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Sweet and sour pork in a blue bowl on a peach placement.
Sweet and Sour Pork
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
13 mins
Total Time
23 mins
When you're craving a Chinese food take-out fix, sweet and sour pork is just the dish to satisfy that craving. Making it the air fryer instead of deep-frying the pork makes it a little easier on your conscience and is honestly much easier to do. 
Course: Entrées
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Pork, One Pot Meal, Quick and Easy
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 333 kcal
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese 5-spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ¾ pound boneless pork cut into 1-inch cubes
  • vegetable or canola oil
  • cups large chunks of red and green peppers
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 cup cubed pineapple
  • chopped scallions
  1. Set up a dredging station with two bowls. Combine the flour, cornstarch, Chinese 5-spice powder, salt and pepper in one large bowl. Mix the egg and milk together in a second bowl. Dredge the pork cubes in the flour mixture first, then dip them into the egg wash and then back into the flour to coat on all sides. Spray the coated pork cubes with vegetable or canola oil.
  2. Pre-heat the air fryer to 400ºF.
  3. Toss the pepper chunks with a little oil and air-fry at 400ºF for 5 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through the cooking time.
  4. While the peppers are cooking, start making the sauce. Combine the ketchup, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, orange juice, soy sauce, and garlic in a medium saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil on the stovetop. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. When the peppers have finished air-frying, add them to the saucepan along with the pineapple chunks. Simmer the peppers and pineapple in the sauce for an additional 2 minutes. Set aside and keep warm.
  5. Add the dredged pork cubes to the air fryer basket and air-fry at 400ºF for 6 minutes, shaking the basket to turn the cubes over for the last minute of the cooking process.
  6. When ready to serve, toss the cooked pork with the pineapples, peppers and sauce. Serve over white rice and garnish with chopped scallions.
Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Sour Pork
Amount Per Serving
Calories 333 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 1171mg 49%
Potassium 681mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 43g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 20g
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 40.7%
Vitamin C 122.4%
Calcium 5.1%
Iron 14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.