An Easy-as-Pie Sweet and Sour Sauce (no red sauce here...golden)


After having to put up with the so-called 'sweet and sour sauce' that they serve in American Asian restaurants (theirs are only sweet), I got this recipe from a friend in Alaska when I was stationed up there years ago.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
3 cups


  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ¾ cup chicken broth

  • ¾ cup white vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • ¼ cup cold water

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch


  1. Stir sugar, chicken broth, white vinegar, vegetable oil, soy sauce, salt, and garlic together in a saucepan; bring to a boil.

  2. Whisk water and cornstarch together until cornstarch is dissolved; whisk into the boiling mixture. Cook sauce until thickened, 5 to 7 minutes.


Cook's Notes:

Use a pot that allows room for the bubbling sauce, as it will burn skin in a pan that's too small when it bubbles and you're stirring.

Unlike the majority or American restaurants that I've been in, this is truly a sweet and sour flavor and is golden in color, as opposed to red.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

83 Calories
1g Fat
19g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 83
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 244mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 1mg 0%
Potassium 3mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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