Gluten-Free Sweet and Sour Pork: A Satisfying Delight

Greetings, food lovers! In today’s article, I’m excited to share with you my recipe for Gluten Free Sweet and Sour Pork. This recipe is perfect for those who are looking for a healthy, flavorful, and easy-to-make dish for their loved ones.

For me, cooking is not just about preparing food, but also an art form that requires creativity and passion. I believe that healthy eating does not need to compromise on taste and flavor. That’s why I always strive to find the perfect balance between health and taste in all of my recipes.

If you’re someone who follows a gluten-free diet, then this recipe is the perfect fit for you. This recipe uses ingredients such as tamarind paste, cornflour, and arrowroot instead of wheat flour or other gluten-containing ingredients. We use pork tenderloin cut into inch cubes as our protein source.

Furthermore, I have created this dish with those who have dietary restrictions in mind. My recipe is both dairy-free and vegan-friendly as well so everyone can enjoy it!

I guarantee you that when you take your first bite of this succulent sweet and sour pork dish, your taste buds will be delighted by the tangy and sweet flavors of the sauce paired perfectly with the tenderness of the pork. You’ll be pleased to know that this dish can be easily modified to suit your preferences as well.

Let’s dig into the ingredient list next to start preparing this delightful Gluten Free Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Gluten Free Sweet and Sour Pork
Gluten Free Sweet and Sour Pork

My dear foodies, let me present to you a recipe that is simply irresistible. If you are longing for a meal that is gluten-free, dairy-free, and oh-so-flavorful, this gluten-free sweet and sour pork recipe is what you need.

Why will you love this recipe? First and foremost, it’s made with top-quality pork tenderloin cut into 1-inch cubes. The meat is succulent and juicy, and when combined with our secret ingredient – tamarind paste – it gives the dish a unique, tangy flavor that’s hard to resist.

This mouth-watering recipe also boasts a delicious sauce that’s simultaneously sweet and sour. It’s a perfect balance of flavors that comes from combining white vinegar, soy sauce, garlic paste, and caster sugar. You might say it’s like a symphony of tastes in your mouth.

For those who are health-conscious or following a specific lifestyle diet, this recipe won’t disappoint. It has been carefully constructed using free-from ingredients that meet specific dietary needs without sacrificing taste.

Making this dish doesn’t require too much effort either. All the ingredients are commonly found in most grocery stores or may already be in your pantry. With just a few steps to follow, you’ll have a fantastic meal on your table in no time.

Lastly, this dish can be paired with various options like rice or noodles – perfect for both lunch or dinner. You can even make it ahead of time or reheat leftovers for another meal without losing any flavor whatsoever.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for something easy to prepare but also packed full of flavor, then this gluten-free sweet and sour pork recipe is sure to become one of your go-to recipes for years to come!

Ingredient List

 A sweet and sour pork that's gluten-free? Yes, please!
A sweet and sour pork that’s gluten-free? Yes, please!

Here is a list of ingredients that you will need to make this scrumptious gluten-free sweet and sour pork recipe:

  • Pork: You will need 2 lbs of boneless pork tenderloin, cut into 1-inch cubes.
  • Seasonings: 1 tsp salt, 4 tsp cornstarch, and 1/4 tsp pepper.
  • Pineapple sweet & sour sauce: 1 cup pineapple juice, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup white vinegar, and 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar.
  • Thickener: Mix separately in water – 4 tsp of cornflour and 4 tsp of arrowroot powder.
  • Soy sauce: Use Any soy sauce if you want to give your dish a salty flavor.
  • Garlic paste: You’ll need fresh garlic paste- Made by blending fresh garlic with some water.
  • Fresh ginger: You’ll require freshly grated ginger on a fine grater to add its zingy taste to the dish.
  • Red pepper flakes: Add dried red pepper flakes as per the spiciness required in the dish.
  • Bell pepper: Sliced green bell peppers adds its mild sweetness to the dish, half an inch diced onion.

All these ingredients combined make up for a delicious entree_ that you don’t wanna miss out on. Let’s jump onto the recipe guidelines now.

The Recipe How-To

 Who says gluten-free can't be delicious? This sweet and sour pork begs to differ.
Who says gluten-free can’t be delicious? This sweet and sour pork begs to differ.

Now that we have all the ingredients ready, it’s time to dive into the recipe how-to guide. This gluten-free sweet and sour pork recipe is perfect for the ones who crave something savory and tangy at the same time. The dish comes together in no time, making it ideal for busy weekdays or when you’re in a rush.

Step 1: Preparing the Pork

Start by trimming any excess fat from your 2lbs. pork tenderloin cut into 1-inch cubes, making sure they’re all evenly sized. Then mix 4 tsp cornflour with a pinch of salt and pepper in a small bowl to make the coating mixture.

