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pork chops in sweet and sour sauce with olives and figs

Sweet and Sour Pork Chops

These sweet and sour pork chops are marinated in plum sauce, soy sauce, honey and gin for extra flavour and tenderness, then cooked in delicious sauce.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian fusion
Keyword: pork loin steak recipe, sweet and sour pork, sweet and sour pork chops
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Marinating Time: 12 hours
Servings: 4
Calories: 511.82kcal


For the sweet and sour pork marinade

  • 80ml1/3cup plum sauce or blackcurrant preserves
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp herb and garlic seasoning (combined)
  • 80ml/1/3cup gin or rice wine
  • 4 pork chops/pork loin steaks

For the sweet and sour pork sauce

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 tsp dried
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 125ml/1/2cup double cream/heavy cream
  • 45g/1/4 cup green olives, sliced
  • 2-3 fresh figs, quartered
  • salt to taste


For the sweet and sour pork marinade

  • In a small bowl mix together the plum sauce, soy sauce, honey, herb and garlic seasoning and gin or rice wine, pour over the pork chops and marinade overnight in a refrigerator in an airtight container or a ziplock bag.

For the sweet and sour pork chops in sauce

  • Take the pork chops out of the marinade and pat them dry with a paper towel. Reserve the marinade for later. Sear the pork chops in butter over medium/high heat for approximately 2 minutes on each side. Remove to a plate.
  • Reduce the heat to low and add the garlic and saute for half a minute, then add the reserved marinade, thyme leaves, Dijon mustard and bring the sauce to a boil. Add the pork chops back to the pan together with sliced green olives and let them simmer in the sauce over low heat until the sauce reduces and becomes thick and syrupy for approximately 15 minutes. Take the pan off the heat and stir in cream, then add the fresh figs to the sauce and serve.


  • Rice wine or dry sherry could be used in place of gin. 
  • Use 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar plus apple juice if you want to avoid alcohol. 
  • Blackcurrant preserves could be used instead of plum sauce


Calories: 511.82kcal | Carbohydrates: 31.17g | Protein: 33.57g | Fat: 23.59g | Saturated Fat: 12.67g | Cholesterol: 146.3mg | Sodium: 1388.19mg | Potassium: 730.05mg | Fiber: 2.41g | Sugar: 17.52g | Vitamin A: 768.64IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 87.18mg | Iron: 2.55mg