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Homemade Sweet and Sour Sauce (Healthy)

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 - 1.5 cups 1x


This sweet and sour sauce recipe helps you create a a Chinese carry-out favorite, with a healthy twist. It has no refined sugar, but it tastes just like the real thing! Plus, it’s dairy fre and gluten freee, with no MSG or artificial colors.


Units Scale
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce or Asian red sauce of choice (check ingredients for hidden sugars)
  • 2 Tablespoons tamari sauce (or coconut aminos)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 4 teaspoons rice wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons arrowroot starch or cornstarch, combined with equal amount of cold water


  1. Add the pineapple juice, chili sauce, tamari (or coconut aminos), honey, and rice vinegar to a saucepan on medium heat.
  2. Stir to combine and continue cooking (on medium high) until the mixture comes to a boil.
  3. Mix the water and arrowroot together in a small bowl, then add it to the saucepan. Note – Be sure to thorough mix the slurry (arrowroot or cornstarch with water) so that the sauce does not get clumpy when mixed.
  4. Whisk well until the starch is fully mixed in and the sauce begins to thickened. Just a few minutes.
  5. Remove from heat to cool before serving.


Sugar Swaps and Substitutes

  • Substitute refined sugar free chili sauce for the traditional version if you can
  • If you want to reduce spice, then substitute chili sauce for natural tomato sauce (ketchup)
  • Use coconut aminos instead of tamari sauce
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Category: condiments
  • Method: stove
  • Cuisine: asian


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 104
  • Sugar: 23 g
  • Sodium: 338.3 mg
  • Fat: 0.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26.3 g
  • Fiber: 0.6 g
  • Protein: 0.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: sweet and sour sauce, homemade Asian sauces