This super Easy Sweet and Sour Sauce is made in just minutes! Perfectly smooth and flavorful, it’s ready to serve for dipping or when making a quick sweet and sour chicken for dinner.
Easy Sweet and Sour Sauce
Next time you need an easy sweet and sour sauce for a recipe, dinner, or sauce for dipping, there’s no need to open a bottle because it’s incredibly quick to make it yourself. This is a quick version of our more authentic Sweet and Sour Sauce recipe. We dipped egg rolls in the sauce and it made the snack absolutely perfect!
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Here’s what you’ll need to make the sauce (the exact measurements and full recipe instructions are below in the easy-to-print recipe card):
Pineapple juice – be sure to use 100% pineapple juice and not a juice blend.
Brown sugar – we used light brown sugar, but dark would work as well.
Ketchup – any brand of ketchup you like should do well in this recipe.
Soy sauce – to lower the salt in the sauce, you can use reduced-sodium soy sauce.
White vinegar – the vinegar adds just the right acidity to the flavor of the sauce.
Corn starch – the corn starch will thicken the sauce to the right consistency.
Water – we used tap water to mix with the corn starch before adding it to the sauce.
How to Make Easy Sweet and Sour Sauce
In a large saucepan, combine the pineapple juice, brown sugar, ketchup, soy sauce, and white vinegar.
Bring the sauce to a simmer over medium heat, stirring often, until the sugar is dissolved.
In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and water. Slowly pour the mixture into the sauce, whisking constantly until fully incorporated.
Reduce the heat to low and cook the sauce for 1-3 minutes until thickened, whisking often. Remove from the heat and serve hot.
Marinade – cool the sauce and then use as a marinade for chicken or shrimp.
Dipping sauce – serve warm for dipping egg rolls, spring rolls, shrimp, veggies, and more.
Sweet and Sour Chicken or Shrimp – toss fried chicken (we use frozen chicken nuggets) or shrimp in the sauce and serve over steamed rice.
How to Store Sweet and Sour Sauce
Keep the sauce in an airtight food storage container or a jar with a lid. Refrigerate for up to one week.
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Easy Sweet and Sour Sauce
- 1 cup 100% pineapple juice
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons ketchup
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons corn starch
- 2 tablespoons water
- In a large saucepan, combine the pineapple juice, brown sugar, ketchup, soy sauce, and white vinegar.
- Bring the sauce to a simmer over medium heat, stirring often, until the sugar is dissolved.
- In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and water. Slowly pour the mixture into the sauce, whisking constantly until fully incorporated.
- Reduce the heat to low and cook the sauce for 1-3 minutes until thickened, whisking often.
- Remove from the heat and serve hot.