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Chinese sweet and sour sauce served in a clear glass bowl alongside crispy wonton strips.

Sweet and Sour Sauce

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This Chinese sweet and sour sauce recipe takes only 8 minutes to make! Enjoy this delicious Asian condiment as a dipping sauce or glaze. It’s a family favorite!


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  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons corn starch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 3 drops red food coloring


  1. Add sugar, corn starch and salt to a small pot. Whisk to combine and remove lumps. Add water, rice vinegar, Shaoxing wine, soy sauce, and red food coloring to the pot. Whisk until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Place pot over medium heat. Continuously whisk until mixture comes to a boil. The sauce should be thick, smooth and clear. Remove from heat. If the desired consistency has not yet been reached, continue to stir the mixture in the hot pan after the heat has been turned off. If the thickened sauce is boiled for too long, it will break (lose its ability to emulsify) and become thin!
  3. Immediately transfer sweet and sour sauce from the hot pot to a small bowl.


How to store sweet and sour sauce: Store it in an airtight jar and refrigerate for up to 1 week. When the sauce is cold the texture will thicken like Jello. To thin it back out again, gently whisk it with a bit of Shaoxing wine, rice vinegar or water in a saucepan over low heat.

  • Prep Time: 3 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 Minutes
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian