Sensei's Japanese Sweet & Sour Sauce

Total Time
Prep 1 min
Cook 10 mins

I like this a lot better than those recipes that call for pineapple juice. I got it from my Japanese Sensei at school. It's very nummy-yummy.


  1. Mix vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, salt, water, garlic, and ginger in small sauce pan.
  2. Heat on stove, use cornstarch to thicken if you want it thick.
  3. If you want to stir-fry with it, you don't have to add the cornstarch and thicken it up.
  4. If you do thicken it, you can use it as a dipping sauce.
Most Helpful

It's very, very good. But has anyone noticed the sodium content ? It has 8,702 mg's ! That is over 4x the entire daily allowance of sodium for a healthy person, and over 8x the daily allowance for someone on a restriction ! I made afew modifications to lower the sodium and it still tasted great. These were: nix the 2 teaspoons of salt (the soy sauce has enough and this one step eliminates over 4,000 mg of sodium), next use a low sodium soy sauce ( I use kikkoman's lesser sodium sauce and it actually taste better then their regular version). Next cut the soy sauce amount to 2 or 3 tablespoons instead of 4. Trust me the changes to not really effect the quality of taste in this great sauce, and it cuts the sodium down to just over 2,000 mg. Still high, but tolerable if you only have a little. Great sauce. I would have gave it 5 stars if not for the horrendous amount of sodium in it.

Chris D. October 15, 2013

Love this. Have used it with stir-fries twice now. This will be one of my go-to stir-fry sauces.

anonymous23 April 09, 2011

This is outstanding! I used this as a stir fry sauce and it was the best stir fry I've had let alone made myself. Thanks so much for sharing, will make often.

kaec February 03, 2009