Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce Recipe
  • READY IN 7 mins

Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce

Recipe by  

"A great sauce for dipping almost any Asian inspired dish in! Should you desire a thicker consistency than what this recipe yields, dissolve another 1/4 teaspoon of cornstarch in 1/8 to 1/4 cup of cold water. Once dissolved, stir the mixture into the sauce and continue to heat and whisk until sauce thickens."

+ Recipe Box + Shopping List + Menu Print

Ingredients Edit and Save

Original recipe makes 1 cup Change Servings
  • PREP

    2 mins
  • COOK

    5 mins

    7 mins


  1. In a small saucepan over a medium-low heat, whisk (using a metal whisk) together vinegar and cornstarch. Add oil, pineapple juice, ketchup, brown sugar, and salt; whisking constantly until the mixture is heated through.
Kitchen-Friendly View

Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 25, 2004

Very good! It's more sour than sweet, so if you like it sweet then add more of the pineapple juice and brown sugar.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 25, 2004

sorry!! I meant my criticism for another recipe.

May 17, 2010

Great dipping sauce! If you like more sweet than sour, use rice wine vinegar instead of white vinegar. I also like my sauces a little thicker, so I added a bit more cornstarch as the submitter suggested. If you want a richer color, add a couple drops of red food coloring - it works wonders. This stuff was great and my husband took one taste and all he could say was "Mmmmmmm". We ate this with egg rolls, and it was perfect.

Dec 01, 2005

This was really good! I was looking for a sauce to use to make sweet sour chicken with veggies and this worked great. I sauteed some chicken until browned, added sliced carrots, onions red peppers, cooked for a few more minutes, then added the sauce and let it simmer for about 10 minutes. It thickened a little and coated everything nicely. Easy and tasty!

Jan 25, 2004

This is a great all-purpose dipping sauce. I use it for spring rolls, coconut shrimp and pot stickers. I made it a bit thicker, and I also like it with red pepper flakes or a bit of chili paste in it.

Jun 10, 2007

the very best homemade recipe so far, only I have had better at restaurants -- I used rice wine vinegar which is an asian ingredient vinegar, & it gave it a more authentic taste.

Nov 28, 2005

I wanted to use this sauce with stir fry so I added a little extra cornstarch to make it a little thicker but made no other changes. This was exactly what I was looking for and I will be using it as a dipping sauce soon.

Jan 01, 2011

This came out much thinner than I wanted, so I added another teaspoon of corn starch to a teaspoon of cold water, stirred in and let simmer for 4-6 minutes. Perfect, and I LOVE that it wasn't bright red! Update Jan. 1, 2011: started with 2 tsp corn starch, used seasoned rice wine vinegar, 3/4 tsp canola oil and 1/4 tsp sesame oil, no salt, and left everything else the same, and it was awesome. 5-star keeper!


Rate This Recipe

Glad you liked it! Your friends will, too:


  • Calories
  • 46 kcal
  • 2%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 8.9 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 1.2 g
  • 2%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 44 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

See More
Subscribe Today!

In Season

Mealtime Money-Savers
Mealtime Money-Savers

Browse through over 500 recipes for delicious, budget-friendly meals.

Can What You Can't
Can What You Can't

The old saying goes, "Eat what you can, and can what you can't!" We have the know-how.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

Related Videos

Sweet and Sour Sauce I

A traditional sweet and sour sauce for meatballs, tempura, egg rolls, and more.

How to Make Sweet and Sour Pork

See how to make a lighter, easier version of sweet and sour pork.

Sweet and Sour Pork III

Discover the secrets to making succulent sweet and sour pork.

Recently Viewed Recipes

Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States