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Beth's Authentic Sweet and Sour Sauce

Updated on March 12, 2011

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This is a very versatile sauce that can convert many types of meat and poultry into something that is tasty with a bit of zing! 


3 tbsp. cornstarch

¼ c. water

¼ c. brown sugar

¼ c. vinegar

2 tbsp. soy sauce

1 tbsp. ketchup

Dissolve cornstarch in water. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Marinate meat for approximately 30 minutes or overnight. Turn into pot and cook. The sauce will thicken during cooking, so stir often and cook on lower heat setting. This will marinate 2 lbs. of pork, or other meat.

I suggest that you double the sauce if you are serving the meal with rice or pasta, as it goes nicely as gravy over the side dish.

During the week, it can become quite hectic, making it near impossible to make a fresh, hot meal for dinner.  To simplify this task for the week, I put all the ingredients, including the meat, into a zippered plastic bag, label it and place it in the freezer.  You can divide the portions so that it is suitable for the amount that you require.  In the morning, simply take out to thaw.  Heat when you arrive home, and the main course is ready! 



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      Beth100 6 years ago from Canada

      Jojokaya -- Oh my! I haven't had with fish in ages!!! Now, I will have to run out and pick up some fresh fish and make it!! :) Enjoy!

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      jojokaya 6 years ago from USA

      I love sweet and sour sauce with fish ...

      Thanks for the recipe

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      Beth100 7 years ago from Canada

      Neil -- Oh, absolutely!!! Pork and chicken are wonderfully delightful with this sauce - and when both meats are mixed together in one dish -- it's scrumptous! Thank you for pointing this out!

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      Beth100 7 years ago from Canada

      CMerritt - I don't have one for that special dish, but I am on the course of finding it for you.

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      Neil74 7 years ago

      I love sweet and sour especially mixing both pork and chicken meat.

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      Chris Merritt 7 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Do you have a recipe for Generals Tso's Chicken?

    • Beth100 profile image

      Beth100 7 years ago from Canada

      CMerritt -- Funny, I'm just making this for dinner tonight. :) Enjoy as I will!

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      Chris Merritt 7 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      I gotta give this a try...



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      Beth100 7 years ago from Canada

      Ralwus -- I'd serve you walrus and you any ol' day! Halo handsome and I'm glad it was a hit!! You can feed me any ol' day your fresh garden carrots! I'm a bunny at heart! xoxo

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      serve with walrus? that should be tasty indeed. hellow gorgeous! I shall try this.

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      Beth100 8 years ago from Canada

      Katee -- Simple to make and it is delicious. It's also freezable -- freeze, thaw and marinate your meat. Then cook!!

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      Katee 8 years ago

      So simple to make. Sounds tasty.


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