Pork with sweet & sour onion sauce

Pork with sweet & sour onion sauce

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(21 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4
This healthy, meaty main uses lean pork fillets and is on the table in just 30 minutes - serve with your choice of grain

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal574
  • fat16g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs61g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre3g
  • protein41g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 250g mixed basmati rice and wild rice
  • 600g pork fillet, cut into 4cm-thick slices
  • 2 tbsp coarse black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 large red onion, halved and sliced
  • 150ml cider vinegar
  • 75ml maple syrup
    Maple syrup

    Maple syrup

    may-pul sir-rup

    The rising spring sap of a number of varieties of maple tree

  • small bunch parsley, chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…


  1. Boil the rice in plenty of water, following pack instructions, until cooked. Drain, return to the pot and cover to keep warm.

  2. Meanwhile, sprinkle the meat on all sides with the black pepper and some salt. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a large frying pan. Sear the meat on both sides until nicely browned. Remove from the pan.

  3. Add the remaining oil and the onion to the pan. Cook for 5 mins, then pour in the vinegar and let reduce for 1 min. Stir in the maple syrup, then return the pork to the pan and heat for 5 mins until cooked through. Serve the pork and sauce spooned over the rice and scattered with the parsley.

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13th May, 2020
Tried this last night. Very tasty, a good sweet and sour, however there was not enough sauce and what there was was very runny. We will try it again but do something different with the sauce.
Martin Iles
2nd May, 2020
Followed the recipe to a "T" and it was aweful. Don't waste your money on this one!
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Pat Hewes
11th Nov, 2018
If you like a vinegary meal then you will love this. Personally I felt it was a waste of a good pork tenderloin.
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17th Mar, 2015
I would advise less cider vinegar, because with these proportions the taste is a bit severe, though still nice. Also, I added a little bit of cornflour to make the sauce less runny and almost caramelising the meat and onions:)
Deb Trofimov
25th Jan, 2015
We love this recipe and eat it once a week. We cook Quinoa instead of rice and it's delicious!
6th Apr, 2014
So so nice. I added a chilli too to give it a little kick
9th Jun, 2013
Absolutely love this, so simple definitely going to try with chicken, very similar to chinese sweet and sour.
2nd May, 2013
Qiuck, simple and tasty - I did add some peppers as I had them in the fridge
1st May, 2013
Simple quick recipe that tastes delicious!!
5th Apr, 2013
Simple. Love it.


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