Kittencal's Restaurant-Style Chinese Sweet and Sour Sauce

READY IN: 15mins
YIELD: 2 cups


  • 12
    cup ketchup
  • 1
    teaspoon regular soy sauce
  • 13
  • 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)


  • In a saucepan combine the first 5 ingredients until combined.
  • 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).
  • Cool slightly and use immediately or refrigerate.