Air Fryer Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe

2021-12-15
  • Yield: 4
  • Servings: 4
  • Prep Time: 20m
  • Cook Time: 14m
  • Ready In: 34m

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

    273.6
  • Carbohydrates

    16.7 g
  • Cholesterol

    50.7 mg
  • Fat

    16.1 g
  • Fiber

    1.9 g
  • Protein

    15.4 g
  • Saturated Fat

    4.3 g
  • Serving Size

    1
  • Sodium

    263.3 mg
  • Sugar

    8.3 g
  • Trans Fat

    7.8 g
  • Unsaturated Fat

    2.6 g
  • Potassium

    484.6 mg
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Air fryer sweet and sour pork recipe. This sweet and sour pork recipe is the perfect starter dish for your air fryer. It’s made with a tender but crispy coating and will be ready in just 20 minutes!

What is sweet and sour pork?

What is sweet and sour pork?

Sweet and sour pork is a classic Chinese dish, typically made by deep-frying chunks of pork in a mixture of sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, and cornstarch. It has been adapted to air fryers to make it healthier.

Why is sweet and sour pork used in American cooking?

This is a question that you might have been asking yourself. Well, we are here to tell you the answer! First, let’s make a quick summary of what an air fryer is.

An air fryer is a cooking appliance that uses hot air to cook food by circulating it in small pockets of hot air at relatively high temperatures. It can also be used as an oven, but with more convenience and less cleanup required.

What makes this sweet and sour pork recipe so popular? It’s because of the heat-lamp method which turns the pork into crispy golden brown on the outside while remaining tender inside. It also uses just two ingredients – pork and orange juice.

How long does it take to cook sweet and sour pork?

Sweet and sour pork is a popular dish, but cooking it with an air fryer can be tricky. This recipe will show you how to produce the perfect sweet and sour pork in a matter of minutes.

The cooking time for this recipe is approximately ten minutes, depending on the thickness of your pork slices.

Air Fryer Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons five-spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 3/4 pound boneless pork, cubed
  • canola oil
  • 1Β½ cups chunked green bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 cup cubed pineapples

Method

Step 1

In a large mixing bowl, combine all-purpose flour, cornstarch, Chinese five-spice powder, salt, and black pepper. Mix well and set aside.

Step 2

In another mixing bowl, combine beaten egg and milk. Whisk well.

Step 3

Dredge cubed pork in the flour mixture first, then dip them into the egg and then back into the flour. Sprinkle coated meat with canola oil.

Step 4

Place chunked bell peppers and onions in the air fryer basket. Sprinkle with a little oil. Fry at 400 F (200 C) for 5 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through.

Step 5

Meanwhile, start making the sauce: In a medium saucepan, combine the ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, orange juice, soy sauce, and garlic. Mix well and bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Step 6

When peppers and onions have finished frying, stir them along with the pineapple chunks into the pan. Continue simmering and stirring, for a further 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat , set aside and keep warm.

Step 7

Add cubed pork to the air fryer basket. Fry at 400 F (200 C) for 6 minutes, shaking the basket for the last minute of the cooking process.

Step 8

Remove fried pork from the fryer and toss with the pineapple, peppers, and sauce. Serve hot.

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