3.7 from 23 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
Keyword homemade sweet and sour sauce, how to make sweet and sour sauce, sweet and sour sauce recipe, sweet and sour sauce,
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Calories 248kcal
Author Julie Kotzbach


  • 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