Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipes

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If you are a fan of the sweet and sour sauce you get at your local Chinese restaurant try making your own version at home. This page contains sweet and sour sauce recipes.


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  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice


Combine all ingredients in large saucepan. Stir constantly till mixture comes to a boil and thickens.

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August 14, 2010

Can you make sweet and sour sauce without soy sauce?

By Robin from Sheboygan, WI


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I make homemade egg rolls, and usually use soy sauce in my sauce, but I am sure it could be left out.


One that my husband really likes is some pineapple juice (or any type that you have on hand), seasoned rice vinegar, and brown sugar, with a little corn starch added to thicken.
I never measure these, and just add them to a small sauce pan to taste, then cook down till thickened enough.

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August 14, 2010

How do I make the sauce for sweet and sour chicken?

By Caroline from Johns Island, SC


Need a Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

If you are looking for the type that you get in a Chinese restaurant, I have yet to find a recipe that is like it. I finally found a container at Smart and Final that is really good.


There are a lot of recipes on the internet, try Recipezaar.com, they have just about anything you can think of! (01/19/2010)

By Michawn

Need a Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

Three of my favorites, all are great for dipping as well as stir frys.

Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce


  • 1/4 cup peach preserves
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 5 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. Combine all ingredients except the water in a food processor or a blender and puree until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Pour mixture into a small saucepan over medium heat. Add water, stir, and bring mixture to a boil. Allow it to boil for five minutes, stirring often. When the sauce has thickened, remove it from the heat and let it cool. Store sauce in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Makes about 3/4 cup.

Sweet and Sour

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup orange-pineapple juice from concentrate
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Combine the brown sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan. Stir in the vinegar, juice, and soy sauce. Add the ginger and garlic powder. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it is thick and bubbling. Set aside to cool.

Good luck.

Jan, : ) BD



Need a Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

PS: Adding a drop of red food coloring adds the color to your sauces. (01/19/2010)


Need a Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

Here is a good sauce that I use on chicken pieces. It's darker than the sauce you have at the Chinese restaurant or buy at the store. The name of the recipe is Japanese chicken.



  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 3 tsp of prepared mustard
  • 3/4 cup of vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/3 cup of ketchup
  • dash of soya sauce
  • one whole chicken cut in pieces


Cut up roasting chicken and place in baking dish. Combine sauce ingredients in bowl and pour over chicken. Cover and cook chicken at 350 degrees F for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes or until meat falls of the bone. (01/19/2010)

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January 18, 2010

I need a recipe for sweet and sour sauce.



Need a Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

This one looks pretty good.

Sweet and Sour Sauce

Mix all together and cook over medium heat until thickened. May be prepared in microwave in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave about 4-1/2 minutes on high or until thick, stirring every minute.

My family loves this sweet and sour recipe. It might be possible to adapt it by substituting cherry juice for part of the pineapple juice. We like it with chicken nuggets, or the meatballs from Sam's Club. When I make the meatballs, I open a can of pineapple chunks, drain the juice to make the sauce, and then add the chunks to the sauce after it thickens. It's really good served over rice.

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By Joe

Need a Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

A very simple, but tasty sweet and sour sauce is to combine one bottle of chili sauce to 1 small jar of grape jelly. Heat over medium low heat until melted and use as desired. (04/28/2004)

By Sandi

Need a Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

I just received this recipe from a friend. I didn't try it, but it is a recipe from Emeril Lagasse.

Sweet and Sour Sauce

Combine all ingredients in small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Cool.

Makes about 1-1/2 cups (4 servings).


By "Mike"

Need a Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

Take one jar pineapple/apricot preserves and mix with white vinegar, just slightly to taste. Mix in a blender so preserves aren't chunky anymore. That's it. If you can't find combined preserves, just get apricot and pineapple and blend them 1/2 and 1/2. Otherwise just apricot with the vinegar. (05/01/2004)

By Lynn Thomas

Need a Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

Put corn starch into a bowl and add about 3/4 cup of water and stir until it is well-mixed and smooth. Set to the side.

Pour pineapple juice into a large sauce pan and heat. While heating, pour in vinegar, sugar, salt and just a tad bit of garlic powder. Continue heating, stirring constantly. Once it reaches a light boil, stir cornstarch and water mixture in the bowl again to remix the starch that has settled to the bottom. Pour this mixture into your sauce and continue stirring over medium low heat until it thickens and starts to look clearer. It won't be completely clear, because of the pineapple juice. If you want, you can add red food coloring to give it that nice dark pink color of sauces found in most Chinese restaurants.

This makes a very large batch of sauce, but the beautiful thing about it is, it can be put into small Ziplock bags and frozen for future use. It makes a wonderful glaze for baked or grilled chicken, is great with just about any kind of vegetables and meat over rice and such. This is just a really good, all-around sweet and sour sauce.

You can even add a couple of cups of orange juice to the sauce for a different kick, but this will thin the sauce, and may require you to add more corn starch. (08/27/2004)

By LRARPhotographer

Need a Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

Just made one using the most random recipe (because we had no cornstarch!):

Chuck all the ingredients into a saucepan and bring gently to the boil. No real quantities for those ingredients, just try and balance it. We were surprised how nice it turned out. (11/25/2007)

By Laura

Need a Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

1/2 cup mustard to 1/4 cup grape jelly. (02/07/2009)

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