A sweet and sour sauce recipe is easy to make and requires just a few ingredients that are likely in your pantry already. Sweet and sour sauce is the perfect blend of sweet from pineapple juice and sour from vinegar that can be used as a dipping sauce for snacks or to add flavor to a main dish of chicken, beef, pork, or even fish. Sweet and sour sauce can be used as dressing on a crisp chilled Chinese salad with grilled chicken chunks, greens, Chinese noodles, sliced vegetables, and sliced almonds.
To make a basic sweet and sour sauce, you will need:
- 1/2 cup water
- 4 teaspoons soy sauce
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice
- 4 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup sugar
- Combine soy sauce, white vinegar, pineapple juice and water in a small saucepan.
- Add cornstarch and sugar to the saucepan. Mix well with a whisk or fork until the mixture is lump free.
- Cook the sweet and sour sauce. Bring the sweet and source sauce to a boil slowly over a medium high heat. Stir constantly with a rubber spatula making sure to scrape the sides of the saucepan as well as the bottom. Lower the heat to low and simmer the sweet and sour sauce for five minutes, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens slightly. Remove from the heat and serve immediately.
- Storing sweet and sour sauce. Freshly made sweet and sour sauce can be stored, after cooling, in the refrigerator in an air tight container.
The chilled sweet and sour sauce can be easily reheated in the microwave and served hot.
Never leave the sweet and sour sauce unattended during cooking to avoid scorching the sauce which will ruin the flavor.