Close up of a dumpling being dipped into a bowl of Simple Sweet and Sour Sauce
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Simple Sweet and Sour Sauce

This Simple Sweet and Sour Sauce can be whipped up in minutes with only a few pantry staples, so you don't have to keep another condiment in your fridge! 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Total Cost: $0.79 recipe / $0.20 serving
Servings: 4 2 Tbsp each
Calories: 58.68kcal
Author: Beth - Budget Bytes


  • 1/4 cup brown sugar $0.16
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar $0.48
  • 2 Tbsp ketchup $0.10
  • 1 tsp soy sauce $0.04
  • 2 Tbsp water $0.00
  • 1 tsp cornstarch $0.01


  • Combine all the ingredients in a small pot and whisk until the sugar and cornstarch have dissolved. The sauce will have a slightly milky brown appearance.
  • Heat the sauce over medium, while whisking, until it begins to simmer. Once it begins to simmer the cornstarch will thicken the sauce and it will turn from cloudy to shiny in appearance. Serve immediately.
  • Serve the sweet and sour sauce immediately or refrigerate for up to one week.


Serving: 2Tbsp | Calories: 58.68kcal | Carbohydrates: 14.83g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0g | Sodium: 148.25mg | Fiber: 0g