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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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Whisk 1/4 cup pineapple juice and cornstarch together in a small bowl until smooth.

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  • 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.

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Nutrition Facts

57.6 calories; 0.3 g protein; 14.3 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 159.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2016
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 has been downright superb!!! I agree nothing else tastes quite right and this one just hits the spot. It's become a staple in our household. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2016
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 has been downright superb!!! I agree nothing else tastes quite right and this one just hits the spot. It's become a staple in our household. Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2016
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 has been downright superb!!! I agree nothing else tastes quite right and this one just hits the spot. It's become a staple in our household. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2017
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 pickiest eater liked it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/13/2017
One of the best sweet and sour recipes I have made. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2018
The sauce is amazing! I added green bell pepper and used white vinegar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/12/2018
I did not make any changes. This recipe is delicious! I made this recipe last year too but am finally reviewing it. DELICIOUS!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2020
Great sauce, I did add ginger, cut the white sugar in half and added brown sugar, used a third of ACV and replaced the rest with distilled, a drop of lime juice used pineapple chunks, some cut up bell pepper and scallions, because I used this sauce for Sweet n Sour MeatBalls. It was Amazing;-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2018
Really good. I added a little butter to this to give it a richer flavor. The whole family approved. Keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2019
I m not exactly the best for measuring things but even so the combo of ingredients makes for a beautiful sauce. It is simmering to perfection right now and I am quite happy. The only real change I made was instead of crushed pineapple I bought real pineapple and have it a rough blend in water. Thanks! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/13/2020
Delicious and really easy to make. We like sweet and sour sauce as a dipping sauce for egg rolls, so I'm going to try making a smaller batch for that. It's worth the small amount of effort because it's ten times better than anything that comes in a jar. Read More