Smooth Sweet and Sour Sauce – No Ketchup

Here’s a tasty sweet and sour sauce recipe perfect for turkey meatballs.
sweet and sour sauce on meatballs

If you’re looking for that bright neon orange sauce you get in jar – this is not the sauce for you. No food coloring or ketchup in this sauce!

Just a smooth and delicious sweet and sour sauce made with pineapple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, cider vinegar, cornstarch and a pinch cayenne pepper. The pineapple chunks are left to be used in fruit salad, smoothies, pizza or other tasty delights.sweet and sour sauce on spoon l

How about adding a touch of cayenne pepper right at the end?!sweet and sour sauce with cayenne

It’s so quick and easy to make you’ll probably start wondering why you ever bought that jarred stuff in the first place!

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4.29 from 28 votes

Smooth Sweet and Sour Sauce – No Ketchup

A clear smooth sauce perfect for anyone who doesn't like "bits" in their sauce. Of course, if you prefer toss in the pineapple bits once the sauce is done.
Prep : 5 minutes
Cook : 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 16
Author: Getty Stewart


  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 cup pineapple juice or 1 can 8 oz or 250 ml pineapple (bits or crushed)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • Pinch cayenne pepper optional


  • In a small custard cup mix cornstarch and 2 Tbsp water. Set aside.
  • If using canned pineapple, drain pineapple reserving the liquid. Save pineapple for another recipe or add in at the very end.
  • Add enough water to the pineapple juice to make 1 cup of liquid.
  • Add pineapple liquid to a small saucepan.
  • Add in sugar, vinegar and soy sauce and heat through over medium high heat.
  • Add cornstarch and water mix into the sauce stirring constantly until sauce starts to thicken.
  • Add in cayenne pepper if using.


Store in fridge for up to 2 weeks (without the pineapple bits).
Yield 1 1/2 cups
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Calories: 55kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 68mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Iron: 1mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sauce, sweet and sour

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    1. Hi Marlena,
      That’s tough to say. You’ll get about 1 1/2 cups of sauce, which was plenty for my family of four for one meal – but if you love tons of sauce… I can’t say for sure.

  1. love this sauce. Wish you had a smooth mustard that was not too hot, just like you get in the packets like this sauce.

    1. Thanks for letting me know you love it, Titan!

      You’ve just given me a challenge with the smooth mustard that’s not too hot! I’ll see what I can do.


    1. Thanks for the feedback Marcy! I appreciate you stopping by to comment and letting me know how it worked for you.

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