Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

This is a simple homemade recipe for sweet and sour sauce. Sweet and sour sauce is used primarily for chicken or pork dishes, but can also be used for fish as well.

This recipe seems a little bit simple, and isn’t 100% authentic, but it is a delicious sweet and sour sauce you can make in about ten minutes.

Sweet and Sour Sauce recipe - pork not included

Pork not included.

Sweet and Sour Sauce Ingredients

To make about two cups of sweet and sour sauce you will use:

  • Three quarters of a cup of sugar
  • Two thirds of a cup of water
  • A third of a cup of white vinegar
  • A quarter cup of soy sauce
  • About a tablespoon of ketchup
  • And about two tablespoons of corn starch

To make more sauce, just multiply the ingredients. Don’t worry too much about being exact with your math. Minor variations taste pretty much the same, anyways.

How to Make Sweet and Sour Sauce

Bring a saucepan to medium-high heat and start combining ingredients.

It’s usually easiest to combine the water, vinegar, soy sauce, ketchup and corn starch first, and slowly stir in the sugar. It’s quite a bit of sugar and you want to make sure it fully dissolves to ensure your sauce ends up delicious.

While you’re stirring, your mixture should gradually come to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, slightly reduce the heat. Continue simmering until it starts to thicken.

The cooking time should only be about five to seven minutes, but going a bit longer is okay to get a thicker sauce.

Tips for Making Sweet and Sour Sauce

  • You can substitute out the white vinegar for rice vinegar if you want to get all fancy and authenticy, but most people prefer the familiar taste of white vinegar.
  • Don’t worry if the sauce continues at a rolling boil when you reduce the heat during the cooking time. It doesn’t end up “burnt” unless you really, really overdo it. The higher the temperature while you simmer it, the quicker it cooks. Bringing it down a bit further is probably the best plan, though.

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Spicy Jalapeno Peppers and some purple things too

This recipe is fairly similar to this habanero hot sauce recipe, but jalapenos are much milder and easier to eat in greater quantities.

You will need a food processor.

Hot Sauce Ingredients

For this recipe you will need about twenty fresh jalapeno peppers.

You will also need fresh garlic and onion. A little bit of salt and vinegar will be required as well.

You will also need vegetable oil for preparation, and some water. Hopefully you know where to find water.

How to Make Hot Sauce

Chop up about twenty fresh jalapeno peppers. You can slice them, dice them, whatever you’d like. They will be run through a food processor later, anyways.

Chop up three to four garlic cloves and a medium onion as well.

Coat a medium saucepan with a bit of vegetable oil and heat over high heat.

Combine the sliced peppers, garlic, and onion and saute for four or five minutes. Add about three quarters of a teaspoon of salt while sauteeing.

Add two cups of water and cook the mixture, stirring often. After about twenty minutes, remove from heat.

Once the mixture cools to room temperature, pour everything into a food processor and puree. Slowly add one cup of white vinegar during the pureeing process.

And you’re left with a delicious jalapeno pepper spicy hot sauce.

Tips for Preparing and Using Hot Sauce

  • If you pour the mixture into a sterilized jar it can be kept in the fridge for four to six months.
  • For a thicker sauce, process less. For a runnier sauce, increase the amounts of water and vinegar slightly.
  • For a spicier hot sauce, try out this habanero hot sauce recipe instead.
  • For something more “mass-market” approved you can check out our knock-off recipe for Frank’s Red Hot.

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