Tangy & Tempting: Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

Hark! Hearken unto me, dear reader, for I have a wondrous recipe to share with thee. This recipe is none other than the savory and delectable Sweet and Sour Sauce – Dairy Free Recipe.

It is a recipe that will please even the most discerning of palates. Part of its magic lies in its simplicity; it requires only a few ingredients, all of which are easy to obtain. But do not be fooled, for this sauce is mighty in flavor and pairs well with many dishes.

In our modern day, when so many foods contain dairy and gluten, it can be difficult to find recipes that cater to alternative dietary needs. But fear not, for this recipe is both gluten-free and dairy-free. It is perfect for those who are lactose intolerant, vegan or simply desire a more healthful diet.

So without further ado, read on to discover the secrets of this Sweet and Sour Sauce – Dairy Free Recipe. Your taste buds will thank thee!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Sweet and Sour Sauce - Dairy Free
Sweet and Sour Sauce – Dairy Free

Oh, dear food enthusiasts! Behold the recipe for the Sweet and Sour Sauce – Dairy Free Recipe! This recipe is healthier, tastier, and easier to make than any sauce recipe you have tried before. You must be thinking how?

Firstly, this sauce is gluten-free and dairy-free, making it perfect for vegetarians, vegans, and those with dietary restrictions. It’s also low in FODMAPs, so it won’t upset your stomach.

Secondly, it’s a versatile sauce that can be used in so many dishes. You can use this sauce to make pineapple chicken, orange chicken breast, tofu stir fry or just enjoy it as a dipping sauce with noodles. The possibilities are endless!

Thirdly, the combination of sweet and sour flavors is sure to satisfy anyone’s taste buds. The blend of apple cider vinegar, pineapple juice, and ketchup gives an outstanding flavor to this sauce that you can’t resist.

Lastly but not least this recipes uses all-natural ingredients that are readily available in your pantry. It doesn’t contain any preservatives or additives like those sauces from fast-food chains such as McDonald’s.

So what are you waiting for? Use this sweet and savory sauce to elevate any dish you cook!

Ingredient List

 A sweet and tangy sauce that will make your taste buds dance!
A sweet and tangy sauce that will make your taste buds dance!

Let’s take a look at the ingredients needed for this tantalizing sweet and sour sauce that is dairy-free and gluten-free.

For the sauce ingredients, you will need:

  • 1/4 cup Tamari soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup (if vegan)
  • 2 tablespoons chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • Pepper, to taste

For the chicken ingredients, you will need:

  • 2 cups chicken breast, cut into chunks (for sour chicken)
  • Alternatively, use tofu for vegan or pineapple for a vegetarian option

Note: If you are looking for a low FODMAP option substitute honey with maple syrup and garlic with garlic-infused oil.

The Recipe How-To

 Add some pizzazz to your dish with this homemade sweet and sour sauce.
Add some pizzazz to your dish with this homemade sweet and sour sauce.

Let’s dive into the how-to to create this sweet and sour sauce recipe that is both dairy-free and gluten-free.

Step 1: Combine the sauce ingredients

In a medium-sized saucepan, whisk together 1/2 cup of pineapple juice, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup rice vinegar, 1/4 cup coconut aminos, 1/3 cup ketchup, and 1/2 cup coconut sugar.

Step 2: Cook the sauce

Heat the mixture over medium-high heat until it comes to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 10 minutes until the sauce thickens. Don’t forget to stir occasionally to prevent it from burning on the bottom.

Step 3: Adjust seasoning

Taste the sauce and adjust the flavor with more sweet or sour. You can add some honey or maple syrup to make it sweeter or add a pinch of red pepper flakes for extra spice.

Step 4: Thicken (optional)

If you want a thicker consistency, combine 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water in a small bowl. Mix well until you get rid of any lumps, then stir it into the sauce. Let simmer for another minute or two, until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.

There you have it! A dairy-free, gluten-free, and healthy sweet sour sauce perfect for your next stir fry, noodle dish or even as a dip for tofu or chicken bites. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or freeze it for later use. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 Who needs takeout when you can make this delicious sauce at home?
Who needs takeout when you can make this delicious sauce at home?