Step 2: Browning the Pork

Heat up a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add the pork cubes into the pan and let them cook for around 3-4 minutes each side, until beautifully browned on all sides.

Step 3: Making the Sweet Sour Sauce

Combine 1 cup pineapple juice, 2 tablespoons tamarind paste, 3 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, and 1/4 cup caster sugar in a small mixing bowl. Stir well until everything’s incorporated.

Step 4: Cooking Everything Together

Now it’s time to get everything together in one pan! In the same skillet as before (or you can use a wok if you prefer), sauté 3 cloves of minced garlic until fragrant.

Add in some mixed bell pepper strips and cook for a minute before adding your cooked pork cubes back into the skillet

Pour the sweet-sour sauce over the top along with 1/4 cup water, mixed with 1tsp arrowroot powder, or more depending on how thick you want your sauce to be.

Toss everything together until fully coated in the sauce and let it cook for a minute or two until the sauce has thickened up.

Step 5: Serve and Enjoy

You can serve this dish as is, over brown rice, or even alongside some steamed stir-fried vegetables. Garnish with sliced green onions or fresh herbs of your choice.

That’s it! you have made a delicious and easy gluten-free sweet and sour pork recipe. Enjoy every bite of it with family and friends.

Substitutions and Variations

 Get ready to impress your taste buds (and your guests) with this flavorful gluten-free dish.
Get ready to impress your taste buds (and your guests) with this flavorful gluten-free dish.

As a nutritionist and food blogger, I understand the importance of finding substitutions and variations that work best for your personal needs and preferences. That’s why I always encourage experimenting with different ingredients to make a recipe your own. Here are some ideas to switch up this gluten-free Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe:

– For a vegan version, use firm tofu instead of pork. Marinate the tofu in the sweet and sour sauce for at least 30 minutes before cooking it in an air fryer or sautéing it on the stove.

– Use chicken instead of pork for a variation. Simply cut boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs into 1-inch cubes and follow the same recipe as you would for pork.

– If you prefer a milder flavor, reduce or omit red pepper flakes altogether from the sweet sour sauce.

– You can also mix up the veggies in the stir-fry if you’re not fond of green peppers, try using carrots or broccoli instead.

– If you’re allergic to cornstarch or want to avoid it, swap it out with arrowroot powder or gluten-free all-purpose flour.

– Substitute pineapple juice with tamarind paste to give a mildly tart taste that works perfectly in place of tangy ingredients like white vinegar or apple cider vinegar.

Remember these are just suggestions, so feel free to get creative with your substitutions and let your taste buds be your guide!. Whether you’re cookin’ up a storm on a weekday night or catering for a special occasion, making alterations can really help you optimize what you eat while keeping true to what you love.

Serving and Pairing

 If you're a fan of sweet and sour dishes, you're going to love this gluten-free version of pork.
If you’re a fan of sweet and sour dishes, you’re going to love this gluten-free version of pork.

Hello there, my dear readers! Now that the Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe is ready, let’s talk about how you can serve and pair it to make it a complete meal.

First things first, serving size. The recipe serves 4 people, but it is easily scalable to serve more. I recommend pairing this dish with some steamed jasmine rice topped with chopped scallions for an authentic Asian inspired meal.

If you want to add more veggies to your meal, a side of stir-fried green beans or bok choy would be delicious. Alternatively, you could serve the sweet and sour pork over a bed of bok choy or baby spinach.

Now let’s talk about what beverages would complement this dish nicely. If you’re looking for an alcoholic drink, I recommend serving this dish with a Riesling or a Gewürztraminer because they have a subtle sweetness that perfectly balances the tangy flavor of the sweet and sour pork. For non-alcoholic options, go for a glass of cold iced tea or lemonade.

You can also add some texture to your meal with crispy fried wontons or egg rolls. If you prefer something lighter, try pairing it with a simple salad coated in ginger dressing.

Overall, the key pairing components are: some greens for crunch and balance, a light refreshing drink, and an extra heat element on the side like fried wontons or egg rolls.

That’s all for now on serving and pairing suggestions. Bon Appétit!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Can't eat gluten? No problem! This sweet and sour pork will satisfy your cravings.
Can’t eat gluten? No problem! This sweet and sour pork will satisfy your cravings.

Preparing food ahead of time can be a huge time saver, especially with busy schedules. This Gluten-Free Sweet and Sour Pork recipe is a great option for make-ahead meals. Once cooked, it can last up to four days in the fridge if stored properly.

To store the sweet and sour pork, let it cool down to room temperature before transferring it to airtight containers. Avoid overfilling the container as it can cause air pockets that may lead to spoilage. Place it in the refrigerator and consume it within four days.

