Quick and tasty sweet and sour pork

Sweet and sour pork recipe

Okay, so the image could’ve made this look a little more appetising, but I was hungry and just wanted to EAT IT!!! Not to mention Mr M sat at the table taking the p*** out of me for ‘always taking photos of our dinner’…But, trust me when I say this sweet and sour pork recipe tastes amazing and will never let you down!

We have a lot of stir-frys in our house and I find this recipe to be a great alternative whenever I want to cook something quick and healthy – but with a bit of a twist. It’s also a great way of cooking pork, which if like us, you tend to eat a lot of chicken. I always chop all of the ingredients and have them ready to go before I start to cook. It really is a doddle.

sweet and sour recipe

Recipe for sweet and sour pork:

  • Pork fillet
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 red or yellow pepper (or half of each)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 red chili
  • Lug of olive oil
  • Small bunch of fresh coriander
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of five-spice
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 x 227g tin of chopped pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds (for serving)
  • Rice to serve alongside

Dice all of the veg and the pork fillet into 2cm cubes. Peel and finely slice the ginger, garlic and chili. Pick the coriander leaves and put them to one side. Finely slice the coriander stalks. Cook the rice according to package instructions and cover with foil until needed.


Preheat a large frying pan or wok, add the oil to the pan to heat. Add the pork fillet along with the five-spice and cook for a few minutes until browned. Transfer the pork to a bowl and add all of the chopped ingredients to the pan. Toss and stir everything together for around two minutes. Stir in the cornflour, the the soy sauce. Let everything cook for around one minute and then add the pineapple chunks (and their juice), the browned pork and balsamic vinegar. Cook for a few minutes until the sauce is reduced to a gravy-like consistency. Check the pork is cooked through before serving alongside your rice.


This is an adaptation of Jamie Oliver’s ‘My sweet and sour pork’ taken from the book, ‘Jamie’s Ministry of Food’.
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12 Comment

  1. Moipone Islam
    December 15, 2015 at 6:59 am

    Wow you just made me hungry for food and its only breakfast time in South Africa, looks simple and tasty indeed. 🙂

  2. Robyn
    December 15, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    This looks delicious and sounds really easy, definitely coming back to this when it’s time to do the meal planning! We eat quite a lot of stirfry but normally with ginger and sesame flavours, so this would be quite a nice alternative to mix into our regular rotation. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂
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  3. April
    December 16, 2015 at 11:30 am

    I’m a fan of stir-fries too, it’s one of my favorite lunches. Your recipe looks easy and tasty. PINed and Tweeted it 🙂
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  4. Silly Mummy
    December 16, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Think I’ll have to try this. Looks & sounds lovely, & quick & easy always convinces me! #WAYWOW
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  5. Eb Gargano
    December 17, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious. I’m going to bookmark this for future reference!

  6. OneDizzyBee
    December 18, 2015 at 12:12 am

    I think the picture makes this look plenty tasty. This looks right up my alley.

  7. Jessica Powell
    December 18, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Yum, this looks awesome! 😀 #picknmix
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  8. Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    December 24, 2015 at 1:44 am

    Natalie, this looks so good, and right up my alley. We love a stir-fry too, a great way to get a lot of veggies into our food. My daughter is vegetarian so I make hers without meat, and since I’m gluten free this is perfect for me. I love that they now make gluten free soy sauce, that made my day, I was dancing in the grocery store aisle! LOL I have never tried a combination like yours, I’m pinning this so I can try it next time!!! Merry Christmas!
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    1. Mum in Brum
      January 18, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      Hi Nikki, thanks so much for Stumbling this – I was amazed at the traffic! I am such a fan of soy sauce so can imagine your joy when you realised they now do gluten free! The pineapple and balsamic really is a great combination, hope you get to try it out! x

  9. A Cornish Mum
    December 24, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Oh yum love the look and sound of this! Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

  10. mummuddlingthrough
    January 4, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Just pinned this! Will be cooking tomorrow with some pork stir fry strips I just took out of the freezer…cheers Nat!
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    1. Mum in Brum
      January 18, 2016 at 8:06 pm

      So glad this worked out well! It’s one of our faves 🙂 x

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