The Best Sweet and Sour Sauce, only 5 ingredients and ready in minutes!
Anyone else a huge sweet and sour sauce fan? You need to try this recipe!
Easy Sweet and Sour Sauce
Sweet and sour sauce is something you need in your recipe arsenal. Not only is it delicious, it is very versatile and you can use it many different ways!
How about a fun appetizer of sweet and sour glazed meatballs, perfect for game day!
Sweet and sour chicken is obviously a huge staple at your local Chinese Restaurant and this is definitely the perfect copycat!
Sweet and tangy and thickened with a cornstarch slurry, you will totally impress your guests with this one!
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How to make Sweet and Sour Sauce:
In a small saucepot, heat the vinegar, water, and sugar.
Whisk continuously until sugar is melted then in add the ketchup.
Mix the cornstarch and water together to form a slurry in a small bowl.
Bring vinegar mixture to a slow boil. Pour in the cornstarch slurry slowly while continuously whisking to make sure there are no lumps.
Stir until thickened, about 30 seconds. Take off the heat.
This homemade sweet and sour sauce is so delicious, you’ll wonder why you didn’t make it sooner!
A little note of warning. This is a sauce made with a lot of sugar, when it gets hot, melted sugar will burn you worse than regular liquid.
While stirring this sauce and it is boiling, be extremely careful. If the sauce seems like it is boiling too hard and it starts to “pop” from boiling, take it off the heat until it cools slightly.
Better to be safe!
Is sweet and sour sauce gluten free?
This recipe uses no flour or gluten in it! The thickener is cornstarch.
How to thicken sweet and sour sauce?
Use a cornstarch slurry to thicken the sauce plus a little time boiling.
Sweet and Sour Recipe Alternatives and Add-Ons:
This is a super simple sauce with only five ingredients. You can still make it your own by adding a few things!
A few dashes of hot sauce or sriracha would be SO good. Or, even some sweet chili paste would go wonderfully in this sauce.
Or, even a pinch of chili flakes or star anise would be good too! Add a dash of Chinese 5 spice for an unexpected twist.
More yummy Asian inspired sauce recipes:
- Asian Steak Skewers
- Asian Marinated Grilled Shrimp Skewers
- Beef and Broccoli
- Garlic Sauce – Stir Fried Lotus Root
- Spicy Teriyaki – Instant Pot Chicken Thighs
- Sesame Almond Butter Sauce – Noodles
A Sweet Sour Sauce perfect for dipping!
Tools used for to make Sweet and Sour Sauce:
Sweet and Sour Sauce
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup white vinegar
- 2/3 cup water
- 2 1/2 tablespoons ketchup
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons water
- In a small saucepot, add the sugar, vinegar, and water. Place over medium heat, whisking constantly until sugar is melted. Add the ketchup whisk to combine.
- In a small bowl, mix together the cornstarch and water to make a slurry. Bring the vinegar mixture to a slow boil, slowly stream in the cornstarch slurry while whisking constantly. Cook until thickened, about 30 seconds. Serve.