Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 5 mins

With a little imagination, and some courage, the quest for unique sweet sour sauce can be fulfilled with this simple formula. First thing to try to appreciate is that cooking is a creative sport. SO... Here is a formula that will lead to your own Great Sweet Sour Sauce.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 14 cup ketchup (or 1/4 cup other tomato based sauce)
  • 14 cup brown sugar (like honey) or 14 cup another sweetener (like honey)
  • 14 cup vinegar (I use white but others use wine or apple)
  • 14 cup fruit juice (I use pineapple but some people use cherry or orange or 1/8 cup apple and 1/8 cup orange)


  1. The point is that as long as you stick to the basic idea of tomato/sweetener/vinegar/sweet liquid --
  2. You can Create your own Sweet Sour Sauce.
Most Helpful

Nice one Bill! I used the basic recipe then stirred through a few teaspoons of cornflour blended with water to thicken and added bell peppers, sauted onion and pineapple to make a great sweet and sour chicken.

Peter J September 10, 2010

I was in a pinch and needed a quick home made S&S sauce and this really fit the "Bill". Quick, easy and perfectly apportioned ingredients. I added a few shakes of red pepper flakes b/c we really like a sauce with a kick. An added bonus is this freezes extremely well.

Cathy17 August 23, 2011

I needed a quick recipe for some frozen appetizers and cut this recipe in half (ketchup, honey, apple cider vinegar, orange juice), added a little cornstarch and cooked in the microwave on high for one minute. Good sauce with pantry ingredients--How can I complain? Next time, I will probably add a little ginger and garlic, and maybe cut back on the vinegar a little--the taste was good, but the smell of the vinegar was a little much. Thanks!

Dwynnie January 10, 2011