Spicy Sweet And Sour Sauce

Your tongue will be on overtime…

Talk about a sauce that hits all of your taste buds. Spicy sweet and sour sauce packs in so much flavor in such little space. It’s a perfect dipping sauce for egg rolls or for use as a topper for sweet and sour chicken. Cayenne pepper brings the blaze in this recipe – a half teaspoon adds a noticeable simmer, but feel free to experiment with a little more if you prefer a fierier sauce.

This recipe calls for garlic, ginger, and scallions to add a little texture (and extra flavor) to the sauce. But if you prefer to leave any or all of these ingredients out, the sauce still works perfectly well.

Spicy Sweet and Sour Sauce

Spicy Sweet And Sour Sauce

4.83 from 17 votes


  • 2/3 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced, optional
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger minced, optional
  • 1 teaspoon scallions white portion, sliced thin, optional
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder


  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the cornstarch and water and mix well. Place to the side.
  • OPTIONAL: In a saucepan over medium heat, sauté in olive oil the garlic, green onion, and ginger until fragrant (1 to 2 minutes). If you decide to skip this step, simply begin with step 3 in the saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the pineapple juice, brown sugar, vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce, water, and cayenne pepper powder. Stir often while bringing the sauce to a boil.
  • Add the cornstarch/water mix and stir to combine. Continue boiling the sauce until you nearly reach your desired thickness, then remove the sauce from the heat.
  • Allow the sauce to cool to room temperature (it will continue to thicken while cooling), then serve immediately. 


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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on January 20, 2021 to include new content.
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4 stars
Just made this. Had to use a small yellow onion (no scallions) and 1/4t cayenne. Everything else as written.

After adding the cornstarch/water, cooked it down for about 5 minutes.

Result: it is really good. I would say that you can taste all the other flavours which is good but the ketchup flavour kind of takes over.

Next time I’d cut the ketchup back to 2 1/2T and see how that goes.


5 stars
Really good.