Sweet and Sour Sauce

This is my go-to simple sweet and sour sauce. Perfect on our sweet and sour meatball sliders. We also use this sauce on our appetizer meatballs and chicken with rice. And stir-fried shrimp with rice. Well, any time you need sweet and sour sauce, this is the perfect homemade solution!

Sweet and Sour Meatball Sliders

This sauce is also a favorite for dipping our homemade chicken nuggets. If no one is looking I might sneak in a few pinches of red pepper flake to counter the sweetness just a bit. The sauce is also good drizzled over stir-fried vegetables.

If you aren’t a fan of cornstarch as a thickener, just substitute tapioca powder.

Sweet and Sour Sauce

Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 cups

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place corn starch and 2 ounces of water into a small bowl and whisk until combined completely.
  • Place remaining ingredients (don’t forget to add the remaining 6 ounces of water) into a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Whisk to combine.
  • Bring sauce to a slow boil and let boil for 1 minute.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer and slowly whisk in the corn starch mixture. Be careful because the mixture will tend to rise (and almost double in volume), so don’t add the corn starch too quickly.
  • Continue whisking, cooking 5 minutes, until thickened.

Nutritional values are approximate.

Copycat McDonald’s Sweet and Sour Sauce

Yep, it tastes just like the stuff you get for your nuggets at the fast food chain. We made a batch of this copycat of McDonald’s sweet and sour sauce for dipping some homemade chicken nuggets. As a teen, and when I was in college, I ate my share of McDonald’s chicken nuggets. I always had them with the sweet and sour sauce, and I wasn’t shy about dipping either. Times have changed. Now I make my own nuggets and sauce.

Copycat McDonald's Sweet and Sour Sauce

This sauce freezes well, so make an extra batch and keep some on hand for those times when you want a quick chicken nugget snack with a great dipping sauce.

McDonald’s Sweet and Sour Sauce

Yep, it tastes just like the stuff you get for your nuggets at the fast food chain.
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 131kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients except the water into a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.
  • Transfer to a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Stir in the water.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and continue simmering until thickened.
  • Serve warm for dipping.

Nutrition

Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 214mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 31IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.