
  2. Mix the sweet and sour sauce: Combine all listed ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk to combine. Set aside, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.Homemade sweet and sour sauce whisked in a small white bowl atop a light blue surface.
  3. Cook the vegetables: Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot and shimmering, add in the bell pepper, onion, tomatoes, and garlic. Cook, stirring constantly until barely softened, about 1 minute. Carefully transfer vegetables to a large plate or bowl and set aside.Stir fried veggies in a large skillet with a wooden spoon.
  4. Brown the pork: Return the skillet to medium-high heat. Add in the remaining olive oil. Once hot and shimmering, add in the pork, shaking off excess rice flour before adding it to the pan. Cook the pork until deeply browned, about 90 seconds per side.Browning lightly dredged cubed pork loin in a large skillet.
  5. Finish the sweet and sour pork: Pour the sweet and sour sauce into the skillet with the pork. Increase heat to high. Cook, stirring often, until the sweet and sour sauce thickens slightly, 2-3 minutes. Add the vegetables back into the pot. Stir to combine and cook until warmed through.Stir fried pork and veggies in a large skillet with a wooden spoon.
  6. Serve immediately, spooned over white rice. Garnish with thinly sliced green onions as desired. Enjoy! Sweet and sour pork plated with white rice. The plate sits atop a light blue surface, next to a striped black linen, a small dish of thinly sliced green onion, and a second plate of sweet and sour pork.

Notes

  • Storage: Sweet and Sour Pork is best enjoyed fresh, immediately after cooking. Leftovers will keep, stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave, just until warmed through.
  • 15-Minute Meal Prep: This Sweet and Sour Pork recipe comes together in no time at all, but you can do a little prep ahead of time to cut down on any and all active prep the night you want to throw it together. Pick and choose from the list below, or do it all and all you have to do at dinnertime is get cooking – easy!
    • Prep the sweet and sour sauce: Mix the sweet and sour sauce according to Step 2 of Recipe Directions, above. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. (5 minutes active time)
    • Chop the veggies: Deseed and dice 1 bell pepper and 2 large tomatoes into ½-inch pieces. Peel and dice 1 red onion into ½-inch pieces. Store in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. (5 minutes active time)
    • Dice the pork into 1/2-inch cubes. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. (5 minutes active time)