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Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe


Orange juice and chopped ginger add an extra kick to this basic sweet and sour sauce recipe.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Yields about 1 cup


  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed in enough water to make a slurry
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable or peanut oil
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh ginger


1. In small bowl, combine cornstarch with water, stirring to dissolve cornstarch. Set aside. In separate bowl, stir together 2/3 cup water, vinegar, tomato paste, soy sauce, orange juice, salt, and sugar, until combined. (If needed, use a whisk to mix in the tomato paste).

2. In a saucepan, heat the oil on medium heat (about 6 on the dial). Add the minced ginger and cook for about 1 minute, stirring, until it is fragrant and starting to brown.

3. Add sauce and bring to a boil, whisking to dissolve sugar. Adjust heat down as needed. (Note: at this point if you want you can remove the pan from the heat and pour the sauce through a mesh strainer to remove the minced ginger, then return to stove top).

4. Re-stir cornstarch/water slurry. Turn up heat and pour the slurry into the sauce, stirring quickly to thicken. Serve immediately or store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Reheat before using.
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