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Chinese Sweet and Sour Sauce

Chinese sweet and sour sauce is full of complex flavors! Made with simple pantry ingredients, use it as a marinade or dipping sauce.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: condiments
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 8
Author: Kevin



  • In a small bowl mix together the cornstarch and water. Set aside.
  • In a small saucepan heat the oil over medium heat and whisk in the tomato paste. Cook on low for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the sugar, vinegar and soy sauce. Whisk to combine and cook another 3 minutes.
  • Stir the cornstarch slurry and slowly whisk into the saucepan. Cook for another 2-3 minutes and sauce has thickened (See Note 1). Add a tablespoon of water if a thinner sauce is preferred. Season to taste with more or less vinegar for a tarter flavored sauce or add a tablespoon of sugar for a sweeter.


  1. If any oil separates or if there are any lumps due to cornstarch, blitz using an immersion blender to smooth consistency.
  2. Nutrition based on 1/4 cup serving, this makes 2 cups total.
For Fried Wonton Strips
-1 package wonton wrappers
-vegetable canola, or peanut oil
Cut wrappers into strips about 3/4-inch strips.
Heat about 1-inch of oil in a deep skillet or Dutch oven. Heat oil to 350-360°F.
Fry in batches, spreading them out so they don't stick. Remove with a slotted spoon when they turn golden brown.
Drain on paper towel-lined plate.


Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 317mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.4mg