Sweet and Sour Sauce



Sweet and sour sauce is a rich,deeply colored sauce that is the perfect balance of sweet and tart. The dark honey hue flawlessly displays the deep flavors within this culinary creation. Once it hits your tongue you get this borderline mouth puckering tartness accompanied by a molasses-like sweetness. Unlike what you will find in many restaurants today, real sweet and sour sauce does have some body to it (the sauce is thickened with cornstarch) but is more comparable to a light glaze than a heavy sauce. As you probably know, people love the combination of sweet and sour. There are several sauces that combine both flavors but the first sweet and sour sauce is native to China, more specificallythe province of Hunan. The first version was not cooked and was often eaten with fish, veggies and meats. Later a cooked version of the sauce was made to go with sweet and sour pork.Once you learn how to make sweet and sour sauce, you will never want the thick, gloopy stuff served at restaurants. Authenticity is preferred for good reason.

Place of Origin: Recipe difficulty:
China Easy
Preparation Time: Cook Time:
5 minutes 5 minutes
Yields: 1 cup of sauce, servings vary

!!!! Ingredients

  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Salt

How to Make !!!!?

!!!! Sauce – Step by Step Instructions:

1. Dissolve the cornstarch in two tablespoons of water. Set aside.
2. Pour ½ cup of water into a saucepan with the sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, ketchup, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt.
3. Bring to a boil over medium as you stir to dissolve the sugar. Otherwise, you will have a gritty sauce.
4. Stir the cornstarch and water mixture before adding it to the sauce.
5. Cook for about 10 more seconds or until the sauce thickensand reaches a full boil.
6. Remove from the heat and transfer to any desired serving bowl. The flavors concentrate when you leave it out to sit for a few minutes before serving.
7. Taste right before serving and add more salt if needed.
8. Enjoy.

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Ideas to Use – !!!

Sweet and sour sauce is best served warm or at room temperature. The well balanced and very bold sauce pairs well with pork, can be used as a dipping sauce for wontons, eggrolls, dumplings, and can even be added to stir fries. The suggestions provided are quite specific but remember that sweet and sour sauce can be served over any fish, meat, poultry or vegetable. You may even want to try adding it to a beef or veggie patty to create a Chinese inspired burger.


!!! is fit for:

Vegetarian, vegan, low fat andgluten free diets (just make sure the items used read “gluten-free” on the label).

Now that you know how to make sweet and sour sauce, go for it! The great thing about this recipe is the fact that you really can’t mess it up. Achieving that signature taste is so easy and minimal ingredient are required. For those that do not have all the ingredients on hand, remember that granulated sugar can be used instead of brown sugar, you can use cider vinegar rather than rice vinegar, omit the lemon juice, and/or replace the water with another liquid like fruit juice or a light broth.

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