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Pineapple Pork Stir-Fry with Peppers

January 8, 2024

Studded with juicy, tart fresh pineapple and crunchy bell peppers, this deeply flavorful pork stir-fry is an easy, healthy way to bring a taste of the tropics to your weeknight table.


Pineapple Pork Stir Fry with red bell peppers and avocado in a skillet

More of our favorite recipes featuring pineapple.

Pork and Pineapple: A Love Story.

If you like Hawaiian pizza, you already know that pork and pineapple are a match made in heaven. But do you know why they are such a classic duo? The sweet-savory pairing has its roots in Hawaii, where fresh pineapple is used to tenderize pork before cooking as part of a traditional luau feast. Raw pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain that breaks down protein, making it perfect for tenderizing meat of all kinds. Our pineapple-studded easy pork stir-fry celebrates this delectable pairing, although we call for pork tenderloin, so the pineapple’s role here is just to flavor—no tenderizing needed. Serve over our Coconut Rice for the ultimate dinner!

ingredients for pineapple pork stir fry; raw pork, pineapple, red bell peppers, fresh ginger, avocado and green onions

Ingredients For Pork Stir-Fry

This simple, Asian-inspired recipe for pork tenderloin stir-fry is a breeze, and relies heavily on pantry staples. Once you’ve got your cubed pork browning in your skillet, it just takes a few seconds to mix up this easy stir-fry sauce. All you’ll need is:

  • Soy sauce or Tamari. The low-sodium kind works wonderfully in this dish.
  • Rice vinegar. Its delicate sweetness compliments the pineapple and bell pepper perfectly.
  • Honey. A little more sweetness, because doesn’t everything taste a little sweeter in the tropics?
  • Fresh garlic, ginger and green onions. Because ALWAYS.
  • A little cornstarch to thicken it all up.
skillet with crispy pork bites
crispy pork bites with raw pineapples and red bell peppers in a skillet
crispy pork bites with cooked pineapple and red bell peppers in a skillet
Pineapple Pork Stir Fry with red bell peppers and avocado in a skillet

How To Make Pork-Stir Fry (AKA Everything’s Better With Pineapple)

This savory, sweet pork stir-fry is a zippy, quick, delicious wake-up call full of vibrant color and satisfying textures. Here’s how to make it:

  1. Toss the cubed pork tenderloin with a little salt, and stir-fry until golden brown.
  2. Whip up that garlicky, ginger-y Asian pork stir-fry sauce.
  3. Toss the pork, pineapple and peppers into a big hot skillet (or a wok would also work, if you have one!) and pour the sauce alllllll over it.
  4. Allow the glorious scent of this pork-y pineapple stir-fry to call your family towards the kitchen as you let the flavors mingle over medium heat. Toss in some cubed avocado, just to make things a little extra lush.
  5. Serve! Lean into that tropical vibe by serving it with Coconut Rice, White Rice or Brown Rice would work, too.
Pineapple Pork Stir Fry with red bell peppers and avocado in a skillet
Pineapple Pork Stir Fry with red bell peppers and avocado in a skillet

Delicious, Yes. But, Is Pork Tenderloin Healthy?

As part of a well-rounded, balanced meal—like this stir-fry recipe!—pork tenderloin is certainly a healthy choice! It’s the “other white meat”, after all. Pork tenderloin is a lean cut of pork, so it’s a terrific, affordable protein option. For even more pork tenderloin inspiration, try out Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Carrots and Chermoula, Herb Crusted Pork Roast with Port Wine Sauce or our Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Chimichurri.

More Weeknight Stir-Fry Recipes To Love

Can’t stop won’t stop—stir-fries have our hearts forever. Here are three of our go-to stir-fry recipes:

  • Vegetable Stir Fry. We love this easy veggie stir fry for its delicious homemade sauce and super customizable ingredient list.

  • Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry. Juicy shrimp are sautéed with a gorgeous rainbow of vegetables, it’s asy, fast and delicious.

  • Crispy chicken stir-fry. Can we call this one our “famous” crispy chicken stir-fry, yet?

  • Garlic butter steak stir-fry. The name of the recipe pretty much says it all. Garlic. Butter. It’s awesome, you should make it.

Pineapple & Pork Stir-Fry: Good Idea? Or GREAT Idea?

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Pineapple Pork Stir-Fry with Peppers

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  15 min
  • Cook Time:  35 min
  • Calories: 404


  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin, cut into 1½-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ cup low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • ¼ cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1½ tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 large red bell pepper, 1-inch dice
  • 2 cups 1-inch diced, pineapple
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 large avocado, diced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds, for serving (optional)
  • Sriracha or chili sauce, for serving (optional)
  • Coconut rice, for serving (optional)


  1. Season the pork all over with the salt.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Once the oil is glistening, working in batches, add the pork and cook, stirring, until golden brown on all sides and cooked through, about 15-18 minutes total. Transfer to a plate.

  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, ginger, ½ cup water and the cornstarch, until combined.

  4. To the same skillet, over high heat, add the remaining tablespoon of oil. Once the oil is glistening, add the bell pepper and pineapple. Cook, stirring until the pineapple begins to soften and release some of its juices, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic, white and light green parts of the onions and cook until fragrant, 1 minute.

  5. Return the pork and any collected juices to the skillet. Pour in the soy sauce mixture, bring to a boil, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens, about 2 minutes.

  6. Remove the pan from the heat. Garnish with the remaining green onions, avocado, sesame seeds and desired amount of sriracha, if using. Serve on its own, or over coconut rice if using.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories404
  • Protein35 g
  • Carbohydrates43 g
  • Total Fat12 g
  • Dietary Fiber6 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg
  • sodium1731 mg
  • Total Sugars17 g

Pineapple Pork Stir-Fry with Peppers

Questions & Reviews

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  • Betty

    How many people will this serve?

    This recipe serves 6. Hope you enjoy Betty!

  • Malia

    Can i used canned pineapple?

    Sure! Just make sure you drain it.

  • Ellen

    Should the garlic be chopped or minced? Assuming yes?

    Yes, the garlic is minced.

  • Mary

    Awesome…I had smaller pork so could have reduced everything else but even then, it was awesome!

    Thanks Mary, we are so happy you loved it!

  • Al

    This was a hit for dinner tonight! Just a couple of slight changes/additions.
    I added some baking soda and corn starch with soy sauce to the pork loin to tenderize for an hour before cooking. I added a squeeze of Ketchup at the end before serving to make a little more saucy and to give it that added flavor. Bullseye 🎯

    Thanks Al, we are so glad you loved it!

  • Rik

    So tasty and so easy to make! Loved this recipe and so did my wife

    Thanks Rik, we are so happy you both loved it!

  • Anna

    This was amazing!!! Did not use honey as trying to follow Whole 30!!!! Served with cauliflower rice and so delicious!!! Will be making again!!!

    Thanks Anna, so glad you enjoyed it!

  • David

    I’ve made this wonderful dish so many times! We call it the 3 P stir fry..Pork, Pineapple and Peppers. We use House of Tsang Szechuan Spicy sauce to finish and thicken before serving!

    Thanks David, we are so happy you love it!