Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

Sweet and Sour Sauce is a sauce made by combing a sweet component and a sour component with cornstarch as the thickening agent. Some of the common sweet components are brown sugar, granulated white sugar, and honey. Rice vinegar, white vinegar, apple-cider vinegar, and pineapple juice are some of the common ingredients used as sour component.This sweet and sour recipe will give you a good sauce with the right balance of flavors.

The thing that I like most about this Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe is its ease in preparation — not to mention the fact that it does not take much time to make one. It also saves me money; instead of buying commercialized Sweet and Sour Sauce from the store, I make one for myself and my family with less than half of the cost.

This Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe is best used for fried and breaded meat like pork, chicken, and fish.

Try this Sweet and sour Sauce Recipe and let me know what you think.

Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe


  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar or white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoon cornstarch, dissolved in 5 teaspoons of water

Cooking Procedure

  1. Combine the sugar, ketchup, vinegar, and soy sauce in a bowl.
Mix the combined ingredients using a balloon whisk or fork.
Heat a saucepan then pour-in the sugar-ketchup-vinegar-soy sauce mixture. Stir once in a while and bring to a boil.
Pour-in the cornstarch diluted in water then continue stirring until the texture becomes thick.
Turn of the heat and transfer the sweet and sour sauce to a sauce bowl then serve.

Number of servings (yield): 3

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  1. jonalyn says:

    hi! What is white vinegar? My husband really loves lumpia so i want to prepare it for him with sweet and sour sauce.. Thanks!

  2. lovely, lush and georgiours

  3. Thanks for you invaluable contribution to every filipino food enthusiasts at home and abroad. Mabuhay ang Panlasang Pinoy at sa lahat ng bumubuo nito. God bless you all.

  4. Pede po bang pang substitute ang tapioca starch sa cornstarch?

  5. grabe napahanga talaga ako sa panlasang pinoy kasi ang dami ko natutunan lalo na ngaun bagong taon dito kasi aq kumukaha ng tips sa lulutuin ko ngaun new year.happy naman ako at dito ako dinala ng aking malilikot na kamay .sa pag hahanap ng mga free recipes.gudlock po sa panlasang pinoy…

  6. _thanks poh sah info ‘out how to make sweet and sour sauce for lumpiang shanghai..ngtry poh coh ng una..experiment lang poh..i used fLour instead of cornstarch and banana catsup instead of tmato..hahaha..imagine nio poh ang lasa..haha..kakasuka..! pero bcoz of ur recipe dat won’t happen again.. wg poh kaung mgsasawa sah pagpopost ng mga recipes..Godbless…=)

  7. thank u sir..ang dali lang pala..God bless u more!

  8. thanks for sharing your recipes. do you know where I can buy the ingredients for making ham?

  9. Freshman says:

    Ganito lang po pala ang simple, akala ko daming kailangan na sahog….

  10. hi, thanks sa panlasang pinoy, dami kong natututunan. good job

  11. Lisette says:

    Hello Sir! Just want to ask kung pwde ba yung UFC Banana Ketchup instead na Hunts Ketchup? If so,can you please tell me the measurement? kasi medyo manamis-namis na ang UFC Banana Ketchup eh tapos may sugar pa sa ingredients to this recipe..I hope you don’t mind,sir..
    Thank you po and God Bless!! More Power!!

  12. my daughter ask me to make sweet and sour pork,sabi k madali lang yan kc nand2 ang PANLASANG PINOY RECIPE, kaya everytime n medyo nahihirapan kng ag isip ng recipe ngayon may katulong n ako… thanks panlasang pinoy!

  13. npadami ata cornstarch ko kaya super lapot..i tried pouring in water but tumabang naman,,hhaayy sira ang dinner, we end up with fried breaded pork and ketsup :(

  14. Kuya…..ito din po ba yung sweet and sour sauce para sa lumpiang shanghai??

  15. Hi,

    I tried your siomai recipe and it was great. You taught us the secret that it tasted like the one prepared by my a close friend who do not want to share the recipe. thank you so much. I blogged in a diff recipe – sorry.
    I am waiting for the HUMBA – and camaron rebodsado pls.



  16. sir ginamit ko kse na vinegar ung del monte 1/3 cup maasim ata, magkaiba po ba ang rice vinegar or white vinegar sa del monte vinegar, ang kulay ng vinegar na delmonte na medyo brown? tnx

    • Joel, rice vinegar is preferred for this recipe. Medyo mild and rice vinegar than the cane vinegar that you used. If you really want to use that, you can always adjust the amount according to your taste preference.

  17. sir wala po b video ng sweet n sour sauce sa youtube?

  18. yuna12nishikawa says:

    nacraan ako ng ulo xa ka2icp kung pnu~ gn2 lng pla~~
    tenx poh PANLASANG PINOY! more powers!

  19. galing mo talaga…wla akong masabi

  20. Hi,

    Can you please show us how to maka “Tamales”.



  21. ay ganito lang pala:)

  22. hi,

    i’ve learned so much from this blog. thanks for sharing your menus and easy to do/prepare recipes. it’s been a big help to me being a working mom who has less time to prepare meals.

    by the way, i tried this sweet and sour sauce but it didn’t turn out as red as the outcome. why could i make it as red as in the picture?


  23. Kurt Anderson says:

    The Ketchup should have done that. If not use food coloring .