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Lucky Sweet and Sour Sauce


  • 1⁄4cup ketchup
  • 1⁄4cup sugar
  • 1⁄4cup vinegar
  • 1tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 1⁄2tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3⁄4cup pineapple juice (I use pineapple juice) or 3⁄4 cup water (I use pineapple juice)
  • 2teaspoons oil


  • Mix juice and cornstarch.
  • Heat oil in a small saucepan and add remaining ingredients and cornstarch mixture.
  • Cook over medium to medium high heat, stirring until sauce thickens.


  • Sheila36

    This was very good. I added some red food coloring to give it that chinese restraunt look. I used the pineapple juice instead of water.

  • Lisa Tiede-Newland

    I was making egg rolls and discovered I was out of sweet and sour sauce. Glad I found this recipe – my husband absolutely loves it!

  • mama3many

    Delicious, cheap and easy!

  • g #2

    the last time i made this i used lemon juice instead of pineapple juice then added brown sugar to taste… not a taste for everyone.. but perhaps the sweetest and sourest sauce i ever had.. the basic recipe is the ultimate in quick, easy, and tasty. a keeper.

  • rinkidinkidoo

    I totally changed it up but the basic recipe is great. I used cider vinegar instead of white vinegar, used half lilikoi juice and half pineapple juice. Chopped up half of a Maui onion and a yellow pepper into medium chunks and added it to the sauce while heating it. Served it with Mango and jalapeno chicken meatballs and I have to say this was the best sweet and sour sauce I've ever had.

  • Bergy

    Lorac I hope you don’t mind but I took 2 liberties with this recipe. Firstly I used Canned Plum Juice (Italian Prune) and I added 4 drops of hot sauce. On the recipe you gave the option of using Pineaple juice or water but I had the plum juice – really wonderful. The consistency is perfect. Your instructions clear & straightforward. Just the right tang for the sweet & Sour flavor. I had left over cooked chicken, made this sauce and heated the chicken in it. served with Chinese fried rice Thanks Lorac for aquick easy recipe that I shall use again (next time I will try pineapple juice.

  • foodtvfan

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe Lorac.I added some fresh pineapple chunks, small squares of green pepper, and simmered the sauce gently for a few minutes. Will definitely make this recipe again.

  • Busy Lindsay

    Super easy and tastes great! It thickened up nicely in very little time. I also tried it with a couple of dashes of tobassco sauce to give it some heat. I will not purchase bottle sauce any longer.

  • sunny_day

    Wow! I am no longer purchasing prepared sweet & sour sauce now that I have found this recipe. The taste is exactly like what I am buying in a jar and it is less expensive! I used it over stir fried veggies & rice and it was terrific. Also, I used the pineapple juice option.

  • Peter J

    Yum! I used green pepper / capsicum along with some pineapple chunks and stirred through some velvetted chicken in a wok after cooking which made a great & quick sweet and sour chicken dish.