Panda Express Sweet and Sour Sauce – a homemade sweet and sour sauce that tastes just like the classic Chinese takeout dipping sauce you know that is bright red in color, sweet, and acidic.
Sweet and Sour Sauce
Panda Express Sweet and Sour Sauce is a quick recipe you’ll want to keep on hand for your favorite Chinese appetizers or even for a quick awesome appetizer on its own (block of cream cheese, sweet and sour sauce and wonton strips for dipping…you’ll thank me later).
How to Use Your Homemade Sweet and Sour Sauce
Today’s recipe is just a quick one, I’m still enjoying the mini vacation from my amazing Mother’s Day weekend. But even though this easy sweet and sour sauce recipe is short and quick, it is still totally versatile!
- The appetizer recipe above makes for a fun option. I sometimes will fry wonton wrappers I’ve cut in half into triangles so they’re a bit bigger and able to scoop more of the cream cheese (which needs to be softened before serving).
- Add a bit of soy sauce (2 tablespoons) and sesame oil (2 teaspoons) and use in a stir-fry.
- Use for Sweet and Sour Chicken or Pork.
- Make it spicy with a bit of Chili Sauce.
Other Panda Express copycat recipes on the blog
- Panda Express Orange Chicken
- Panda Express Mushroom Chicken
- Panda Express Firecracker Chicken Breast
- Panda Express Chow Mein
- Panda Express Fried Rice
- Panda Express Black Pepper Chicken
- Panda Express Kung Pao Chicken
- Panda Express Beijing Beef
- Panda Express Mandarin Teriyaki Chicken
- Panda Express Sweet and Sour Sauce (you’re here!)
- Panda Express String Bean Chicken Breast
- Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp
- Panda Express Cream Cheese Rangoon
- Panda Express Beef and Broccoli
- Panda Express Sweetfire Chicken Breast
Panda Express Sweet and Sour Sauce (Copycat)
- Yield: 8 servings
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Course: Sauce
- Cuisine: Chinese
- Author: Dinner, then Dessert
- 1 1/4 cups water, divided
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup corn starch
- red food coloring (optional, but for authentic color I had to add a few drops)
Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.
- Add 1 cup water, white vinegar and sugar to a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Add the cornstarch to the remaining 1/4 cup of water in a small bowl and whisk until the cornstarch is dissolved.
- Add the cornstarch slurry to the saucepan and whisk it all together.
Reduce to a simmer and cook until thickened, about 5-7 minutes.
Yield: 8 servings, Amount per serving: 114 calories, Calories: 114g, Carbohydrates: 28g, Sodium: 2mg, Sugar: 24g
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