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Emeril’s Sweet and Sour Pork

Sweet and Sour Pork | Life, Love, and Good Food

Kick your weeknight dinner up a notch with Emeril’s Sweet & Sour Pork. ThIs pork is seasoned with Emeril’s famous Essence (see the recipe below) and tossed in a deliciously sweet sauce with green pepper, onion, carrots, and fresh pineapple — BAM! Stir fry is one of my favorite weeknight meals to prepare. Chop some veggies, simmer a little sauce, toss it all in the wok, and you’ve got a quick, delicious meal.

A wok filled with meat and vegetables, with Sweet and Sour Pork Don’t let the ingredient list on this recipe scare you–most are dried spices you probably already have on hand. The ESSENCE makes more than you’ll need for this dish, so store it and try it as a rub the next time you fire up the grill.

TIP: Emeril’s original recipe calls for adding 2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes to the sauce, but I thought the Essence made the dish spicy enough for my taste. If your family likes more spice, then by all means add some red pepper flakes. Enjoy!

Sweet & Sour Pork with Emeril's famous Essence tossed in a deliciously sweet sauce with veggies & pineapple - BAM!

Yield: 6 servings

Emeril's Sweet and Sour Pork

Sweet and Sour Pork | Life, Love, and Good Food

Sweet and Sour Pork - seasoned with Emeril's famous Essence and tossed in a deliciously sweet sauce with green pepper, onion, carrots, and pineapple -- BAM!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes



  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons sherry

Stir Fry

  • 2 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil
  • 1 pound lean pork shoulder, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons Essence, recipe follows
  • 1 green bell pepper, stemmed and seeded, cut into strips
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 2 cups cubed pineapple

Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning)

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme



  1. Whisk together pineapple juice, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, water, soy sauce, and sesame oil. In a medium saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over and sauté the ginger and garlic for 15 seconds. Add the pineapple juice mixture and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and stir until the sugar dissolve.
  2. In a small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in the sherry. Whisk into the sauce; reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened -- just a couple of minutes. Remove from the heat.

Stir Fry

  1. Season the pork with the Essence. In a wok or large saute pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over high heat. Add the pork and stir fry until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain the pork on paper towels.
  2. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the wok and stir fry the bell peppers, onions, and carrots, about 2-3 minutes. Add the pork and stir fry another 4-5 minutes. Add the sauce and pineapple stirring, until warmed through and thickened, 1 minute.

Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):

  1. Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.


Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 Servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 476Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 2598mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 4gSugar: 28gProtein: 21g

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Tuesday 19th of February 2019

I loved everything about this recipe exceptt the Emeril’s seasoning. I felt like it overwhelmed the flavors of the sauce abd veggies. I would make it again but without the seasoning on the pork.


Tuesday 3rd of September 2019

I marinate my pork in sesame oil, soy sauce, fresh grated ginger, minced garlic and onion powder, then I stir fry it so much better


Thursday 5th of July 2018

I love the way you have organized this recipe. I've printed it and plan to use it next time I make this! I've made Emeril's sweet and sour pork before and I the recipe I used called for 2 tablespoons fresh minced ginger. In my opinion, the fresh minced ginger is absolutely essential to this dish. So yummy! Thank you for sharing this recipe!


Thursday 12th of April 2018

In the list of ingredients, it says, "1/2 tsp ginger." Is this ground powdered ginger or ginger root?



Thursday 12th of April 2018

In this recipe, it is ground ginger. However, if you have ginger root that would also be delicious.

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