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Sweet and Sour Sauce

User Rating 4 Star Rating (57 Reviews)


Chinese sweet and sour chicken with rice
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A quick and easy recipe that can be poured over a dish or used as a dipping sauce. A recipe for sweet and sour sauce using black rice vinegar can be found here.

Yields about 1/2 cup

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1/3 cup white or rice vinegar (Note: rice vinegar gives better results)
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch mixed with 4 teaspoons water


Mix the vinegar, brown sugar, ketchup, and soy sauce together and bring to a boil in a small pot. Mix together the cornstarch and water, add to the other ingredients and stir to thicken.

(If desired, you can add 1 green pepper, cut into chunks, and pineapple chunks as desired after adding the cornstarch. For a thicker sauce, increase the cornstarch to 4 teaspoons while keeping the water constant.)

Reader Comments:
You have probably heard this before but I tried your sweet and sour sauce using rice vinegar, and absolutely love it. My daughter is allergic to some red food colourings so we generally avoid sweet and sour.  (Your recipe) was soooo good I decided to make a second batch ; unfortunately I was now out of rice vinegar. Well...white vinegar just doesn't cut it girl !!!  I am now going to make sure there is rice vinegar at all times in my pantry. From Lynn

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 5 out of 5
sweet and sour sauce, Member babushki

This was so good and easy. I used left over pork tenderloin cut into chunks with all kinds of veggies: water chestnuts, celery, carrots green and red pepper,onions and snow peas. Amazing. It was soooooo good and easy. I like the easy. And especially liked the little bite it had and added some garlic powder for just a tad more

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