Sweet and sour pork is a traditional and delicious Chinese dish. There's no need for takeout when you can make it with very little effort at home, and even better, in the Instant Pot®. Serve with rice.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
40 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as an Instant Pot®) and select Saute function. Add oil and heat until hot. Add pork cubes, working in batches if necessary, and cook until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Return all the pork back to the pot and cancel Saute mode.

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  • Whisk together 3/4 cup water, ketchup, rice vinegar, pineapple juice, brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic in a small bowl. Pour over pork and stir to combine.

  • Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 5 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  • Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Release remaining pressure using the quick-release method. Unlock the lid and remove. Transfer pork to a plate using a slotted spoon. Cover with foil to keep warm.

  • Select Saute mode and stir in onion, pineapple, and red and green bell peppers. Simmer until vegetables start to soften, 6 to 7 minutes.

  • Whisk together cornstarch and remaining 1/2 cup water in a small bowl until smooth. Pour slurry into the pot. Cook, stirring constantly, until sauce has thickened to your preferred consistency, about 2 minutes. Return cooked pork back to the pot and heat until just warmed through. Garnish with sesame seeds.

Cook's Notes:

Feel free to use whatever color bell peppers you like. Canned, drained pineapple chunks may be substituted for fresh.

Adjust thickness of sauce by either adding more water for a thinner sauce or whisking in cornstarch mixed with water to thicken it.

Nutrition Facts

329 calories; protein 22.1g; carbohydrates 36g; fat 11.4g; cholesterol 54.3mg; sodium 648.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (8)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/16/2020
I followed the recipe as is except didn't use green peppers because I don't like their flavour. I am a beginner with my Instantpot and this recipe was amazing. Really easy to make and turned out great. Will definitely make again! Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/18/2020
It was okay but not as much sweet and sour flavour to it as we had hoped. Followed recipe exactly. Would be tempted to slightly modify with more brown sugar. Read More
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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
01/18/2020
It was okay but not as much sweet and sour flavour to it as we had hoped. Followed recipe exactly. Would be tempted to slightly modify with more brown sugar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2020
I thought this tasted very good. One note: to me, the point of using the Instant Pot is to save time, so instead of sauteing the vegetables separately, I put them all in the pot after cooking the pork and adding the sauce. Set the pot to 5 minutes like the recipe said and it came out great. Only thing I messed up is I didn't drain the pork after sauteing, the sauce was a little watery for me. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2019
Excellent!!!! My family and I love this recipe! It's a keeper. Thanks for the share. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/15/2020
It was great! Everyone in the family enjoyed it. I will add this one to our favorites:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2021
Tasted good but took a long time. Next time we'll just make this on the stovetop in a skillet. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/16/2020
I had no pepper pineapple so I used squash and peaches. Came out great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/16/2020
I followed the recipe as is except didn't use green peppers because I don't like their flavour. I am a beginner with my Instantpot and this recipe was amazing. Really easy to make and turned out great. Will definitely make again! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
10/20/2020
This was kinda okay. I would give it 2.5 stars. I probably won't be making it again. Worth trying, though. Read More
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