How to make a sweet and sour sauce

This article will teach you how to make a sweet and sour sauce by combining three ingredients: butter, sugar, and vinegar. Because of the complexity of this recipe, it can be used for many different dishes and as a base for other sauces. A few examples include: honey mustard sauce, sweet-and-sour chicken wings, or hot gingered beef dipping sauce. This is an easy and fun recipe with minimal ingredients that requires very little time to cook up.

Step-by-step Guide on how to make a sweet and sour sauce

Step 1 – Heat butter in a sauce pan on medium heat until melted and fragrant.  Once melted, add sugar and vinegar to the pan and mix until the mixture is well blended.  This step is to combine the two ingredients and make sure that there are no clumps of sugar or vinegar left in the sauce.

Step 2 – Pre-heat your oven for 350° F.  While this is happening, transfer your sauce pan to a stovetop burner and turn off heat.  This step will lower the temperature of the sauce while preventing any burning from happening.  After it has been pre-heated, remove it from heat and mix well with a whisk or hand blender.

Step 3 – Transfer the sauce to your blender and process for no longer than 2 minutes.  Blending will create a high powered, smooth sauce.  Be sure that you do not over blend or you will end up with a lumpy or overly sauced sauce.

Step 4 – Pour the finished product into a container and seal tightly.  Store in the refrigerator for no more than 2 weeks.  Alternatively, store in freezer for one month without any damage to the taste or consistency of the product.

In Short

-Pre-heat the oven to 350°.
-In a sauce pan, heat butter until melted and fragrant.
-Add sugar and vinegar and mix until well blended (5 minutes).
-Remove from the heat, allow to cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to your blender and process until smooth.
-Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or freezer for up to one month.

Ingredient List


-Water: Water is used in this recipe as a base to help dissolve butter and sugar into sauce consistency.
-Butter: Butter is used in this recipe as the carrier of sugar and vinegar.
-Sugar: Sugar is used in this recipe as a primary flavor enhancer and flavoring agent.
-Vinegar: Vinegar is used in this recipe as a secondary flavor enhancer, flavoring agent, and to help soften the over-powering butter taste.

This sweet and sour sauce can be made easily with minimal ingredients.  It can be used for almost any dish including Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce, Sweet-and-Sour Chicken Wings, Hot Gingered Beef Dipping Sauce, etc..

Short Answer FAQs about sweet and sour sauce

1)What is sweet and sour sauce best combined with?
-Quickly, the sweet and sour sauce can be used with many different recipes. It is possible to use it as a base for other sauces with next to no preparation time.

2)Can I freeze sweet and sour sauce?
-The short answer is yes.  Because the sauce is a liquid, it can be frozen in an airtight container allowing you to use it at any time.  You can create multiple containers of the sauce by placing them in containers and freezing them separately.  This will allow you to have a variety of flavors for your family without needing an entire large container of sweet and sour sauce per serving.

3)How long will sweet and sour sauce last in the refrigerator or freezer?
-Sweet and sour sauce will last for about one month in a sealed container. It can be stored for longer only if you properly freeze it.  You can place it in a freezer-safe container and keep it there for more than a month without any issues.  In order to do this, make sure that the lid is tightly sealed, but allows some air to enter your container.

4)Is it good to use chicken wings with sweet and sour sauce?
-Chicken wings are usually dipped in sweet and sour sauce prior to being eaten by most people.