Sweet & Sour Pork with a Sesame Crust


You'll recognize the flavors of sesame, soy and white pepper from the beloved restaurant dish that inspired this recipe for sweet and sour (boneless) pork chops. White pepper is more mild and earthy than black pepper, but either will work here.

Sweet & Sour Pork with a Sesame Crust
Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
4 servings


  • 1 pound thin, boneless pork chops, trimmed

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper

  • ½ cup sesame seeds

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil

  • 3 tablespoons apricot jam

  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium tamari or reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • Sliced scallions for garnish


  1. Sprinkle pork with salt and white pepper. Place sesame seeds in a shallow dish and dredge the pork in them, pressing to help them adhere.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork and cook, turning once, until browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 145 degrees F, 6 to 8 minutes total.

  3. Meanwhile, combine jam and tamari (or soy sauce) in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and cook until darkened and slightly thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve the pork with the sauce, garnished with scallions, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

415 Calories
28g Fat
13g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 3 oz. pork & 1 Tbsp. sauce
Calories 415
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 9g
Added Sugars 9g 18%
Protein 29g 58%
Total Fat 28g 35%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Vitamin A 18IU 0%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Sodium 607mg 26%
Calcium 66mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 23mg 5%
Potassium 332mg 7%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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