Homemade Sweet and Sour Sauce is better than any sauce you can buy from the store with its balanced sweet and sour flavor. It’s a favorite dipping sauce for your homemade cream cheese wontons or a marinade for your chicken. The options are endless when it comes to all the flavors this sauce can bring to your recipes. For another flavorful sauce, be sure to check out my homemade Sweet Chili Sauce, too!
Sweet and Sour Sauce
This Sweet and Sour Sauce is a thick and tasty sauce that is not something you could find at the grocery store. It’s easy to make any time you need a little extra kick to your favorite dishes. With this homemade sauce, you can be sure to get the right balance of flavor that you may be missing out on with mass-produced sauces. “Sweet and sour sauce is usually associated with the authentic Chinese combination of rice vinegar and sugar. The probable origin of this sweet and sour mixture is the Chinese province of Hunan, where it was originally used as a condiment or a sauce for fish, meat, and vegetables.” – TasteAtlas.
Ingredients & Substitutions
Granulated Sugar: The sugar provides sweetness to the sauce.
White Vinegar: Vinegar adds a tangy flavor and balances the sweetness of the sugar.
Brown sugar: Brown sugar adds a molasses-like flavor to the sauce and gives it a slightly darker color.
Ketchup: Ketchup gives the sauce a tomato-based flavor and also adds some thickness.
Slurry: This homemade sweet and sour sauce is made nice and thick by adding a cornstarch slurry to the vinegar mix. If you do not have cornstarch, you could use potato starch, tapioca, or arrowroot as substitutions. I am not sure how flour would work in this recipe, but generally, you would use double the amount of flour as cornstarch to get the same thickness.
How to Store Homemade Sweet and Sour Sauce
This homemade sauce should be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated. It will last up to two weeks. If you use the sauce a lot and want to keep it out at room temperature, the shelf life will be closer to a week. To freeze the sauce, let it cool completely before storing it in freezer-safe containers, including freezer-safe zipped plastic bags. Remember to label and date the containers.
Sweet and Sour Sauce
- ¾ cup (150 g) granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup (79 g) white vinegar
- ⅔ cup water
- ⅓ cup (67 g) brown sugar
- 2 ½ tablespoons ketchup
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch, or potato starch
- 3 tablespoons water
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the sugar, vinegar, and water. Continue whisking until the sugar has dissolved.
- Add the brown sugar and ketchup, whisking to combine, and bring it to a slow boil.
- In a small bowl, make a slurry by mixing together the cornstarch and water. Slowly pour the slurry into the vinegar mixture, whisking constantly, until it thickens. Serve immediately.
Did you make this recipe?
You can tag me at @iamhomesteader.