Linda's Sweet and Sour Sauce

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 0 mins

My mother-in-law gave me the best recipe for sweet and sour sauce that I've ever tried. We like it best on meatballs, but it's also good on leftover cooked chicken or roast pork, and my children even like it on chopped-up hotdogs ! My husband prefers it to be served with mashed potatoes on the side, so he can scoop some of the sauce over them.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine water and white sugar in saucepan, bring to a boil.
  2. Add ketchup, return to boil.
  3. Dissolve cornstarch in cold water.
  4. Add cornstarch mixture to boiling mixture slowly, stirring constantly.
  5. Remove from heat and continue stirring until thickened.
  6. note- this makes a fairly thick sauce.
  7. If you prefer a runnier consistency, use less cornstarch.


Most Helpful

This was not the best sweet and sour sauce I've ever had but for the small amount of ingredients and the simplicity of the recipe, it is definitely a keeper. I added some salt and crushed red pepper flakes at the end for a little more flavor. Thank you for sharing Terri.

Bekah49036 December 08, 2008

We LOVED this sauce! Made egg rolls for dinner and I needed a sweet and sour sauce and found this one. Nice and thick, alittle sweet but delicious!! This is one of those recipes that I usually have all the ingredients on hand and can make in a flash when needed. A keeper in my book for sure!! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

Marsha D. March 12, 2008

I made this for Pick a Chef Fall 2005. This was an easy recipe and produces a nice thick sauce. I always have these ingredients in the house and now I can whip up and easy sauce in a flash. I used it over meatballs that I had in the freezer and this recipe has found a place in my public cookbook "Stuff to do with meatballs" Thanks!

* Pamela * September 28, 2005

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