Quick Homemade Sweet-and-Sour Pork

Total Time

Prep : 25 min. + marinating Cook: 10 min.


4 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
Stir up a homemade sweet-and-sour sauce for this colorful combination of tender pork, crunchy vegetables and tangy pineapple. Serve it over hot rice, chow mein noodles or both. —Eleanor Dunbar, Peoria, Illinois


  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 pound boneless pork loin, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, cut into chunks
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 medium green pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 can (8 ounces) pineapple chunks, drained
  • Hot cooked rice, optional


  1. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, vinegar, ketchup, and soy sauce. Pour half into a large resealable plastic bag; add pork. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 30 minutes. Set remaining marinade aside.
  2. Drain and discard marinade from pork. In a large skillet, cook pork in oil over medium heat for 2-3 minutes on all sides or until meat is lightly browned; drain. Add the onion, carrots, green pepper, and ginger. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  3. Cover and simmer for 6-8 minutes or until pork is tender. Add reserved marinade. Bring to a boil; cook for 1 minute or until heated through. Stir in pineapple. Serve with rice if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/4 cups: 379 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 603mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (44g sugars, 2g fiber), 23g protein.