Cashew Sweet and Sour Pork

CATEGORIES: Asian and Thai, Kate, Pork

We love Chinese food. And, living in the South, good Chinese food (like good Mexican food) is hard to come by. Don’t get me wrong, there’s good food here; the South isn’t known for awesome food for nothing. The ethnic scope of it is just limited.

I wouldn’t say this is Chinese so much as it is “Asian-Inspired.” I got this recipe from Cooking Light a few years ago and it’s been a staple at our house ever since. And just so you know, Cooking Light doesn’t mean Cooking Gross. I would say (and I know Sara agrees with me) that some of the best recipes that I have come from Cooking Light. It’s more like Cooking Lighter.

Don’t be scared of all the ingredients. Yeah, there are a lot of ingredients in this recipe, but the vast majority of them are probably already in your pantry.

Cashew Sweet and Sour Pork

2 Tbsp. cornstarch, divided
1 Tbsp. cooking sherry or apple juice
1 lb. pork tenderloin or boneless pork chops, thinly sliced
1/3 c. water
¼ c. sugar
¼ c. cider vinegar
3 Tbsp. soy sauce
3 Tbsp. ketchup
1 Tbsp. oil
1/3 c. chopped cashews (or exactly one of those little .99 bags of Fritos cashews at the front of the grocery store)
¼ c. green onions
2 tsp. minced or grated fresh ginger
2 tsp. fresh garlic, minced or pressed
6-8 oz. snow peas, trimmed
1 8-oz. can pineapple chunks, drained

Now…to get your pork super thin, you’ll need to partially freeze it. When it’s semi-frozen (or mostly-frozen), you can either cut it very thinly with a sharp knife or pop it into your food processor fitted with the slicing blade. It’s like magic.

When I say trim your snow peas, I mean get the icky hard parts off. Little baby snow peas are very tender and don’t need to be trimmed, but you’ll probably have some bigger ones in there. Just snap the corners off and then tug a little to get the tough string that goes along the side of the snow pea. It’s like a vegetarian version of a fish-gutting. Without the guts. Okay, it’s not really like that at all.

Begin cooking your rice.

Combine 1 tablespoon cornstarch, sherry, and pork. Toss well.

Combine 1 tablespoon cornstarch, water, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, and ketchup. Stir with a whisk; make sure there are no clumps with the cornstarch.

Now collect everything that’s going into the stir fry next to the stove so you can access it easily.

Heat 1-2 Tbsp. canola oil in a large frying pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add pork and stir-fry 3 minutes. Add onions, ginger, and garlic.

Stir-fry 1 minute. Add snow peas and pineapple. Stir-fry 3 minutes more. Whisk sauce ingredients again and add to pan

bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in cashews and serve over hot rice. Garnish with more cashews and green onions if you want.





  1. This is a staple at our house too. And actually, I use the sauce more than anything. I often just cook up some chicken and whatever veggies I have in my house that need eating, and toss it together with the sauce and serve over rice. Although I never leave out the pineapple and cashews! Super yummy and super easy.

  2. I am a little ignorant on the food processor thing. I have the little one that came with the blender at Costco. Can I still slice the meat with it? If so how do I do it? I feel like your blog is my personal culinary arts school and I love it!

  3. You should be able to use a smaller food processor just fine, you may just have to do it in smaller batches. But yeah, as long as the meat's almost frozen and you don't meet any bad resistance (you'll know) when you're trying to slice it, you'll be fine! 🙂

  4. This looks so good! I'll have to try it for sure.

    I'm in agreement with you guys on the Cooking Light thing too. I love it, there are so many yummy recipes that I constantly use from them!

  5. I made this for dinner tonight, and it was fantastic! This is the third recipe I've made from your site (I've also tried the sweet potato fries and the honey chicken), and we've loved them all. Keep up the great work, ladies!

