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Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

This Homemade Sweet and Sour Sauce is the perfect addition to your favorite dishes! This delectable sauce is made with a blend of sweet and sour flavors, and is perfect for dipping, cooking, or as a condiment. With its unique flavor, it is sure to become a family favorite!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: sauce
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: sweet and sour sauce
Servings: 16 servings
Author: Jill


  • 8 ounces crushed pineapple about ¾ cup, no need to drain juice
  • ¼ cup maraschino cherries with a splash of cherry juice, stems removed
  • 2 tablespoons grape jelly
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chinese 5 spice powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon red food coloring optional
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  • In a blender, add the crushed pineapple, maraschino cherries with the splash of juice, grape jelly, hoisin sauce, chinese 5 spice powder, salt, and red food coloring. Blend until well combined.
  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar and apple cider vinegar and cook until sugar is dissolved, stirring often.
  • Add the blender mixture into the saucepan with the vinegar and simmer over low heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the cornstarch and stir until the cornstarch is dissolved (this will help thicken the sauce). Let simmer for another 2-3 more minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let cool for at least 5 minutes before serving. Sauce will thicken more as it cools.