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Pineapple Sweet and Sour Sauce

Rated as 4.8 out of 5 Stars

"I have tried a few different recipes for sweet and sour sauce from this site and from other cookbooks and none of them ever seemed to be quite right, so I experimented a few times and this is the one I liked the best. Now it's the only sauce I use for my sweet and sour pork or chicken."
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30 m servings 58
Original recipe yields 24 servings (3 cups)


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  1. Whisk 1/4 cup pineapple juice and cornstarch together in a small bowl until smooth.
  2. Combine cornstarch mixture, remaining 1 3/4 cup pineapple juice, sugar, ketchup, vinegar, soy sauce, crushed pineapple, and garlic powder in a large pot over high heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until sauce comes to a gentle boil. Reduce heat and continue to simmer until sauce is clear and reaches desired consistency, 15 to 25 minutes.


  • Cook's Note:
  • I always use the pineapple juice from 2 cans of pineapple chunks and crush 4 to 5 of the chunks for the crushed pineapple, then the pineapple chunks are ready for your sweet and sour pork or chicken.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 58 calories; 0.1 14.3 0.3 0 160 Full nutrition

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I just had to review this because I couldn't believe no one else had. I'm going to be honest and say I eyeballed most of the ingredients and just added to taste but every single batch I've made ...

One of the best sweet and sour recipes I have made.

Just what I was looking for. I had all the ingredients on hand & it was easy to make. I followed the recipe exactly, didn't add crushed pineapple to the sauce since it was optional. Even my ...

Really good. I added a little butter to this to give it a richer flavor. The whole family approved. Keeper!

I did not make any changes. This recipe is delicious! I made this recipe last year too, but am finally reviewing it. DELICIOUS!!!!

Didn’t use garlic powder. Very good recipe. Reduced sugar a bit. Was very good with our chicken balls. Will certainly make again.

I substituted orange juice for pineapple and added some green pepper chunks as it was simmering. We all loved it and will definitely make it again!

The sauce is amazing! I added green bell pepper and used white vinegar.

I had never made sweet and sour chicken and wanted to try it. This recipe looked closest to what I was looking for. It was excellent! I may never order Chinese food out again. It was so easy to ...