Sweet and Sour Sauce

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Sweet and Sour Sauce is the classic tangy and sweet dipping sauce of Chinese takeout restaurants that has just six ingredients and in less than 10 minutes!

Make this with Crab Rangoon for dipping as an appetizer and this makes for an easy Chinese takeout meal at home! Pairs well with Orange Chicken and Chicken Lo Mein or Classic Chinese Chow Mein.

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How do I make a simple sweet and sour sauce?

This is a classic version of your favorite sauce. I also made a Panda Express Sweet and Sour Sauce if you’re looking for that distinct flavor. That sauce is based on a completely different recipe using white vinegar and plain sugar while this is sweet and sour pineapple juice recipe with brown sugar and rice vinegar as the base. Because of the white vinegar in the Panda Express version, the flavors in that recipe are much sharper than the flavors in this one.

How do you make Chinese sweet and sour sauce?

Sweet and Sour Sauce is as easy as bringing a few ingredients including pineapple juice, brown sugar, mirin and soy sauce to a boil before adding a cornstarch slurry to the mixture to thicken it. The classic red color from sweet and sour sauce comes from red food coloring (which is completely optional).

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How do you make sweet and sour sauce thicker?

A mixture of cornstarch and water is added to the pot of ingredients to thicken the sweet and sour sauce. If you are missing cornstarch, do not boil down the sauce before adding in the cornstarch mixture as it can become much too overpowering with the amount of sugar and vinegar in the sauce. Instead use arrowroot powder or if all else fails, a mixture of flour and water.

Can you use this sweet and sour sauce for chicken or pork?

YES, absolutely. I do have a Sweet and Sour Chicken on the blog but this recipe for the sauce would be a perfect swap for the sauce in the recipe. If you have tempura battered chicken or pork, all you have to do is quickly sauté some onion and bell pepper chunks with come pineapple chunks and toss it with this sauce.

Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce

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Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

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  • Yield: 1 Servings
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Course: Sauce
  • Cuisine: Chinese
Sweet and Sour Sauce is the classic tangy and sweet dipping sauce of Chinese takeout restaurants that has just six ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to make!

Ingredients

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Add the pineapple juice, light brown sugar, rice vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce and food coloring to a saucepan on medium heat.
  2. Stir well until it comes to a boil.
  3. Mix the water and cornstarch together and add it to the saucepan.

  4. Whisk well until the cornstarch is fully incorporated and the sauce has thickened.
  5. Allow to cool before serving.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 1 Servings, Amount per serving: calories

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    1. Best substitute is cider vinegar, if you have it. Other vinegars might be too strong as a substitute and may change up the flavor too much.