Chinese Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe For A Cozy Snack

Chinese sweet and sour sauce recipe is the most famous Chinese sauce. You can make it in different ways. This recipe is easy to prepare, even if you are a newbie in the kitchen. 

This sauce is zesty, and its taste will not disappoint you. This sauce will add a delicious flavor to any food. Thankfully, it doesn’t require any special ingredients. Within 15 minutes, you can prepare this delicious sauce. 

You can serve this sauce with any fried dish such as crispy fried chicken. Also, you may use it with any other recipe, including sweet and sour pork and sweet and sour chicken. You can also use this sauce with your recipe creations. 

What is the Chinese Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe?

It is a Chinese special sauce recipe that has both sweet and sour tastes. Usually, it is a type of sauce that is used in quick stir-fry recipes. It is usually made with soy sauce, white sugar and vineagr. The cornstarch gives it the thicky apperance. Its sweetness provides a soothing taste and the sourness gives you a nice kick. 

What is Chinese Sweet and Sour Sauce Made of?

Usually, this sweet and sour sauce requires ingredients that you already have in the kitchen. Traditionally Chinese prepare this sauce by mixing honey or sugar with a sour liquid like soy sauce, vinegar, and spices like cloves and ginger. This recipe requires very simple ingredients and an easy preparation method. 

Anyone can prepare the sauce by following the recipe card below with the list of exact ingredients measurements. 

Health Benefits of Sweet and Sour Sauce

The health benefit of this recipe may vary based on a single ingredient of this recipe. However, the sweet and sour sauce may offer a few health benefits that are discussed below.

  1. This sauce may improve dietary adherence: Chinese sweet and sour sauce  may help to make your diet tasty and enjoyable. Adding sauce to the weight loss diet is the best way to maintain flavors without extra calories. A small portion of this sauce can contribute to a nutritious meal plan and can help you stick with it. 
  1. Can prevent Iron deficiency: This sauce contains vitamin C which helps with the absorption of heme and nonheme iron. It can be perfectly paired with vegetarian meals and dishes packed with vegetables. 
  1. Helps to boost the immunity system: Vitamin C of this sauce helps to boost the immune. So, it helps to prevent infection and also reduces healing time. 
Chinese Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe  For A Cozy Snack

Chinese Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe  For A Cozy Snack

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Recipe by Lindsay G. Cabral Cuisine: ChineseDifficulty: Easy


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This Chinese sauce is an easy preparation. It takes less than 10 minutes and enhances the flavor of your main dishes superbly.

You will love how it unfolds the taste of any fried items in the evening snack menu.

Ingredients You Will Need

  • 4 tsp white vinegar

  • ½ cup of white sugar

  • 4 tsp cornstarch

  • Pinch salt

  • 1 tsp soy sauce

  • ¾ cup of water

  • 1 to 2 drops of red gel food coloring

  • Tools
  • Medium saucepan

  • Measuring cup

  • 1 whisk

  • Serving Bowl

Instruction for Chinese Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

  • Mix all ingredients in a saucepan: Turn on the stove and place a medium saucepan over it. Then mix all the ingredients inside the saucepan and allow them to bring to a boil. Mix all ingredients in a saucepan
  • Cook the sauce for a few minutes: Now stir the sauce occasionally with a whisk and cook them for a few minutes. Cook the sauce for a few minutes
  • Remove the sauce from heat: After a few minutes of cooking, once the sauce becomes thick, remove them from the heat and allow the sauce to bring to room temperature. Remove the sauce from heat
  • Serve the sauce: Now, serve with any food you like to enjoy with this sauce. You can use this sauce as a dipping sauce, or use them for making sweet and sour pork or chicken. You can serve them with wanton, and on top of fried rice.Serve the sauce

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What are the Health Risks of Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipes?

  1. Some sweet and sour sauce recipes contain gluten and soy sauce. If you follow a gluten-free diet and have allergies problem to soy, you should skip or substitute other ingredients in place of soy.
  2. If you are sensitive to salt and are on a low-sodium diet you should be careful about soy sauce intake. It would be best if you take advice from a healthcare provider about how much you should limit your sodium intake. 

Varieties of Sweet and Sour Sauce

You can prepare the sweet and sour sauce in many different ways including low sodium, salt-free, sugar-free, preservative-free, salt-free, soy-free, gluten-free, and vegan. 

Tips for Make the Sweet and Sour Recipe Tastier

  1. You can add pineapple juice to this sweet-and-sour sauce recipe to bring a different taste to this sauce. Pineapple adds a tangy tastse. But don’t use fresh pineapple juice, because fresh pineapple juice will change the taste and consistency of the sauce. 
  1. If you like to add a little bit of spice, you can add some chili flakes to this sauce recipe. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you making sweet and sour sauce for the first time or if you are new to cooking you should know the answer to all the following questions that are given below. 

What goes best with sweet and sour sauce?
You can incorporate sweet and sour sauce with different dishes like a sweet and sour meatball, sweet and sour pork, sweet and sour chicken, sweet and sour shrimp, or Asian salad dressings. Also, you can use it as a glaze for grilled pork, chicken, seafood, ribs, kabobs, etc. This sauce also tastes delicious with hot steamed rice or fried rice. 

Is sweet and sour sauce healthy?
This sauce is not a good source of minerals and vitamins. This sauce contains 3 milligrams of vitamin C, which make up only 5% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. However, this sauce is a high-sodium food that provides 7% of the total recommended daily intake of sodium. 

Why the color of the sweet and sour sauce is red?
The red color of this sauce usually comes from the red food coloring. However, this color is optional in the sweet and sour sauce recipe. If you don’t like food colors you can skip them in your recipe. 

How can I store sweet and sour sauce?
A refrigerator is the best option for storing sweet and sour sauce. If you store your sauce properly, it will last for a long time. The homemade sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for 1 month. 

Nutrition Facts

16 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories43
  • % Daily Value *
  • Sodium 236mg 10%
  • Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
    • Sugars 10g

  • Calcium 1%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


I love the Chinese sweet and sour sauce recipe because it is tangy and sweet at the same time. What about you? This sauce will give you the taste that you are looking for.

This sauce is thick enough and has a perfect consistency. Go ahead and try this sauce recipe at home, you will never go back to store-bought sauce again.

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Lindsay G. Cabral is a recipe blogger who specializes in vegan and gluten-free recipes. Lindsay has been blogging since 2012, and her recipes have been featured on popular websites such as Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, and The Kitchn. In addition to her blog, Lindsay is also the author of two cookbooks, Vegan Yum Yum and Vegan Yum Yum for All Occasions. When she's not in the kitchen, Lindsay enjoys spending time with her husband and two young daughters.

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