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Sweet and Sour Pork

To save time, you can buy pork cut into thin strips for stir-frying, available in many supermarkets.

Sunset JANUARY 2002

  • Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings


  • 2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 1 pound fat-trimmed boned pork loin or sirloin
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 onion (8 oz.)
  • 1 red or green bell pepper (8 oz.)
  • 1 can (8 oz.) pineapple chunks in juice
  • 1/4 cup catsup
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salad oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • Salt


1. In a 2- to 3-quart pan over high heat, bring 3 1/2 cups water and the rice to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-high and cook, uncovered, until most of the water is absorbed, 7 to 10 minutes. Turn heat to low, cover, and cook until rice is tender to bite, 10 to 15 minutes longer.

2. Meanwhile, rinse pork and pat dry; cut into 3-inch-long strips 1 inch wide and 1/4 inch thick. In a small bowl, mix pork with 1 tablespoon soy sauce.

3. Peel onion and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-wide slivers. Rinse, stem, and seed bell pepper; cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-wide slivers about 3 inches long.

4. Drain pineapple juice into a 1-cup glass measure. Add enough water to make 2/3 cup. Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon soy sauce, catsup, cornstarch, sugar, vinegar, and cayenne.

5. Pour 1/2 teaspoon oil into a 12-inch nonstick frying pan or 14-inch wok over high heat. When oil ripples when pan is tilted, add onion, bell pepper, ginger, and garlic. Stir often until bell pepper is tender-crisp to bite, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour from pan into a serving bowl.

6. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil and the pork to pan; stir often until pork is no longer pink in the center (cut to test), 4 to 5 minutes. Return onion mixture to pan and add pineapple. Stir the pineapple juice mixture and add to pan. Stir until sauce boils and thickens, about 1 minute. Add salt to taste. Pour into a serving bowl and serve with hot cooked rice.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 417
  • Calories from fat: 13%
  • Protein: 22g
  • Fat: 6g
  • Saturated fat: 1.7g
  • Carbohydrate: 67g
  • Fiber: 2.1g
  • Sodium: 506mg
  • Cholesterol: 45mg

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