Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

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
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $2
Servings: 1 1/2 cups


  • 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


  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.