• Water 100 ml
  • Cornstarch 1/2 tsp • 338 kcal
  • Tomato paste 2 tsps
  • Rice vinegar 45 ml
  • Sugar 35 gr • 470 kcal
Calories refers to 100 gr of product

Sweet and sour sauce is the typical sauce of Chinese cuisine, great for accompanying your delicious Oriental dishes such as shrimps or chicken, or the loveliest spring rolls. Simple and fast to prepare, the original recipe of homemade sweet and sour sauce will surprise all your guests.

How to Make Sweet and Sour Sauce

Blend cornstarch with cold water (1) until it is completely melted. Now pour the water into a non-stick small pot, add tomato concentrate, rice vinegar, sugar and a pinch of salt (2). Turn on the fire and let it heat up, until the sauce will begin to thicken. Then, immediately transfer the sauce into a cold container (3). The sauce must not be too liquid or too dense. Just find your compromise. If you taste the sauce and you feel that there is too much vinegar, just add some sugar, and viceversa.

To make a spicy sweet and sour sauce, you can add some chilli pepper: wash and finely chop half a chilli pepper, remove the internal seeds that contain too much capsaicin, and put the chilli pepper in the small pot before turning on the fire.

How to use sweet and sour sauce

The sweet and sour sauce is perfect for wontons, chicken nuggets and fish sticks.

It goes well with sweet and sour chicken or pork and can be used as a glaze for grilled dishes.

How to store sweet and sour sauce

You can store your sweet and sour sauce in an airtight container. Such containers properly retain the flavors and aromas of the seasonings. If you want to extend its life and usefulness, you can store it in the refrigerator.


Sweet and sour sauce was born in the millennial Chinese cuisine. It was later exported by the Arabs and came to our kitchens. Sweet and sour sauce is very low cost, in fact – during the Great Cultural Revolution – the Party provided it in large quantities to the people. Being a popular sauce it is subject to change depending on the region of origin, in fact some people use honey instead of sugar, or also cloves, or ginger. Other people, instead of the tomato, use the ketchup that is already sweet and sour.