To reheat this fabulous gluten-free recipe, there are simple ways of doing so. The microwave is always an option but be careful not to overheat it as the pork may become rubbery. You also have an option to use stovetop or oven depending on your preference. To reheat on stovetop, place the sweet and sour pork in a pan with a lid and heat it over medium until warmed through. Add some water or stock to avoid sticking and stir occasionally. On oven reheat set oven to 350°F and transfer sweet and sour pork on baking dish and cover with foil paper. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.

This dish should definitely be one of your go-to recipes on meal prep days as its flavors tend to develop more as it sits. A great tip is saving some sauce on separate container in which one could drizzle over freshly cooked rice or vegetables, even better store separately like the rice you can sub soy sauce for extra flavor when heated up again. Have fun making this delicious gluten-free Sweet and Sour Pork recipe ahead of time – you won’t regret it!

Tips for Perfect Results

 This dish may be gluten-free, but it's packed with so much flavor you won't even notice.
This dish may be gluten-free, but it’s packed with so much flavor you won’t even notice.

Cooking gluten-free can be challenging, but with the right ingredients and techniques, you can achieve delicious results. Here are some tips to help you perfect your sweet and sour pork recipe:

1. Gluten-Free Flour

When breading or dusting the pork, use gluten-free flour instead of regular flour. Cornflour, arrowroot or a blend of gluten-free flours work great to make the pork crispy without compromising its texture.

2. High Heat Cooking

Your pan should be hot before adding the pork to it. The high heat will give the meat a nice sear on the outside while keeping it juicy on the inside.

3. Pork Cut

Using tender cuts like pork tenderloin, loin or chops cut into small pieces will ensure a succulent and moist final result.

4. Don’t Overcook

Overcooking pork can cause it to get dry and tough. Be mindful of the cooking time and temperature recommended in this recipe to avoid ending up with overcooked meat.

5. Make-Ahead Tip

To save time, you can marinate the pork in the sweet and sour sauce overnight so it absorbs all the flavors before cooking it. This will not only make your life easier but also infuse more flavor into your dish.

6. Sweetness Adjustment

The level of sweetness in your sweet and sour sauce is entirely up to you! Taste as you add sugar to reach the perfect balance between sweet and tangy.

7. Fresh Ingredients

Use fresh ingredients whenever possible, such as garlic paste, grated ginger, and pineapple juice, for maximum flavor impact.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to create mouthwatering gluten-free sweet and sour pork that will be a crowd-pleaser at any mealtime occasion!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Gluten-Free Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe is an excellent choice for anyone who wants a delicious yet healthy meal. This recipe contains fresh ingredients that are gluten-free, dairy-free, and easily digestible, making it the perfect option for those with dietary restrictions.

Additionally, this recipe is easy to make, and you can customize it based on your preferences. You could add more vegetables such as bell peppers, onion or carrots to increase the nutrition level of the dish. You could also swap out pork with chicken or tofu for vegans and vegetarians. Whatever your preference is, this recipe has got you covered.

In conclusion, the Gluten-Free Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe is perfect for anyone who desires a healthy and quick meal. With its simple steps, no one will feel overwhelmed. With its affordability, everyone can enjoy this dish and impress their family or friends.

Gluten Free Sweet and Sour Pork

Gluten Free Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe

Crispy pork pieces in a sticky sweet syrup served with steamed rice. This sweet and sour pork is the perfect dish to sweeten up your gluten free dinners.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Calories 454.8 kcal


  • 1/2 cup cornflour (Make sure it isn't wheaten)
  • 1/3 cup arrowroot
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 500 g pork
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar (Ensure this is gluten free)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour (Make sure it isn't wheaten)
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind paste


  • Crispy Pork.
  • Combine the cornflour, arrowroot flour and salt with water.
  • Cut your pork into cubes and coat them in the batter.
  • Heat oil in a deep pan. You can test that the oil is hot enough by dropping in a tiny bit of batter, it if bubbles up straight away it's ready.
  • Fry the pork pieces in the oil until they are golden and cooked through, roughly 3-5 minutes.
  • Sweet and Sour Syrup.
  • Heat sesame oil over medium heat.
  • Add the garlic, caster sugar, vinegar, soy sauce and a cup of water. Cook until the sugar dissolves.
  • Combine the cornflour with 2 tablespoons of water; add this to the pan and whisk it until it begins to bubble up and boil.
  • Simmer for 2 minutes and stir in the tamarind paste. Whisk until well combined and then set aside.
  • Recipe Notes.
  • To add in some vegetables, you can chop up red and green capsicum and add it in with the garlic and oil. Cook it until soft before continuing on to the next step.

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Serving: 300gCalories: 454.8kcalCarbohydrates: 39.5gProtein: 36.4gFat: 15.7gSaturated Fat: 4.5gCholesterol: 105mgSodium: 908.3mgFiber: 2gSugar: 15g
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