Fruity Sweet and Sour Sauce

Fruity Sweet and Sour Sauce


"This is the light pink and fruity tasting sweet and sour sauce that they serve in Chinese restaurants. The maraschino cherry juice makes the difference; don't ever throw it away again! Serve warm as a dipping sauce, or over meat as a sweet and sour sauce."


10 m servings 42 cals
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Original recipe yields 16 servings



  • Calories:
  • 42 kcal
  • 2%
  • Fat:
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Carbs:
  • 10.7g
  • 3%
  • Protein:
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Mix the sugar, vinegar, maraschino cherry juice, and pineapple juice in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Place the cornstarch in a small bowl, and stir the water into it to make a smooth paste. Stir the cornstarch paste into the juice mixture, and bring to a simmer. Stir constantly until the mixture thickens, about 1 minute.
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  1. 45 Ratings


I've made this recipe twice. The trick to getting it to not taste so much like cherry is to add 1/4 cup of ketchup, or a little more if you prefer. My mom worked at a chinese restaurant and is t...

Sparkler, I think you are my new best friend. I am a sweet and sour fanatic, and have always always ALWAYS wanted a recipe that was restaurant quality, and this is definitely it! All I ever did ...

I have to agree with starr2be2. My mom has owned a Chinese restaurant for 20 years and when I made this I knew it was missing ketchup. She makes gallons of it at a time and getting her to giv...

I love this!! I needed a sweet & sour sauce for homemade crab rangoon, and this was perfect. As suggested, I tweeked the amounts of marachino juice and vinegar until it suited my family. I will ...

This was pretty good to me, much closer than anything else I've tried. The maraschino cherry juice added a little too much cherry flavor. But next time I will reduce the cherry juice to probably...

After doing some research online, I decided to give this recipe a try. I was terrified of the cherry juice. I made this just as written, and it tasted just like a sweet n sour cherry juice. I...

Quick, easy and the perfect combo of sweet and sour. We served it with pork roast, rice and veggies. Plan on making it again soon with wontons and rangoon.

This was easy and it makes a good amount. It was a little heavy on the cherry flavor (for us) so I may decrease this next time as well as decreasing the sugar a bit. It is sweet but as good as y...

Loved it !!! Perfect just the way it was printed. My new favorite sweet and sour sauce. Thank you so much for sharing.