Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipes

These Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipes Will Change the Way You Eat

Sweet and sour sauce is mostly used in the Chinese dishes. Sugar and vinegar are the main ingredients of this popular sauce. This article will tell you how to prepare this sauce and also mentions some lip-smacking recipes associated with it.
Tastessence Staff
Last Updated: Jul 14, 2017
Not only the Chinese but also the North Americans and Europeans use sweet and sour flavors while cooking. It is a fact that this sauce originated in China. Years back, the people of the New World used this sauce as a dip. Many Chinese recipes use this sauce to pour over the meat and fish and also as a dipping sauce. Many people around the world savor the dish 'Cantonese sweet and sour pork'. Making the sauce involves a very simple procedure. Have a look!

Basic Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

Note: Use rice vinegar to get the best results. Instead of water you could use pineapple juice.

Ingredients
  • Vinegar (white or rice), ½ cup
  • Brown sugar/molasses, 4 tbsp.
  • Soy sauce, 1 tbsp.
  • Ketchup, 1 tbsp.
  • Water, 4 tsp.
  • Cornstarch, 2 tsp.
  • Pepper to taste
Method
  1. In a thick-bottomed pan, mix the ketchup, soy sauce, and vinegar well.
  2. Boil the mixture and add the cornstarch paste. Reduce the flame and stir quickly.
  3. Keep stirring till it becomes thick. Add pepper and turn off the flame.
  4. If you want to make the sauce thicker, increase the quantity of cornstarch.
  5. This sauce can be poured over a dish of cooked meat or vegetables. It is also used as a dipping sauce.
Cantonese Sweet and Sour Pork

This Chinese dish is popular and one of the fast-moving dishes in most Chinese restaurants in Europe and America.

Ingredients
  • Carrot, 1
  • Pork, 1 lb.
  • Sweet and sour sauce, ¾ cup
  • Pineapple chunks, ½ cup
  • Red and green pepper bells, ½ cup each
  • Soy sauce, 3 tsp.
  • Cornstarch, ¼ tsp.
  • Oil for deep-frying
Ingredients for making the batter
  • Egg white beaten,1
  • Corn flour, ¼ cup
  • Multipurpose flour, ¼ cup
  • Lukewarm water, ¼ cup
  • Vegetable oil, 1 tbsp.
Method
  1. Cut the pork into 1-inch cubes, marinate with soy sauce and corn flour, and keep it for half an hour.
  2. In the meantime, peel and chop the carrot into 1-inch pieces. Remove the seeds from the pepper bells and cut them into cubes.
  3. To make the batter, sieve flour and corn flour. Put this in a bowl and stir in the vegetable oil and egg white. Mix well. Add water to make a thick batter.
  4. In a thick-bottomed pan, heat the oil for deep-frying.
  5. Dip the marinated pork in the batter and fry till it becomes golden brown. If the oil is overheated, you can reduce the flame.
  6. In another thick-bottomed pan, boil the sauce. Add cubed pepper bells, pineapple chunks, and carrots. Allow it to boil, stirring constantly. You can add pepper or salt to suit your taste.
  7. In a plate, arrange the golden brown pork cubes. Pour this sauce over the fried pork cubes.
  8. The sweet and sour pork dish could be served with various types of bread, such as naan or flavored or plain rice.
Sweet and Sour Sauce with Pineapple

Ingredients
  • Pineapple juice, 4 oz.
  • Tomato ketchup, ¼ cup
  • White vinegar, ¼ cup
  • Brown sugar, ¼ cup
  • Worcestershire sauce, 1 tbsp.
  • Corn flour, ¼ tbsp.
  • Mustard powder, ½ tsp.
  • Powdered dry ginger, ½ tsp.
  • Garlic powder, ¼ tsp.
Method
  1. In a thick-bottomed pan, mix all the above-mentioned ingredients. Bring this mixture to a boil on medium-high heat.
  2. Stir the mixture continuously till the sauce is thick.
  3. If you want to store this sauce, allow it to cool. Transfer it into a refrigerator jar and put it in the fridge.
So, do try these above recipes and elevate the taste of your Chinese dishes like never before. Happy cooking!