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Homemade Sweet and Sour Sauce

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 59kcal
This Sweet and Sour Sauce recipe goes along with one of my favorite Chinese-American dishes: sweet and sour chicken! This homemade sweet and sour sauce is so tangy and tasty. I love slathering this sauce all over chicken, pork, or rice and vegetables. You can't go wrong!
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  • ¾ cup 6 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup white or rice vinegar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red peppers red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • Serve with Sweet and Sour Chicken! (Click for Recipe)


  • Mix together pineapple juice, water, vinegar, sugar, ketchup, pepper flakes, salt and soy sauce in a medium saucepan. Set the pan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
  • Set heat to low and simmer until the sauce reduces to 1¼ cups, approximately 6-8 minutes.
  • Stir together cornstarch and water, whisk it into the sauce and cook 1 minute or until the sauce has thickened. Transfer sauce to a heatproof dish.
  • If not using immediately, allow the sauce to cool to room temperature and then refrigerate, in an airtight container, until ready to use.
  • Sweet and Sour Sauce will keep up to two weeks.



Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 59kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 44mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.2mg