Hark, forsooth, thou may findeth thyself lacking in a few of the ingredients required for this sweet and sour sauce recipe. Fear not, here are some substitutions and variations that may aid thee in thy cooking endeavors.

Firstly, if soy sauce be not to thy liking, thou canst employ the use of coconut aminos or tamari soy sauce as a substitute. For those yearning for a low FODMAP alternative, replace garlic with a pinch of asafoetida or omit it entirely.

In lieu of ketchup, tomato sauce can be utilized without compromising the quality or taste of the dish. Alternately, thou couldst mix together 1/2 cup of honey vinegar, 1/3 cup of cider vinegar and 1 cup of tomato sauce.

Those seeking gluten-free sweet and sour sauce need only switch out ordinary flour-based noodles for rice noodles or try it with tofu instead of chicken breast.

Additionally, shouldst thou crave a more vegan-friendly option, leave out the chicken altogether and instead stir fry some veggies such as orange cut into heart-shaped chunks (or another vegetable) and pair it with tofu or noodles. For a unique twist on the traditional sweet and sour sauce recipe, try mixing in some chopped pineapple or orange with the sour chicken ingredients to create pineapple chicken.

In conclusion, there are many substitutions and variations one can experiment with when making sweet and sour sauce. With these suggestions in mind, thou art sure to create a dish that satisfies thy palate and preferences.

Serving and Pairing

 Elevate your cooking game with this easy dairy-free sweet and sour sauce.
Elevate your cooking game with this easy dairy-free sweet and sour sauce.

Hark! Sweet and sour sauce can bring any dish to life with its bold and tangy flavors. This dairy-free recipe is sure to delight your taste buds and elevate your meal to new heights. Let me share some ideas for serving and pairing this saucy delight.

Serving Suggestions:

– Pour over stir-fry veggies or noodles for a vegan dish that is both flavorful and satisfying.

– Drizzle over grilled chicken breast or tofu for an easy and delicious protein boost.

– Dip crispy chicken nuggets or onion rings into the sauce for a yummy appetizer.

– Use it as a marinade for meats.

Pairing Ideas:

– This gluten-free sweet and sour sauce pairs perfectly with rice dishes, particularly those containing tropical fruits such as pineapples, oranges or mangoes.

– If you’re looking for more of an East Asian flavor, pair with steamed vegetables or fried rice.

– The spiciness of this sweet sour sauce makes it perfect for pairing with hot wings, if you like spice with your wings!

– It also goes well as dipping sauce in some vegetable spring rolls.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to using sweet and sour sauce in your meals. Feel free to experiment with different food combinations until you find the perfect match. This dairy-free recipe is versatile and delicious. Whatever dish you decide to pair it with, I promise it will be finger-licking good!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Perfect for dipping, marinating or adding the finishing touch to your meal.
Perfect for dipping, marinating or adding the finishing touch to your meal.

Hark thee! The sweet and sour sauce recipe can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week in an airtight container. This makes it very convenient to whip up a quick meal when thou haste little time on thy plate.

To reheat, simply warm the sauce in a small pot over low heat with a splash of water or broth to prevent it from drying out. Be mindful not to overheat it, as this might cause the ingredients to separate and lose flavour. Stir the sauce occasionally until it is heated thoroughly.

If thou desirest to make a large batch of sweet and sour sauce for future use, it can be frozen for up to three months without losing much of its flavour. To freeze, allow the sauce to cool down completely before transferring it into an airtight container or a freezer-safe bag.

When thou art ready to use the frozen sweet and sour sauce, let it defrost slowly in the refrigerator overnight. Once thawed, reheat as directed above.

But beware! Reheating sweet and sour chicken repeatedly might cause the protein to become rubbery and lose its texture. Therefore, it is important always to store sauces and chicken separately.

With these tips at hand, thou shalt be able to enjoy your healthy sweet and sour sauce any day of the week, without compromising on flavour!

Tips for Perfect Results

 No dairy? No problem! This sauce is still creamy and full of flavor.
No dairy? No problem! This sauce is still creamy and full of flavor.