  6. Yet another great recipe! With fresh peas from the garden to find new uses for, this is perfect. Thank you for sharing your talent with all of us.

  7. OH-MY-GOSH~!
    I literally JUST finished making this… like Hubby on the way home… rice is done, kind of stuff.
    I just tasted the done chicken mixture and was expecting it, for some reason… (because of past experiences with home made chinese type food) to be blahh… and taste like soy sauce and garlic in water. But I WISH I had a picture of my face when I was leaning over the kitchen, burning my mouth, for a bite. IT WAS SO GOOD! SO much FLAVOR! My hubby is going to be so PROUD of me!!!! 🙂 I am SUCH a bad dinner maker-er. And I have about 5 recipes from your site that I'm attempting to make this week, that I've already got all the ingredients for, to win back the "wife of the year award"… (okay, SO far away from that, but you know what I mean)… This was a GREAT confidence booster for me… for the rest of the week. I had to jump on here and say THANK YOU for making these recipes REAL… and easy to make and follow… Ooo, I could KISS you right now. But no time… I'm going to eat my dinner! 🙂

  8. Made this tonight for christmas eve dinner…absolutely scrumptious 🙂 i tried it with edamame rather than snow peas because its all i had, and still very good!

  9. made this last night for dinner and all but my picky 7 yr old loved it! My husband said it tasted like something from a good restaraunt.

  10. I'm new to your site, but I already love it! This pork looks wonderful and I was wondering if you have suggestions on how to prepare some of it ahead of time to freeze? Either way, I'll try it soon! Thankyou!!

    BTW: made honey chicken last night and loved it!!

  11. Yum! I just tried this tonight w/ chicken instead of pork though–but some of the best asian food I've had!

  12. I stumbled across this recipe tonight and it looked so good. I ran to the store and bought everything for it. The only thing I had a hard time finding was the cider vinegar, which I ended up buying wine vingegar and hoping it was an ok substitute. I also used chicken instead of Pork. I have to say, I loved this recipe!! It was so good. It looks just like the photo posted and tastes amazing. I already sent the recipe to a couple of friends to try. Thanks so much!!!

  13. I made this tonight and it was delish! I love that you girls love asian food just as much as I do! Your recipes are amazing!

  14. I had no idea you could slice meat in the food processor. My life is changed…I will be slicing every meat possible now!! And thank you–this recipe was amazing!

  15. Just wanted to say thanks for the recipe! I made it tonight and am in love with this dish! It was a huge hit with every member of the family and that’s a rare experience. So thank you!

  16. I really want to try this and I want to print this recipe . . . why isn’t there a print button on this recipe??? Am I missing something?

  17. Tried this tonight with broccoli and tofu instead of pork and it was so good… Your blog is still my first stop when deciding what to make for dinner!

  18. I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I even caught my husband licking his plate. Thanks for another great recipe!

  19. This was so yummy and so easy! Thanks for all the GREAT recipes! I LOVE your website and your easy to follow, delicious recipes with accompaning pictures! Thank you!

  20. My family devoured this and were begging for more. The recipe was easy to follow, and easy to cook. Keep the gourmet goodness coming!

  21. Made this tonight for dinner and it was delicous! It looked sooooo fancy too! I was like ya…I made this…woohoo!

  22. do you have a printable version of this? I bought the ingredients I needed to make it today and wrote out the recipe but it sure would be nice to have a printable version! Cant wait to try it tonight!

    also is it okay to repost this recipe on my website?


  23. Just made this and it was so good! We devoured it! I had a red pepper on hand, so I diced it up and added it with the garlic and onions and I loved it!

  24. This is a favorite meal in my family. I use a small can of pineapple tidbits because we weren’t a fan of the chunks.

  25. I bought a large pack of pork chops on sale and was looking for something to do with the second half. This recipe is so good – the whole family loved it and requested we have it again. Instead of buying snow peas, I bought a frozen back of Asian vegetables (my store was out of snow peas).

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