If you’ve been wanting to create your own Asian inspired sauces to go with stir-frys and other delicious dishes, you’ve got to give this Sweet N Sour Sauce recipe a try!
Sweet n Sour Sauce Recipe
Asian food has to be one of my favorite types of cuisines. I love the balance that good Asian food has. When I first started learning how to make Asian sauces (instead of just pouring them out of a jar), my mom taught me to pay attention to the balance of five basic tastes: savory, sweet, sour, bitter and salty. Trying to strike an equal balance of these five tastes will ensure that you can create delicious sauces, every time.
Now that I am cooking for a toddler who prefers dishes on the sweeter side, I have been wanting to create a sweet and sour sauce recipe for her, without the food dye or preservatives. After experimenting with a couple different variations, I have found a super easy, but incredibly tasty sweet and sour sauce recipe. It might be worth mentioning that you can create this sweet and sour sauce recipe in only 5 minutes!
This sauce would be perfect to dunk chicken or homemade egg rolls into.
Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe
What You Need:
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 2 tbsp water
- 2/3 cup rice vinegar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp ketchup (try homemade ketchup!)
- 2 tsp soy sauce
Mix together cornstarch and water in a small bowl, and set aside. Add remaining ingredients to a small saucepan, and bring to a boil.
Add in cornstarch mixture (as a thickening agent) and mix thoroughly. Continue cooking an extra minute or two, until sauce is thick. Remove from heat and enjoy!
You can also add in 1/2 cup diced fresh pineapples, chopped onions or chopped bell peppers for a chunkier sauce.
My picky eating toddler loves this sauce so much, I can actually get her to eat a couple bites of chicken and vegetables, if she has this sauce to dip it in. And since I can make it so quickly, with ingredients I generally have on hand, it’s a perfect go-to recipe for hectic weeknights.
If you plan on making any homemade sauces you NEED to have some of these glass bottles. They fit perfectly in your fridge doors and they work great for pouring the sauces. They even come with the little “dropper” top (that is removable) so you don’t pour out way too much at once!
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Have you ever made your own sweet n sour sauce recipe? What is your favorite food to dip in sweet and sour sauce?