As a nutritionist, I always strive to make dishes that not only taste delicious but also offer wholesome nourishment. Here are a few tips to ensure that your Sweet and Sour Sauce comes out perfect every time:

1. Keep an eye on the sugar content:

While the recipe’s sweetness is essential, it is important to maintain balance. You can adjust the amount of sugar or sweetness by reducing ketchup or adding more vinegar.

2. Use fresh ingredients:

To obtain the full depth of flavors, use fresh ingredients such as fresh ginger and garlic instead of powdered ones. Buy high-quality soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and chili sauce from a reputable store.

3. Pay attention while cooking:

While making sweet and sour sauce, make sure you don’t overcook or undercook any ingredient to maintain its freshness and taste.

4. Experiment with different types of acids:

You can customize your sweet and sour sauce by experimenting with different acids like balsamic vinegar or lime juice to give it a unique tang.

5. Add Pineapple Juice for an extra tropical burst:

For an added fruity twist, you can include some pineapple juice in the recipe which will give your sauce its tropical burst.

6. Thicken it up:

If you find that your sweet and sour sauce is too thin, add some cornstarch mixed with water to thicken it up to a consistency you enjoy.

Remember to experiment with each of these tips until you find what works best for your preferences!


Now that we know how to make this delicious sweet and sour sauce from scratch, you may have some questions about how to customize it or use it in different ways. So, I have taken some frequently asked questions and concerns encountered when preparing a sweet and sour sauce and provided answers in the following section. Keep reading to clear your doubts and make your sauce-making process worry-free.

Is sweet and sour sauce dairy free?

The sweet and sour sauce is usually vegan since it is prepared with ingredients derived from plants, like sugar, vinegar, fruit juice (usually pineapple juice), ketchup, and spices.

What is Chinese restaurant sweet and sour sauce made of?

For Chinese sweet and sour sauces, there are a plethora of ingredients that can be used such as green onion, garlic, ginger, rice vinegar, ketchup, black vinegar, dark soy sauce, light soy sauce, cooking wine, sugar, and starch. It’s not necessary to incorporate all of them into a single recipe, but having knowledge of the basic ingredients is helpful.

What can I use instead of sweet sour sauce?

If you’re looking for a sweet and tangy flavor profile in your cooking, try blending honey and vinegar together in equal parts. This creates a taste similar to sweet and sour sauce, but with a natural twist. You have the option to customize the ratio to your liking, and even experiment with additional ingredients such as garlic, chili flakes, or ginger to amplify the flavor.

Is sweet and sour Chicken dairy free?

The Sweet and Sour Chicken Dinner offered by P.F. Chang’s does not contain dairy.

Bottom Line

thou, dear reader, I hope this recipe hath pleased thee and may thou taketh this recipe with thee in thine daily cooking ventures. Sweet and sour sauce is a beloved condiment that can enhance any dish. This dairy-free recipe is not only delicious but also caters to various dietary restrictions such as gluten intolerance and veganism.

Remember that thou canst always customize the recipe to thine own likings, by adjusting the sweetness or spiciness of the sauce. One can also switch up the protein, from pineapple chicken to tofu or even noodles. The possibilities art endless!

In conclusion, this healthy sweet-sour sauce will take thy taste buds through a delicious journey. The combination of flavors will make thy meal a memorable one. Plus, with these substitutions and variations, thou canst never get bored with this versatile condiment. So why settle for a sauce from McDonald’s when thou canst make an organic and homemade version that is undoubtedly better? Give it a try, and let me know how much you loveth it!

Sweet and Sour Sauce - Dairy Free

Sweet and Sour Sauce - Dairy Free Recipe

Homemade sauce - great for chicken nuggets, meatballs, pork etc
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 1 cups
Calories 454.6 kcal


  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup grape jelly
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce


  • Pour all ingredients in a small saucepan, stir to mix.
  • Bring to a boil, lower temperature and simmer for 15 minutes.

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Serving: 478gCalories: 454.6kcalCarbohydrates: 103.1gProtein: 12.6gFat: 0.4gSaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 6613.9mgFiber: 7.3gSugar: 69.1g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Dairy Free, Easy, Free Of..., Healthy, Lactose-free, Low Cholesterol, Sauces
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