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Easy homemade sweet and sour sauce

Easy homemade sweet and sour sauce - serve over veggies and your favourite protein for a tasty Chinese inspired feast! Vegetarian and vegan.

I’ve actually shared my easy homemade sweet and sour sauce recipe here on the blog before, years and years ago (5 years, in fact!!). But, I do think it’s worth me resharing old recipes once in a while – I bet 99% of you weren’t around to see the original when I first posted it, and unless you’ve spent hours delving into this site’s history (…please don’t, it’s not very pretty), you may never have found it. Plus, I’m a bit sleep deprived at the moment and I only have about 3 minutes to think about food at any one time, so I’ve been revisiting a few old favourites that I know for sure will turn out well.

Easy homemade sweet and sour sauce - serve over veggies and your favourite protein for a tasty Chinese inspired feast! Vegetarian and vegan.

This easy homemade sweet and sour sauce is definitely a foolproof recipe, and it tastes even better than the shop-bought stuff. Mix together a few cupboard staples, pour the mixture over your chosen combination of veggies, and let it cook down until you’re happy with the consistency. That’s all there is to it – it really couldn’t be easier. I like to cook mine until it’s fairly thick and sticky, but you can leave it a bit saucier if you prefer.

Easy homemade sweet and sour sauce - serve over veggies and your favourite protein for a tasty Chinese inspired feast! Vegetarian and vegan.

I served my homemade sweet and sour sauce simply with vegetables, but you could add some extra protein if you like. I wanted to add some tofu, but they didn’t have any in the supermarket, so I had to stick to just veggies. That’s the last time I try shopping somewhere new (although I did find a tin of bamboo shoots, which meant they redeemed themselves slightly…).

I added some soy beans (edamame) for a bit of protein instead – I love those things, they’re so yummy and such an easy way to inject a bit of protein into a meal.

Serve over rice, and your homemade Chinese-style dinner is sorted.

Easy homemade sweet and sour sauce - serve over veggies and your favourite protein for a tasty Chinese inspired feast! Vegetarian and vegan.

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4.8 from 5 votes

Easy homemade sweet and sour sauce

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 3 people
Calories:
Author: Becca Heyes

Ingredients

For the stir fried vegetables:

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 bell peppers, diced (I used red, yellow and green)
  • 3 medium mushrooms, sliced
  • 150 g (~ 1 cup) frozen edamame (soy beans)
  • 225 g tin bamboo shoots, drained (120g, or ~ 1 cup, when drained) (optional)
  • 185 g (~ 1 cup) pineapple chunks (I used tinned)

For the homemade sweet and sour sauce:

  • 125 ml (~ 1/2 cup) tomato ketchup
  • 125 ml (~ 1/2 cup) pineapple juice (I used the juice from a tin of pineapple chunks)
  • 4 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp honey (or agave nectar)

Instructions

  • Heat a dash of oil in a large frying pan or wok, and add all the chopped vegetables and pineapple. Stir fry for a few minutes, until slightly softened.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine all of the sauce ingredients, and mix well. Pour over the vegetables, and bring to a simmer. Cook until the sauce has thickened to your liking - around 10-20 minutes.

Note: Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on exactly what ingredients you choose. Information above is for 1/3 of the recipe, not including rice.

Why not start your Chinese-inspired feast with some nutty tofu lettuce wraps with peanut sauce?

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Maili

Tuesday 28th of January 2020

We have had this a few times, but this week I decided to try it in the slow cooker as I am in desperate need of meals the kids will eat that are ready in 5 minutes. It was delicious and worked fine with no tweaking. I put the sauce, broccoli, carrots, pepper and a bag of frozen quorn pieces in on low and left it for about 5 1/2 hrs. 10 minutes before we ate, we stirred in the pineapple. We had it with microwave rice and the boys have asked to have it again.

Becca @ Easy Cheesy Vegetarian

Friday 7th of February 2020

Great idea to use the slow cooker!! And great to know it works well - might try that myself :)

Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs

Wednesday 20th of September 2017

I am so sharing this with my OH. I also make my sweet and sour with ketchup and he thinks I'm mad. Maybe I will make yours for him - not letting on there's ketchup - and see if he notices haha! Great recipe :D

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Sunday 24th of September 2017

Haha! I'm sure you can do it without ketchup but that's how I've always done it - has more of a sweetness and tanginess than something like tomato puree!

Michelle @ Greedy Gourmet

Wednesday 20th of September 2017

Sweet and sour sauce is so much better homemade minus all the preservatives. I've discovered that you can freeze it in batches too!

Jemma

Tuesday 19th of September 2017

We love sweet and sour here and make our own. It's so easy to make and I love that you can control the sugar content.

Oolou

Monday 11th of September 2017

Very yummy. I start to giggle after the first mouthful. It's that good.

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Wednesday 13th of September 2017

Haha! Thank you! Praise indeed :D

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