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Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Pork

Sue Lau
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Inactive Instant Pot Activity (heat and Pressure Release) 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese


  • Instant Pot or Electric Pressure Cooker


Sweet and Sour Sauce :

  • 6 ounces canned pineapple juice
  • 6 ounces canned tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup ginger ale
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch

Pork Cooking Ingredients:

  • 1-3/4 pounds pork tenderloin cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 large onion chopped

Cooking liquid:

  • 1 cup ginger ale
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

Other Ingredients:

  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 2 cups diced fresh pineapple
  • steamed rice for serving


  • Whisk together the ingredients for the sauce in a small saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil and stir until thick; keep warm.
  • Cube pork and toss with salt and black pepper.
  • Heat oil and sesame oil in in the instant pot on the saute setting or use a skillet; brown meat and chopped onion together. If you use the instant pot it probably won't brown as well as the skillet but just turn opaque and that's fine. Just don't overcook the meat here.
  • Add the ingredients for the cooking liquid (cup of ginger ale with soy sauce and sesame) along with the chopped bell pepper to the pork and onion in the pot.
  • Cover the instant pot, set the valve to seal; cook pork at pressure using the manual setting for one minute; release the steam using the quick release valve and wait for the steam to subside before opening.
  • Strain out the meat using a slotted spoon and discard cooking liquid.
  • Toss cooked pork and vegetables with the pineapple and the warmed sweet and sour sauce. (We didn't cook the pineapple here and it warms fine by just stirring it in).
  • Serve with steamed rice.


Sauce yields 2-1/2 cups
From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com
Keyword Pork Tenderloin, Sweet and Sour Sauce
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