Chinese Sweet and Sour Pork or Beef shown served on plate

Chinese Sweet and Sour Pork

Better than takeout!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword easy, sweet and sour pork
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings
Calories 286 kcal
Author Cultured Palate


  • 1 lb pork tenderloin or beef
  • 2 green peppers
  • 2 onions
  • 4 slices pineapple unsweetened
  • 1/2 c cornstarch
  • 6 c peanut oil The original recipe calls for this amount but I use just enough to stir fry each step. Coconut or Olive oil may also be substituted.Marinade for meat:
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce or liquid aminos If you are gluten intolerant, use gluten free soy sauce.
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp cold water
  • 1 egg white

Seasoning Sauce:

  • 3 Tbsp vinegar
  • 4 Tbsp raw sugar or honey
  • 4 Tbsp ketchup
  • 5 Tbsp cold water
  • 3 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sesame oil


  1. Cut the meat into 1 inch pieces.
  2. Mix marinade and pour over the meat in a bowl that you can refrigerate. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Cut green peppers, onions and pineapple into 1 inch pieces.
  4. Heat 1 c. of oil in the wok over high heat. While heating, coat meat in 1/2 c cornstarch.
  5. Fry meat in the wok until brown (about 2 minutes). Remove from the wok.
  6. Reheat the oil (add more if necessary) and fry the meat once more until crispy. Remove from wok and drain.
  7. Heat 2 Tbsp oil in wok. Fry peppers, onions and pineapple - stir constantly.
  8. Add seasoning sauce and continue stirring until thickened.
  9. Turn off heat and add meat - mix well.
  10. Serve immediately - it's great with rice or alone!
  11. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Beef also works well as a substitute for the pork.

Nutrition Facts
Chinese Sweet and Sour Pork
Amount Per Serving
Calories 286 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 49mg16%
Sodium 821mg34%
Potassium 524mg15%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 235IU5%
Vitamin C 61.9mg75%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.