Sweet & Sour Plant-Based Pork

This recipe was created by Purely Kaylie! Read the full recipe here.

This vegan sweet and sour pork is recipe is an easy, flavorful, and high protein meal! It’s a healthy twist on the classic Chinese food. The plant-based pork is coated in a homemade sweet and sour sauce, then served with rice. There’s no need for takeout when you can make this comfort food recipe at home! 

This sweet & sour pork is:

  • Vegan, vegetarian, and dairy-free
  • Easy to make & ready in 30 minutes
  • Super flavorful, comforting, and satisfying
  • Easily made soy-free, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free
  • A high protein vegan meal for the whole family to enjoy


    • ½ cup pineapple juice (from a can)
    • ¼ cup rice vinegar
    • ¼ cup tomato paste (or unsweetened ketchup)
    • ¼ cup water
    • ¼ cup sugar (or maple syrup)
    • 2 tbsp soy sauce
    • 2 tbsp cornstarch
    • ½ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
    • 1 tbsp oil
    • ½ medium onion, diced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 tsp grated ginger
    • ½ red bell pepper, diced
    • ½ green bell pepper, diced
    • ½ cup pineapple chunks (from a can)




  1. Pour the porkless mix into a bowl. Add water and oil, then mix together to combine. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. After, scoop and shape the mix into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Warm a large non-stick frying pan over medium-low heat. Lightly grease it with oil, then add the porkless bites. Fry for 2-3 minutes or until crispy, then flip to cook the other side. Remove porkless bites from the pan and set aside.


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Whisk together until smooth.


  1. Warm the large frying pan over medium-low heat. Add oil, onion, garlic, ginger, bell peppers, and pineapple chunks. Sauté for 5 minutes or until the onions are fragrant and translucent.
  2. Pour sweet and sour sauce over the veggies. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes. The sauce will thicken. If needed, you can add splashes of water to thin it again.
  3. Add the porkless bites to the pan and gently toss everything together.
  4. Serve sweet and sour pork over rice. Garnish with green onion and sesame seeds. Enjoy!


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