Sweet Sour Sauce Secrets

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 1batch
  • About This Recipe

    “With a little imagination, and some courage, the quest for unique sweet sour sauce can be fulfilled with this simple formula. First thing to try to appreciate is that cooking is a creative sport. SO… Here is a formula that will lead to your own Great Sweet Sour Sauce.”


  • 1/4 cupketchup( or 1/4 cup other tomato based sauce)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (like honey) or 1/4 cupanother sweetener( like honey)
  • 1/4 cupvinegar( I use white but others use wine or apple)
  • 1/4 cupfruit juice( I use pineapple but some people use cherry or orange or 1/8 cup apple and 1/8 cup orange)
  • Directions

  • The point is that as long as you stick to the basic idea of tomato/sweetener/vinegar/sweet liquid —
  • You can Create your own Sweet Sour Sauce.
  • Reviews

  • “Nice one Bill! I used the basic recipe then stirred through a few teaspoons of cornflour blended with water to thicken and added bell peppers, sauted onion and pineapple to make a great sweet and sour chicken.”

  • “I was in a pinch and needed a quick home made S&S sauce and this really fit the “Bill”.Quick, easy and perfectly apportioned ingredients.I added a few shakes of red pepper flakes b/c we really like a sauce with a kick. An added bonus is this freezes extremely well.”

  • “I needed a quick recipe for some frozen appetizers and cut this recipe in half (ketchup, honey, apple cider vinegar, orange juice), added a little cornstarch and cooked in the microwave on high for one minute.Good sauce with pantry ingredients–How can I complain?Next time, I will probably add a little ginger and garlic, and maybe cut back on the vinegar a little–the taste was good, but the smell of the vinegar was a little much.Thanks!”

  • “Awesome!I was in a hurry and this was fantastic.My daughter loved it.So quick and easy.Thanks!~”

  • “I’ve been making this and adding jars of it to my gift baskets.This stuff is awesome!Easy and customizable and a very unique addition to the baskets.Thanks for a keeper!”

  • “Fantastic, Simple, Delicious!”

  • “Awesome sauce! Easy and tastes great. I used pineapple juice, rice vinegar, tomato sauce, and a mixture of white and brown sugar. I did adda little corn starch to thicken it.”

  • “I don’t think I like sweet sour sauce, but this turned out great after I boiled off some of the vinegar and added some extra sugar, garlic and ginger.An equal portion of vinegar was just too strong for me.”

  • “Wow this was so easy and tasted so very good. I used orange juice and brown sugar splenda for the juice and sweetener options. It turned out great! This is a thin, pourable sauce. I used it as a dip for coconut shrimp. Yum yum!”

  • “i use msg a lil and water instead of fruit juice, since i havent done grochery yet. but its yummy.. i bet my hubby will like this. since it his fave one… thanks… “