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Easy Homemade Sweet and Sour Sauce

Add flavor to any meal, from fried chicken to cauliflower rice, with this Homemade Sweet and Sour Sauce recipe.

January 2, 2022
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Difficulty Easy
Servings 8 people
Preparation 3 mins
Cooking 5 mins
Total 8 mins



  1. Put the sugar, white vinegar, soy sauce, ketchup in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir the ingredients to combine.
  2. Sieve the cornstarch.
  3. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch with cold water and pineapple juice.
  4. Slowly whisk the cornstarch mixture into the sauce. Then cook for 1 minute or until the sauce thickens. Stir constantly until the mixture thickens.
  5. Let the sauce cool. Then serve or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Homemade Sweet and Sour Sauce
Serves 8
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Sodium 122 mg5.3%
Protein 0.2 g0.4%
Potassium 53 mg1.1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Add the cornstarch mixture to the sauce slowly. Strain the starch through a sieve first to avoid clumping.
  • You can use brown sugar instead of white sugar. You can use an equal amount if you wish.
  • Apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar can also be used instead of white vinegar in this recipe.
  • You can add some minced fresh ginger for a fresh flavor.
  • Use pineapple juice to give the sauce a tropical flavor. Do not use fresh pineapple juice. Fresh pineapple juice has too much acid in it and can spoil the taste of the sauce. Instead, buy ready-made pineapple juice of your choice.
  • If the sauce is too thick, you can gradually add more water.
  • If the sauce isn't thick enough, continue cooking until it thickens or add more starch.
  • You can change the sweet-sour balance of the sauce according to your own taste.
  • Check the taste of the sauce. Add more sugar or maple syrup for sweetness; add more vinegar for sourness.
  • You can use 2-3 drops of food coloring to make the sauce red.
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Sweet and Sour Sauce is one of the most popular sauces in Chinese cuisine. This versatile sauce is easy to prepare with just 5 ingredients. It adds flavor and aroma to meals with its sweet-sour balance.

If you like to try different dishes of Asian cuisine, try Vegan Sweet and Sour Sauce. This classic Asian sauce goes perfectly with Chinese dishes, especially. Whether you serve it over grilled chicken, seafood, or noodles. Enjoy this sauce as a dipping sauce if you prefer. Bon Appetit.

What's in Sweet and Sour Sauce?

Sweet and sour sauce is made with basic ingredients found in the kitchen. The recipe can be changed according to taste. Mainly used materials; white sugar/brown sugar, cornstarch, water, soy sauce, ketchup and vinegar.

Sugar: It is used to add sweetness to the sauce.

Vinegar: It adds sourness and acidity to the sauce.

Ketchup: It gives flavor and color to the sauce.

Soy Sauce: It gives flavor and sourness.

Water or Pineapple Juice: It gives flavor and texture to the sauce.

Cornstarch: It thickens the sauce.

How to Make Vegan Sweet and Sour Sauce?

This sweet and sour sauce recipe is vegan. However, you can use low-sodium tamari instead of soy sauce. You can choose maple syrup as sugar. You can use rice vinegar instead of white vinegar.

How to Make Gluten-Free Sweet and Sour Sauce?

To make this sweet and sour sauce recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free soy sauce instead of soy sauce. Also make sure the type of ketchup you buy is gluten-free.

To prepare the gluten-free sauce, add rice vinegar, brown sugar, ketchup, tamari and garlic to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. In a separate bowl, mix the cornstarch and water well. Then add the cornstarch mixture to the pot and stir until the sauce boils. Cook until the sauce thickens and becomes glossy. Use while the sauce is hot or let it cool. Serve as a dip or with a main course.

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How to Store Sweet and Sour Sauce?

This homemade sweet and sour sauce can be stored in a jar or airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Make sure the sauce has cooled completely before putting it in the refrigerator. You can also freeze this sauce for up to 3 months. Let the sauce thaw overnight in the refrigerator, warm it up on the stove before use.

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