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Sweet and Sour Cherry Sauce

This sweet and sour sauce is an easy to make recipe that tastes like your favorite Chinese restaurant version. It is delicious as a dip, in stir-fry, or drizzled on chicken, pork, vegetables, noodles, or rice.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Pantry
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: cherry sweet and sour sauce
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 45kcal
Author: Grow a Good Life



  • Combine the pineapple juice with the corn starch to make a slurry, and set aside (this will be used to thicken the sauce later).
  • Stem, pit and slice the cherries in half. Extract the cherry juice by combining the prepared cherries with 3 tablespoons of water in a small saucepan.
  • Simmer over low heat until the fruit softens. Gently mash the cherries with a potato masher, and continue simmering until the juices are released.
  • Strain and discard the solids. Measure out 1/8 cup of cherry juice (add more water if needed).
  • Add the cherry juice, ketchup, vinegar, and soy sauce to the saucepan. Heat and stir over medium heat until combined.
  • Add the sugar and continue simmering over medium heat while stirring. Taste and add more sugar if you want a sweeter flavor.
  • Once the sugar is dissolved, stir the pineapple juice slurry, and add it to the saucepan.
  • While stirring, bring the saucepan to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and allow the sweet and sour sauce to cool. Makes about 2 cups.
  • Use immediately, or store the refrigerator for up to a week, or freeze for up to 4 months.


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 0.2g | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 14mg | Sugar: 10.5g | Calcium: 4mg