Sweet and Sour Sauce with Pineapple

This Sweet and Sour Sauce with Pineapple is perfect. It has the right balance of sweet to sour plus the pineapple and red pepper give it a lot of flavor. I’m not a fan of the gooey, syrupy, sweet  commercial sauces they try to call sweet and sour.

Sweet and Sour Sauce with Pineapple


A good sweet and sour sauce is something that everyone should have a recipe for.  There are so many foods that can benefit from a quick dip, or a drizzle, or a full coating of sweet and sour sauce. This sauce is perfect with the Shrimp Egg Rolls that I blogged about two days ago. Maybe egg rolls aren’t your thing, but there’s coconut shrimp, meatballs, chicken nuggets, this would be terrific on so many foods. Can you tell I’m a big fan of sweet and sour? 

Sweet and Sour Sauce with Pineapple
This recipe is very easy and doesn’t take long to make. For this batch, I didn’t have an 8 ounce can of crushed pineapple on hand so I just used my food processor to crush a can of pineapple chunks. I also used the FP to mince my red pepper. You can use chunk pineapple if you want, I do if I’m using the sauce for a sweet and sour main dish. If I’m using it as a dipping sauce hen I really do like to use crushed pineapple. It clings better. 

Sweet and Sour Sauce with Pineapple


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Sweet and Sour Sauce with Pineapple

Sweet and Sour Sauce with Pineapple

Sweet and Sour Sauce with Pineapple
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A perfect balance of sweet and sour in a sauce made for dipping.
Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: Asian
  • ¾ Cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch
  • 1 8 oz can of crushed pineapple with juice
  • ⅓ Cup vinegar
  • ⅓ Cup water
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce (I use lower sodium)
  • 1 small red pepper, chopped (about ⅓ cup)
  1. In a 2 qt. sauce pan, combine the brown sugar and cornstarch. Stir in the pineapple, vinegar, water and soy sauce.

  2. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 5 minutes to blend flavors, stir occasionally. Stir in red pepper and simmer about 2 minutes more, until desired thickness is reached. The sauce will thicken more as it cools.


11 thoughts on “Sweet and Sour Sauce with Pineapple

  1. We are really big wimps when it comes to spice! Would this still work without the peppers or maybe with red bell pepper instead?

  2. Thanks from me too, I like sweet and sour sauce with eggrolls, and also with coconut shrimp and with sweet and sour pork and, well, lots of things.


  3. Thanks, Nancy, this looks and sounds wonderful!!! How long do you think is the refrigerator shelf life of this sauce? I appreciate your reminding us that it’s nice to have it on hand to other dishes. I’m a sauce girl, as is my family!

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