Nana used to store this sauce in jars so she would always have it on hand!.

Sweet and sour sauce is a beloved condiment that adds a delightful balance of tanginess and sweetness to a variety of dishes. This versatile sauce is commonly associated with Chinese cuisine but has found its way into kitchens worldwide due to its unique flavor profile. Whether you’re using it as a dip, a marinade, or a topping, homemade sweet and sour sauce can elevate your culinary creations to new heights. In this article, we will guide you through the process of making a delicious homemade sweet and sour sauce, explore its ingredients and variations, and provide tips for perfecting the recipe.



Ingredient Quantity
White Sugar 3/4 cup
Apple Cider Vinegar 1/3 cup
Water 2/3 cup
Salt A pinch
Ketchup 1/4 cup
Soy Sauce 1 tablespoon
Cornstarch 1 tablespoon
Additional Water (for mixing cornstarch) 2 tablespoons


  1. Combine Ingredients: In a small saucepan, whisk together the white sugar, apple cider vinegar, water, salt, ketchup, and soy sauce over medium heat until well combined.
  2. Prepare Cornstarch Mixture: In a separate bowl, mix the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water until smooth.
  3. Thicken the Sauce: Gradually pour the cornstarch mixture into the saucepan, stirring constantly.
  4. Simmer: Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently, until the sauce has thickened to your desired consistency.
  5. Adjust Seasoning: Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning if needed, adding more sugar for sweetness or more vinegar for tanginess according to your preference.
  6. Remove from Heat: Once the sauce has reached the desired thickness, remove it from the heat and let it cool slightly before using or storing.

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