Sweet and Sour Sauce I

Sweet and Sour Sauce I


"An excellent, traditional sweet and sour sauce. It is great served with meatballs, with tempura, or even over rice!"

Ingredients 12 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 43 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 43 kcal
  • 2%
  • Fat:
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Carbs:
  • 10.8g
  • 3%
  • Protein:
  • 0.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 236 mg
  • 9%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Place the sugar, vinegar, water, soy sauce, ketchup and cornstarch in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil. Stir continuously until the mixture has thickened.
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As the recipe is written, this is a good sauce. I did do a few things to doctor my version of the sauce which I think gave it more body and flavor. I used the recipe with these substitutions: 1/4 C of brown sugar and 1/2 C of white sugar instead of 3/4 C white sugar, 1/4 C of pineapple juice instead of water, 1/4 C of ketchup instead of the 1 tablespoon (trust me on this!), and I used 2 Tablespoons of flour dissolved into a little water. I added the flour/water mixture to the boiling (on low heat) mix of the other items. I thought these substitutions brought more body, flavor, and color.


This recipe was quite good. I was looking for something fast to serve with leftover takeout Chinese food as we had no more S/S packets. You will shorten cooking time considerably if you combine all ingredients *except* cornstarch, let come to a boil, spoon out about a 1/4 cup of the sauce into your measuring cup, mix in the cornstarch with it and then slowly add while mixing to the remainder of sauce in pan. It will take only 5-6 minutes to cook and it will thicken immediately.


I make this all the time and have passed the recipe around to many. I have followed all the suggestions left by others at different times and no matter what I have done to this recipe, it turns out great! We put chicken in it, or ground beef, or meatballs and serve it over rice. I have added veggies also. You can't go wrong. It is wonderful!