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Sweet and Sour Sausage

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This sweet and sour sausage dinner recipe has meat and veggies and can be cooked all in one frying pan. So easy to prep and dinner is served in under 30 minutes – perfect for busy weeknights.

sweet and sour sausage recipe in frying pan with rice in bowl and plates in background

Sweet and Sour Sausage

I’m a big fan of easy weeknight dinners and this one doesn’t disappoint:

  • Only one frying pan is needed to make the recipe. Fewer dishes is always a good thing!
  • The whole dish comes together in about 30 minutes – I love a fast and convenient meal!
  • The sweet and sour flavor is usually a hit with the entire family. (You might also like my slow cooker pineapple orange chicken recipe.)
sweet and sour sausage recipe in frying pan with rice in bowl and plates in background

What Kind Of Sausage Should I Use?

You will need uncooked sausage for this recipe. I used mild Italian sausage. Other options include hot, sweet, garlic, bratwurst, chorizo, turkey sausage, and chicken sausage.

Basically, any kind of sausage that your family normally enjoys will work here, as long as it’s an uncooked sausage.

ingredients in small bowls: raw sausage, shredded carrot, pineapple chunks, soy sauce, ginger powder, and chopped yellow onion

Sweet and Sour Sausage Ingredients

  • SAUSAGE: You can use an uncooked sausage of your choice here.
  • SHREDDED CARROTS: Never shredded carrots before? You can easily do it using your cheese grater. First, peel the outside of the carrots, then grate them the same way you would cheese.
  • CANNED PINEAPPLE CHUNKS: You’ll be using the pineapple chunks and the pineapple juice for this recipe. So be sure to save it when you drain the pineapple.
  • YELLOW ONION: The onion can be cut into chunks for this recipe. No need to dice it small.
  • SOY SAUCE: I always prefer tamari sauce or low sodium soy sauce for my recipes. If you want a healthier option, coconut aminos would be a great option.
  • GINGER POWDER: This will give the recipe a kick!
  • CORNSTARCH: Used to help thicken the sweet and sour sauce.

Tips For Perfect Sweet and Sour Sausage

  • Don’t overcook the sausage. This can be easy to do if you cook it too long before adding all the other ingredients. The sausage just needs to start browning on the sides first, then start adding the vegetables.
  • For best results, make sure you cut each sausage slice evenly so that they cook at the same rate.
  • Save time by using kitchen scissors to slice up your sausage. This makes the job fast and you’ll keep the shape of the sausage.
sweet and sour sausage with brown rice in two white dishes. Glass of water in background.

Leftovers

  • Sweet and sour sausage tastes great as leftovers. Store them in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge.
  • Add leftovers to a wrap for a quick and easy lunch idea!

Dinner In Under 30 Minutes Recipes:

Sweet and Sour Sausage

This sweet and sour sausage dinner recipe has meat and veggies and can be cooked all in one frying pan. So easy to prep and dinner is served in under 30 minutes – perfect for busy weeknights.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 402kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 package of sausage
  • ½ yellow onion - chopped
  • 2 carrots, shredded - (about 1 cup)
  • 1 can of pineapple chunks - (approx 400 ml)
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ¾ cup pineapple juice - (from canned pineapple)
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • cooked rice - to serve

Instructions

  • Using a rice cooker, cook enough rice for your family. Set aside.
  • Open can of pineapple and drain, saving the juice for the recipe.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the cornstarch and ginger. Add in 3/4 cup of pineapple juice, and soy sauce. Whisk until smoooth. Set aside.
    white bowl with brown sauce and metal whisk inside
  • Using kitchen scissors (or a sharp knife), slice the sausage into bite-size pieces
  • Add oil to a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add in sliced sausage and cook until the sides brown, about 3-5 minutes.
    chopped sausage in a black skillet with wooden spoon
  • Add in chopped onions and shredded carrots. Mix together.
    sausage, shredded carrot and pineapple in black skillet
  • Pour in the sauce and bring mixture to a gentle boil, lower heat to let simmer for 2-3 minutes or until sauce has thickened.
    sausage, carrots, pineapple in a sauce in black skillet with wood spoon
  • Remove frying pan from heat and serve on plates with cooked rice.
    two white plates of rice and sweet and sour sausage recipe with forks. Parsley in small bowl and glass of water to the side.

Nutrition

Serving: 4gCalories: 402kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 19gFat: 30gSodium: 1248mgPotassium: 487mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gCalcium: 32mgIron: 2mg

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