Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Best Ever Sweet and Sour Sauce in 15 Minutes

The Best Ever Sweet and Sour Sauce with more flavor than you can wrap your mouth around.  This simple recipe is ready in just 15 minutes. What more could you ask for?

The Best Ever Sweet and Sour Sauce with more flavor than you can wrap your mouth around.  This simple recipe is ready in just 15 minutes. What more could you ask for?

 The last night we had this sauce with meatballs, it looked something like this...  Dinner starts and about 5 minutes later you look around the table and see plates where you should see faces.  Chadstarted the whole thing, but now Munchkin has joined in the excitement.  Plate lickin' good.  We are fancy like that!  You know its good when the family gives that kind of reaction!  

Chad described this incredible sweet and sour sauce as "liquid gold".  It has
a depth of flavor that most sauces miss out on.  The addition of pineapple juice and brown sugar add even more layers to the dimension of this sweet and sour sauce.  We use this sauce on so many different recipes.  You are going to love it.


With love from our simple kitchen to yours. 


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The Best Ever Simple Sweet and Sour Sauce
makes about 4 cups

¼ cup corn starch
¼ cup water
6 ounces pineapple juice
6 ounces water
½ cup brown sugar, packed
½ cup granulated sugar
¾ cups apple cider vinegar
½ cup ketchup
1 tablespoon soy sauce

In a small bowl whisk ¼ cup corn starch and ¼ cup water until combined. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan, over medium high heat, combine remaining ingredients. Whisk to combine.  Bring sauce to a boil, cook for one minute.  Add corn starch mixture and cook until thick and shiny, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.   Set aside until ready to use.

Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
Copyright ©2012 The Slow Roasted Italian – All rights reserved.

Originally published 10/29/12


  1. I am so going to make this sauce. It is just the matter of my memory, whether i remember to buy pineapple juice next time I am in the store.

  2. I'm thinking this would be great with grilled chicken!

  3. Also yummy to use (can)mandarin oranges (juice for liquid)& fruit for topping~combo btween sweet sour sauce & orange sauce

    1. That sounds amazing. I will try that next time I make the sauce. Thanks for the tip! XOXO Donna

  4. The exact same recipe taught to me in California, by a friend's wife, who was Philippino, and when I made it for her, she said it was better than her mothers. This has been my "go to" sweet and sour for 30 years, and my family and extended family, all love it and beg me to make it.

  5. I made this tonight & put it over meatballs. My husband cleaned his plate & grabbed a piece of bread to get every drop. He said this sauce is better than his favorite Chinese restaurant's. I made a double batch so he has some for tomorrow. Thanks!

  6. I tried this tonight and it was delicious. I stir fryed some chicken and veggies then topped with this sauce. My question is can you, or have you tried to freeze? It really makes a lot and would like to save for another use.

  7. We have family allergy to pineapple so sweet and sour sauces are hard to there a sub to this you suggest for the pineapple juice??

    1. I am not sure, but I would think even tho it would be a somewhat different taste overall. I would try using mango juice for the replacement of pineapple.

  8. u can freeze homemade sauce for long periods (i have and it comes out fine).. u can substitute any fruit juice if ur allergie.. be creative.. use orange juice or peach, apricot or maybe apple or cranberry.. i've never tried this recipe.. sounds like a lot of cider to use! i usually use about 3 tablespoons of rice vinegar.. your main ingredients are sugar, water, vinegar, fruit juice of some kind, soy sauce, then corn starch as a thickening agent and some recipes use ketchup or not.. try grinding up chopped onions, pineapples and green pepper in it for variety too.


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