Simple & Quick Sweet & Sour Sauce
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One of the things I miss the most about not eating a typical convenience diet anymore is Chinese restaurants. Back when my husband and I were dating and even into our first couple years of being newlyweds, we had Chinese all the time. Asian flavors and cuisine is just something we really enjoy, and the feel of a Chinese meal brings back a lot of precious dating memories to me.

Simple & Quick Sweet & Sour Sauce
Most of the Chinese take-out or food served in Chinese restaurants (at least here in America) are riddled with MSG and other preservatives, along with questionable meat sourcing. The use of soy products that are not prepared properly in a fermented state as their Chinese great grand parents would have used back in China is also common practice. The soy you find in these restaurants along with most store shelves are products of gut stripping GMO crops and is just a bad idea over all. This is a great read on the dangers of modern soy.

So! I have spent hours in the kitchen recreating the classic Chinese meals we adored years ago. I feel like I have nailed a few of them. My husband’s favorite is this General Tso’s. I was always a fan of sweet and sour dishes so I have been using this sweet and sour sauce for years. It keeps so great in the freezer so it can pull out just as convenient as store bought.

Simple & Quick Sweet & Sour Sauce
It whisks up in the pan in 10 minutes and you are done. The soy replacement of coconut aminos, along with wine vinegar give a salty sour bite to to the fresh squeezed bright and sweet orange juice. No need for fancy equipment! I just use this simple orange juicer and it really gets all of the juice out!

Simple & Quick Sweet & Sour Sauce
Pour it over your favorite Chinese stir fry or use it for dipping sauce! It is also so good drizzled over shredded chicken in a sandwich wrap!

Simple & Quick Sweet & Sour Sauce

Simple and Quick Sweet & Sour Sauce

Renee -
Sweet and sour is a classic takeout taste people crave. Skip the lines and unknown ingredients and make this with real food the next time the craving hits.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Condiment
Cuisine Asian
Servings 8 servings



  • Everything but the arrowroot into a small sauce pan and bring to a slow simmer for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Whisk in the arrowroot/water mixture until it thickens and turn off the heat. You can serve with your dinner right away or store in the fridge for a week or freezer for months.
Keyword homemade sweet and sour sauce, sweet and sour sauce recipe
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What are your favorite Chinese meals?? Let me know if you try out the sauce!

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  1. 5 stars
    Homemade Sweet & Sour sauce, I looove it! I don’t like any store bought ones, as they just don’t taste right and are loaded with unnecessary sugar, additives, etc. I am definitely going to make this, I really can’t wait. Pinned too 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    My Fiance will be thrilled! He’s really missed sauces like this since we started really looking at ingredients a few years ago. Thanks for this recipe, I’m going to give it a go this week! 🙂

  3. Wow, this is simply yummy. Thanks! I made sweet and sour chicken wings and they tasted awesome!

  4. 5 stars
    Holy yum. I so miss sweet and sour sauce without all the junk and this looks on point! Can’t wait to try it out with some stir fry.