Sweet and tangy, this homemade sweet and sour sauce is ready in less than 10 minutes.
Just add the 6 ingredients to the pan, stir and simmer for a few minutes and you're done.
A fantastic dipping and drizzling sauce for prawn toast, coconut prawns and fried rice.
A handy sauce to have on standby in the fridge or freezer, this easy sweet and sour sauce is quick to prepare using minimal ingredients.
- Like it spicy?
- Want it extra sweet?
- Want a double batch?
No problem, I've got answers to all these questions and more in the recipe card.
📋 What do we need?
- Sugar - use light brown or dark brown sugar (I use light brown most of the time). Dark brown sugar is slightly more acidic, so if you like it really tangy, go with that one.
- Vinegar - I find malt vinegar give the best tangy for sweet and sour sauce. However, if you're making this for someone who can't have malt vinegar (i.e ceoliac) you can replace with white wine vinegar.
- Garlic and ginger - use fresh minced garlic or ginger, or you can replace with the minced garlic and ginger that comes in a jar. Both work equally well.
- Ketchup - I use good old Heinz as it's well seasoned and pretty inexpensive. No need to waste your gourmet ketchup on this sauce!
- Pineapple juice - use fresh, from-concentrate-cartons (I have been known to raid the kids juice cartons) or even the juice from a tin of pineapple in juice. Fresh bottled stuff has the most flavour, but there's more than enough flavour to compensate in the other ingredients if you use the cartons or tinned juice. I alternate between all three, and no-one ever notices the difference.
🔪 How to make sweet and sour sauce
- One of the simplest recipes on our site! Just add all the ingredients to the pan (full ingredient quantities in the recipe card at the bottom of this post), bring to the boil and simmer for 4-5 minutes until slightly thickened.
- Turn off the heat and serve!
- How about serving it up with coconut shrimp?👇
👩🍳PRO TIP You may be able to see some little flecks of ginger and garlic in the sauce. If you don't want to see them in your sauce, you can strain the sauce into a jug over a fine-mesh sieve.
📺 Watch how to make it
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Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe
- 2 garlic cloves - peeled and minced
- 1 tsp minced ginger
- 2 tbsp malt vinegar
- 150 ml (⅔ cup) tomato ketchup
- 6 tbsp light brown muscavado sugar
- 180 ml (¾ cup) pineapple juice - fresh, from a carton or from a tin of pineapple in juice
- Add all of the ingredients to a small saucepan and stir together.
- Heat over a medium-high heat. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes until slightly thickened.
- Turn off the heat and pour into a serving bowl. Serve hot, warm or cold.
You can make the sauce, then taste and add more sugar to taste. Added texture: Add fresh or tinned pineapple chunks for added texture. How to scale up this recipe You can double or even triple this recipe. You will need to simmer for an extra 5-7 minutes, until the thickness is to your liking if you're making a bigger batch. Nutritional information is per serving.
This recipes makes approx 360ml (1 ½ cups) - which i've counted as 6 servings.
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