Our Most Popular Recipe Last Week Is the Perfect Dinner to Usher in Spring

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Colorful cooking, here we come.


Have the warm soups of winter been dulling your taste buds? Same here.

It’s about time for a dinner refresh, so it’s no wonder that last week, on the cusp of spring, this bright and flavorful dinner was the top recipe on our site.

Bursting with vibrant veggies and glazed with a rich sweet-and-sour sauce, this Sweet and Sour Pork Stir Fry needs to be one of the first dishes to hit your table this month. Start to finish, it only takes 30 minutes, because we know that once the sun starts peaking out, the last thing you want to do is spend sunny spring days in the kitchen.

This no-fuss meal is ready in just four steps, and the only prep needed is a bit of rough chopping. It’s loaded with all the colors of the food rainbow, from crisp green broccoli to vibrant yellow, orange, and red bell peppers. The pan-fried veggies stay beautifully bright and crisp-tender, even after they’re tossed in the sticky sauce.

Pork is the perfect protein for this dish, and chopping it into cubes before cooking ensures a tender, well-seasoned bite in every forkful. However, the real star of the show is the caramelized pineapple, which gets a delicious golden char in the wok and gives the rest of the ingredients a uniquely sweet and acidic flavoring.

“The pork and pineapple are a perfect pair and create a very flavorful meal,” notes recipe creator CookingWithShelia.

If you don’t have a ready-made sauce on hand, whip one up in no time with this easy sweet-and-sour sauce recipe. It’s as simple as stirring together ketchup, sugar, soy sauce, and vinegar in a saucepan, and you’ll have a thick, tart glaze that can transform any dish.

Don’t forget to serve it over a bed of rice—the soft, fluffy grains will soak up every flavor on the plate, making sure no sauce is left behind.

Allrecipes community member, JckCasE writes, “Simple and tasty, I wouldn’t change a thing!” while another reviewer adds, “Colorful and delicious! This recipe is easy and has wonderful flavors.”

Need more spring cooking inspiration? All you need is a skillet to make these quick and simple spring dinners, featuring the full range of spring's bounty.