The Best Sweet and Sour Sauce

"This came from Taste of Home's Quick Cooking and is much better than anything I've created on my own. The sauce is thick and gooy and goes well with so many things."
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Ready In:
1 1/2 cup




  • Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan.
  • Cook over medium heat until thick, stirring constantly.
  • Pour over chicken, meatballs, smoked sausage, veggies, etc.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Mana M.
    What kind of vinegar is best for this recipe? Never mind! I found the answer. I’ll try rice vinegar.
  2. Lori A.
    What if you don't have corn starch to make sweet and sour sauce?
  3. Lisa B.
    Can this be made ahead of time and refrigerated for a couple of days, then served room temp?
  4. Ron Y.
    Can the best sweet and sour sauce be kept in the frig for any length of time after making it?, thank you.
  5. carolynlee1
    How long will this sauce keep in frig


  1. randimiller
    Just what I was looking for! Easy and quick and delicious! Thanks!
  2. breezermom
    Not quite the right color, but the taste is great if you increase the brown sugar a bit. Desperately needed this recipe when I found a recipe that called for sweet and sour sauce. This recipe saved the day. May decrease the cornstarch a bit...but it was a lifesaver!
  3. Jujubegirl
    Far more delicious than the ingredients make it seem like it will be. This is very very close to the sweet/sour sauce of a local restaurant. Love it! I made pan-fried tofu, recipe 271647, some seared pineapple chunks, and steamed broccoli. Fantastic!
  4. Lourdes C.
    I used pomegranate dark balsamic vinegar (olive oil Co. BROOKINGS SD) and it came out delicious! The best sweet and sour pork over white rice...
    • Review photo by Lourdes C.
  5. Mike C.
    So simple and much tastier than anything out of a bottle. You can easily add chillies, garlic or ginger to spice it up a bit but delicious as it is.


  1. catcloud
    I added about 1 tbsp of sriracha to make it a spicy sweet and sour sauce. Delicious! Love this recipe!
  2. Tish M.
    I added pureed pineapple, siracha, red food coloring because I didn't have maraschino cherries and corn syrup to make it glossy. It was great.
  3. angela m.
    I added 3 tablespoons of ketchup for Color and more tang. But recipe itself was great.
  4. Cindy A.
    See above for tweaks.
  5. Dale P.
    Subbed cornstarch for arrowroot as i am in the uk. Tip : only use 2 tbsp arrowroot



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