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Sweet and Sour Ground Pork

Sweet and Sour Ground Pork is a quick and easy weeknight dinner that will please the entire family. Ground pork with peppers, onions and pineapple, with homemade sauce served over rice.

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We love Chinese take-out but the closest restaurant is an hour away so we make our favorites at home like this Sesame Chicken. This sweet and sour ground pork will be an appearance on the dinner rotation quite often.

Sweet and Sour ground pork with pineapple in a bowl.

Quick meals are a must-have for busy families. One of our most popular 30 minute meals is Easy Korean Ground Beef and Broccoli. It always gets rave reviews and this Sweet and Sour Ground Pork stir fry is sure to be a family favorite as well.

Ingredients Needed

Sweet and Sour Sauce

  • Water
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Soy Sauce
  • Kosher Salt
  • Corn Starch

Pork Stir Fry

  • Olive Oil
  • Onion
  • Bell Peppers
  • Ground Pork
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Kosher Salt
  • Pepper
  • Pineapple Tidbits, drained
  • Cooked Rice
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Cilantro

Step By Step Directions

Sweet and sour sauce in a pan.

Make the sweet and sour sauce by adding water, pineapple juice, sugar, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, salt and corn starch to a saucepan. Whisk together and cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Continue whisking until sauce is thickened. Remove from heat and set aside.

Collage cooking peppers, onions, ground pork in a skillet.

Dice the onions and bell peppers and add to a skillet with olive oil. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring often until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.

Add the ground pork to the skillet, season with garlic, salt and pepper. Use a wooden spoon to crumble pork as it cooks until cooked through and no longer pink.

Collage adding sweet and sour sauce and pineapple tidbits to ground pork in a skillet.

Pour sweet and sour sauce over the pork mixture and add the pineapples.

Pan of sweet and sour ground pork with pan of rice.

Cook for 5 minutes until sauce is bubbly.

Bowl of sweet and sour pork with pineapple.

Serve over rice and garnish with sesame seeds and cilantro.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Store leftover sweet and sour pork in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days. Store rice in a separate container in the refrigerator up to 4 days.

To Reheat: Cook sweet and sour pork in a skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally until heated through. Cook rice in a pan with 1-2 tablespoons of water over medium heat, stirring until heated through.

Variations: This recipe also works well with ground chicken or ground turkey. Add in any vegetables that you have on hand like carrots, celery or broccoli.

The homemade sweet and sour sauce is great for dipping egg rolls and tempura and it’s so easy to make.

Closeup of bowl of sweet and sour pork.

Sweet and Sour Ground Pork served over rice is full of delicious flavors and makes a great meal for busy weeknights.

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Yield: 4 Servings

Sweet and Sour Ground Pork

Sweet and Sour Ground Pork with pineapple and rice in a bowl.

Sweet and Sour Ground Pork is a quick and easy weeknight dinner that will please the entire family. Ground pork with peppers, onions and pineapple, with homemade sauce served over rice.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

Sweet and Sour Sauce

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch

Pork Stir Fry

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup diced bell peppers
  • 3/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground pork
  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, optional for garnish
  • chopped fresh cilantro, optional for garnish

Instructions

  1. Make the sweet and sour sauce by adding water, pineapple juice, sugar, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, salt and corn starch to a saucepan. Whisk together and cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Continue whisking until sauce is thickened. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Dice the onions and bell peppers and add to a skillet with olive oil. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring often until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the ground pork to the skillet and season with garlic, salt and pepper. Crumble pork as it cooks with a wooden spoon, stirring occasionally until cooked through and no longer pink.
  4. Pour sweet and sour sauce over the pork mixture and add the drained pineapples. Cook for 5 minutes until sauce is bubbly.
  5. Serve over rice and garnish with sesame seeds and cilantro.

Notes

Storage: Store leftover sweet and sour pork in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days. Store rice in a separate container in the refrigerator up to 4 days.

To Reheat: Cook sweet and sour pork in a skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally until heated through. Cook rice in a pan with 1-2 tablespoons of water over medium heat, stirring until heated through.

Variations: This recipe also works well with ground chicken or ground turkey. Add in any vegetables that you have on hand like carrots, celery or broccoli.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 951Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 160mgSodium: 678mgCarbohydrates: 97gFiber: 2gSugar: 51gProtein: 49g

Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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