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Sweet and Sour Sauce

Simple and delicious homemade Chinese sweet and sour sauce is great to serve as a dipping sauce or make a sweet and sour pork dish. This Chinese sweet and sour sauce recipe has a few ingredients and it takes around 10 minutes!
Course sauce
Cuisine American, Asian, Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 94kcal
Author Tracy O.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup 100% pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons Soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Vinegar
  • ¾ cup Brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Ketchup
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

THICKEN SAUCE:

  • 2 tablespoons  Corn starch (For dipping sauce use 2 tablespoons, for sweet and sour pork dish use 3 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons  Water

Instructions

  • Pour 1 cup of 100% pineapple juice into the pot. 
  • After, put ¾ cup of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of vinegar, 3 tablespoons of ketchup, ¼ teaspoon of salt. Stir and mix it well.
  • Then, turn on small and low fire. Let it simmer for a few minutes until the sugar is melted. 
  • In a small container, add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, 2 tablespoons of water and mix it well. (For dipping sauce, I like to use 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. However, when I make a sweet and sour pork dish, I like the sauce thicker. Therefore, I use 3 tablespoons of cornstarch to thicken the sauce.)
  • Next, slowly pour the cornstarch mixture into the sauce and keep stirring when pouring the mixture until the sauce is thickened.

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Notes

Cooking tips for how to make Chinese sweet and sour sauce:

  • I use 100% pineapple juice. Different brands of pineapple juice may taste slightly different, thus you can add more sugar if needed.
  • Add brown sugar, vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce, salt and pineapple juice. Then, stir it very well. Turn on low and small fire. Keep stirring until the sugar melts. 
  • After that, in a small container mix cornstarch and water well. You can adjust the cornstarch mixture depending on how thick you want the sweet and sour sauce to be. (I like to use 2 tablespoons of cornstarch when I use the sauce as dipping sauce. However, when I make a sweet and sour pork dish, I like the sauce thicker. Therefore, I use 3 tablespoons of cornstarch to thicken the sauce.)

Nutrition

Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 306mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 24IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg