3.74 from 19 votes

Sweet and sour sauce

Sweet and sour sauce is a quick and easy homemade version of your favorite takeout dish! This silky smooth sauce comes together in a matter of minutes using on-hand pantry ingredients - perfect for a weeknight dinner fix!
Course Sauce
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Calories 248
Author Kathryn Doherty


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar (or substitute apple cider vinegar)
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water


  • Combine water, vinegar, brown sugar, ketchup and soy sauce in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Meanwhile, combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl until well mixed.
  • Once the sauce mix has come to a boil, stir in the cornstarch slurry and stir constantly, for about a minute, until the sauce has thickened.
  • Remove from heat and use immediately or store in a jar or air-tight container for up to 2 weeks. Reheat and add extra water, as needed, to get it to the right consistency.


Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 1003mg | Potassium: 197mg | Sugar: 54g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 0.9mg