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Best Sweet & Sour Sauce


Get ready for a fast, simple, and deeeelicious Sweet & Sour Sauce!

This sweet and sour sauce is perfect as a dipping sauce for potstickers, egg rolls, chicken nuggets and anything else your heart desires. Use also to incorporate into your favorite Chinese dishes like sweet & sour chicken, pork or shrimp, sweet & sour meatballs, Asian salad dressings, and as a glaze for grilled chicken and pork, etc.

There are so many ways to enjoy this popular Chinese sauce. And with only 5 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep/cook time, this classic Sweet & Sour sauce couldn’t be simpler!

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  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari (GF)
  • For the Cornstarch Slurry: 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons water
  • Optional: 2-3 drops red food coloring


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Step 1

Place all of the ingredients, except for the cornstarch slurry, in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir in the cornstarch slurry and simmer for another minute until thickened, stirring constantly. If using red food coloring, stir it in.

Serves: About 2 cups

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