Kittencal's Restaurant-Style Chinese Sweet and Sour Sauce

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

Finally a sauce you can make at home the tastes just the like the sauce that is served at your favorite Chinese restaurant! --- this is the sauce recipe that goes with my Kittencal's Chinese Chicken Balls With Sweet and Sour Sauce

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon regular soy sauce
  • 13 cup white vinegar
  • 12 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 cup white sugar (can reduce a 2-3 tablespoons for a less sweeter taste)
  • 34 cup cold water (or can use unsweetened pineapple juice or half each, I prefer the pineapple juice)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch (for a thinner sauce reduce to 2 tablespoons, if you want an very thick sauce use 4 tablespoons)


  1. In a saucepan combine the first 5 ingredients until combined.
  2. In a cup or bowl whisk the cold water with cornstarch or pineapple juice until smooth and combined, then whisk in ketchup mixture; bring to a boil stirring or whisking constantly over medium-high heat until bubbly and thickened (the sauce will continue to thicken more while simmering).
  3. Cool slightly and use immediately or refrigerate.
Most Helpful

4 5

I needed a homemade sweet and sour sauce to use in Big Ol' Mess (Smoked Sausage in Spicy Sweet Sauce) and settled on this one. I started out by using a full cup of pineapple juice and cutting back on the white sugar by a few tablespoons and added a little powdered ginger, but otherwise kept everything the same, at first. When I mixed in the cornstarch, however, I added about a half cup additional water, and even then, the finished sauce was still too thick. The flavor was just what I wanted though, but next time I'm cutting the amount of cornstarch in half or so. I like a very tangy, moderately-sweet sauce with a medium body to it, this was a bit thicker than I prefer, but otherwise delicious.

5 5

better then any store brought brand!!!

5 5

Unbelievably, restaurant quality. I love sweet and Sour and this is right on. Amazing how recipe states what it is then people complain its too sweet. I made this tonight and thought it was easy enough and if it didn't work out I would just make a teriyaki recipe that I had tried before. Had all the ingredients except for pineapple & I was so disappointed so I used Orange Juice and no water to the cornstarch. I also added some orange peel seasoning, 2 T fresh ginger, red pepper flakes and sauce was outstanding. My Chinese restaurant makes a thick wonderful sweet sauce like this and I was in heaven being able to duplicate such a close match. I also put a drop or two of dry sherry. Couldn't have been happier tonight cause I was really wanting chinese. I fried the chicken and added onion and green pepper I seasoned with olive oil, garlic and a little ginger. After I made the fried chicken balls, I mixed them into the thick sauce with the green pepper, onion, and used green onions to top it. Thank you again and for those of you who don't like sweet sauce stay don't use as much. Will be making this at least one a month, also won't have to spend $15.00 on fast food.