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Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

Learn how to make this homemade sweet and sour sauce. Sauce is definitely restaurant quality. Serve it over chicken or as a dip for spring rolls.

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This homemade sweet and sour sauce is definitely restaurant quality. My brother-in-law, Roman discovered it on Recipezaar.com. The chicken recipe there is quite good as well; “Chinese-style chicken balls with sweet and sour sauce.” I used this sauce on my Shrimp Spring Rolls.

Ingredients for Sweet and Sour Sauce:

1/2 cup ketchup
1 tsp soy sauce
1/3 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar,packed (can reduce to 1/3 cup)
1 cup white sugar (for less sweet taste, reduce a few tablespoons)
3/4 cup cold water (or half pineapple juice and half water) I used pineapple juice and it turned out great
4 to 5 Tbsp cornstarch (5 makes a pretty thick sauce)

How to Make Sweet and Sour Sauce:

In a saucepan, combine 1/2 cup ketchup, 1 tsp soy sauce, 1/3 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1 cup white sugar until combined.

In a separate cup, whisk 3/4 cup cold water (or pineapple juice) with 4 Tbsp cornstarch until well blended. Whisk vigorously into the ketchup mixture. Bring to a boil while whisking until bubbly, then reduce heat to low and simmer until thickened, remove from heat. Keep in mind, the sauce will get thicker when cooled.

Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Learn how to make this homemade sweet and sour sauce. Sauce is definitely restaurant quality. Serve it over chicken or as a dip for spring rolls.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $2
Servings: 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed (can reduce to 1/3 cup)
  • 1 cup white sugar for less sweet taste, reduce a few Tbsp
  • 3/4 cup cold water or half pineapple juice and half water
  • I used pineapple juice and it turned out great
  • 4 to 5 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 5 makes a pretty thick sauce

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, combine 1/2 cup ketchup, 1 tsp soy sauce, 1/3 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1 cup white sugar until combined.
  2. In a separate cup, whisk 3/4 cup cold water (or pineapple juice) with 4 Tbsp cornstarch until well blended. Whisk vigorously into the ketchup mixture. Bring to a boil while whisking until bubbly, then reduce heat to low and simmer until thickened, remove from heat. Keep in mind, the sauce will get thicker when cooled.

 

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  • Ed Matthews
    January 31, 2019

    I am just curious about how THICK this sauce will turn out when I make some. Most recipes use about 2 tblsp of corn starch.
    Can you compare this sauce as thick as most BBQ sauces? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 31, 2019

      Hi Ed, We make it with 4 to 5 Tbsp of cornstarch (5 makes a pretty thick sauce). If you’d prefer it thicker I would recommend the 5 or more Tbsp. Reply

      • January 31, 2019

        Sweet and Sour sauce is fairly “runny” but NOT thin. I’m going to use 2 tablespoons and let ya know how it turns out.

        Semper Fi 1966- Reply

  • Jenn Burfield
    June 18, 2017

    I have a corn allergy. Do you think i could substitute corn starch for something like potato starch? Or if not is there any idea’s so i may try this recipe. Any advice would be appreciated. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 19, 2017

      Hi Jenn, I haven’t tried it that way but I imagine that should work well with potato starch. Reply

  • Fern
    March 24, 2017

    Is there any way of getting the amount of calories in this recipe? My husband and I both love this recipe but I am counting calories and this one was hard to figure out. thanks! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 25, 2017

      Due to time constraints, I don’t typically include nutritional info, but check out this nutrition analyzer – you can plug in the ingredients from any recipe, select the serving size and it will give you nutritional info, calories, etc. I hope that is helpful to you! Reply

  • September 3, 2016

    i just made this and to be honest ……its soooo DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!! in making bacon raped matz sticks and this will go amazing with those (i hope <___< ) thank u i tastes so good Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 3, 2016

      I’m so happy you liked it!! This was one of the first recipes I posted (back in Dec 2009) and I completely forgot about it! 🙂 Thanks for the reminder 😉 Reply

  • Anna Hobbs
    May 8, 2015

    I tried this at home and it really blends well on frying as a sauce. Thanks for sharing keep posting!
     Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 8, 2015

      Thanks for sharing that Anna! What kind of recipe have you tried this with? Reply

  • Tanya M
    December 11, 2009

    I should try this. I always buy a bottle of it and it expires on me every time. Reply

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