Sweet and Sour Sauce

This is a close take on Sweet and Sour sauce you normally have to go out for.  You don’t need to ask for extra sauce anymore.

Sweet and Sour Sauce

Sweet and Sour Sauce

Homemade Sweet and Sour sauce with crab rangoons

Sweet and Sour Sauce

Make restaurant quality sweet and sour sauce at home. 
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Course: Sauces
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Sweet and Sour Sauce
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 125kcal


  • 5 cups water
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 or 3 slices fresh ginger
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • red food coloring if desired
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons water


  • Wash the orange and the lemon well.
  • Slice the fruit and ginger and place the slices into a medium pot along with 5 cups of water.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Strain water with a sieve into a bowl.
  • Press the fruit into the sieve. You want to get all of the water released.
  • Place the water back into the pot and add 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup vinegar, 1 cup ketchup, and a few drops of red food coloring (if using).
  • Whisk until well blended.
  • Heat the sauce over medium high heat.
  • Combine 3 tablespoons corn starch and 3 tablespoons cold water in a small bowl.
  • Slowly stream the corn starch liquid into the sauce, stirring constantly.
  • When the sauce thickens, remove it from heat.


Store unused sauce in an airtight container.


Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 225mg | Potassium: 114mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 13.7mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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