Give a takeaway favourite a healthy makeover at home with this delicious sweet and sour pork recipe. It’s very quick to prepare, adaptable to whatever you have on hand, and popular with the whole family!
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Are you bored of cooking the same family dinners over and over? It is easy to get stuck in a rut, but trying something new can also be daunting. Take inspiration from a favourite takeaway option, and recreate it at home with this easy recipe.
Sweet and sour pork is popular with all ages, and you can spice it up if needed. It’s really adaptable to whatever vegetables you have to hand, then serve with rice or noodles.
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Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, finely sliced
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- 1 thumb size piece of ginger, finely grated
- 4 pork chops (chopped into bite size pieces, fat removed)
- 1 tin pineapple chunks in own juice
- 2-3 tbsp tomato ketchup
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp vinegar (rice or regular white works best)
- 1 tbsp brown sugar (I used muscovado sugar)
- 1 red/yellow/green pepper, finely sliced
- 1 carrot, shaved using peeler (optional)
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- Rice, to serve
- Heat oil in wok or large frying pan.
- Add your bite size pieces of pork and cook for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Remove the meat and add the onion, garlic, ginger, peppers and carrot (you could also add mange tout, courgettes sliced, beansprouts and bamboo shoots if you wish). Cook until onions and peppers are soft.
- Return meat to wok/pan and add ketchup, honey, brown sugar, soy sauce and vinegar to create a sauce.
- Add pineapple chunks and half the pineapple juice from the can, then cook until sauce thickens slightly.
- Taste and adjust according to your palette i.e. add more honey, sugar, pineapple juice or tomato ketchup for sweetness, add more soy sauce for saltiness and add more vinegar for sour.
- Serve with boiled rice.
Tip: This recipe also works well with chicken breast or thigh meat, prawns or any firm fish. Or you can have it as a veggie dish too.
Verdict: Just like we get from the takeaway but healthier as the meat is not deep fried! This is a firm family favourite and is ready in no time at all.
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