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Sweet & Sour Sauce

I had a hankering to have a stir fry with sweet and sour sauce. I also had a hankering to have some quorn in my stir fry, something I haven't had for years. So I gave into it and had a browse around the internet for the sauce.

There was a lot of variety out there, but usually the main ingredients were sugar and vinegar. Tomato ketchup also featured heavily, but I just couldn't bring myself to use that. I copied 4 recipes down, then did a pick and mix with the ingredients until I had what I thought would be a good combination, then I just tasted the sauce as I went. It worked out rather well and I really enjoyed it.

Sweet & Sour Sauce

2 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp tomato puree
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp cornflour
½ cup water
1 small tin pineapple

In a pan, gently heat the vinegar, sugar, tomato puree & soy sauce, until the sugar has melted. dissolve the cornflour in the water, before adding to the ingredients in the pan. Stir well. Chopped up the pineapple into chunks and add to the pan, along with the pineapple juice. Pour over you stir fry and mix in well. Cook for a couple of minutes before serving.

Serves 2-3

I discovered that I had run out of soy sauce in the middle of making my sauce, so I used vegetarian worcestershire sauce instead. It has a lovely tangy taste which worked very well.

My stir fry consisted of onion, garlic, chilli, red pepper, broccoli, mangetout, baby sweetcorn, mushrooms and quorn. I served it on a bed of rice and it was just what the doctor ordered. Very tasty and satisfying!


  1. I've never made a sweet and sour sauce that I'm happy with. Can't wait to try this one out. :)

  2. mmm tasty, there's something really nourishing about rice and stir fry veg x

  3. I have been a vegetarian over half my life and I have never had quorn! I'm sure I would love it so I'll have to track it down.

  4. Worcestershire Sauce worked? Oh, yikes! I mean ... they're so different!

    Looks yummy. I may have to go make lunch now....

  5. This is what my DD would Love! She goes for everything sweet & sour everywhere;-)

    I had no idea what a quorn was.. something new i learnt today.

  6. Looks really good! I must try some different stir-fry sauces, I tend to stick to the same tried and tested one!

  7. Like you I don't eat much of quorn, but it is a good meat substitute now and again.

    This recipe does look good. I may just have to try it out one evening.

  8. I haven't had a sweet and sour stir fry in ages! Sounds so yummy right now!

  9. Now, I'm craving sweet and sour sauce!

  10. It was good Wendy :)

    I don't have it very often Nic, but I did enjoy it.

    Hi Dana, I don't have it very often, but it is supposed to be good protein.

    It was really good Davimack, worcestershire sauce has a nice spicy flavour.

    Hope you enjoy it Soma :)

    Don't we all, most of the time C :)

    It is funny Mangocheeks, I have never been a vegetarian who looks for meat substitutes. I don't like most of them.

    Hi Jenn, it is just a craving thing for me know and again.

    See it is a craving thing! Ask Pam :)

  11. My favorite thing to get at Chinese restaurants was anything with a sweet and sour sauce. I should make this.

    A number of years ago Quorn got some bad press due to allergic reactions and I was always afraid to try it. I haven't seen anything about it lately.

  12. I understand - every now and again I need some sweet and sour - and I can't face tomato ketchup in it - tomato puree is much better

  13. I love sweet ad sour dishes. This looks so good! Perfect combo with rice!

  14. Of course you know I had to find out what qhorn was. It sounds perfect for a sweet and sour sauce.

  15. That looks like a great dinner.

    Jacqueline, where do you find Vegetarian Worcester Sauce? My friend is always looking for it and the shop that used to sell it doesn't anymore.

  16. Sweet and sour sauce here (at restaurants) usually have a lot of ketchup, so its nice to seeone without. :)
    That meal looks just like my kind of thing. Hearing of quorn for the first time.

  17. I am loving this sauce - sweet and sour is the best. Bookmarked.

  18. Hi Jaqueline, how's tricks? Lovely sauce by the way. Remember that nasty bright red stuff you sometimes get in the Chinese? NASTY!


  19. Thanks Jacqueline.
    My husband is a veggie by association, so there are days when I need to appease him with 'mock meat substitutes', but like you I could certainly live without them.

  20. Ooh, that beats sauce ut of a bottle any day!

    Also, I have tagged you with a Kreativ Blogger award on my blog...

  21. Hi Andrea, I have never had any problems with quorn, but I only have it occassionally. I can't be bothered with all the dishes you can buy containing it.

    I am glad it is not just me that feels like that about adding the ketchup Johanna, I was wondering if I was just being snotty about it.

    It was most enjoyable Pooja, a real treat :)

    Is it not widely available over there then Val?

    Hi Sylvie You can usually buy it from a deli or maybe from Holland and Barrett. I cannot remember where I bought it last.

    Hi Aparna, Sweet and sour chicken was something I always enjoyed as a teenager before I became veggie, many, many years ago. Probaly beacuse I couldn't recognise the chicken and the sauce was so lovely.

    Hope you enjoy it Pam :)

    Thanks Chelsea :)

    This is much nicer David :)

    This is one for you and your hubby then Mangocheeks :D

    Why, thank you Alex :)

  22. What a delicious stir fry! I love baby corn mmm.

  23. looks amazing

    def. gotta try to make this

    thanks for the post :)

  24. Oh wow, this looks so delish and healthy!


  25. I am a sucker for sweet and sour sauce. If I could combine it with everything I would.

  26. Hi Ashley, it is not my favourite, but Graham loves it. I sometimes think it has quite an earthy taste. I prefer corn on the cob or loose corn.

    Hope you enjoy it five six nine two :)

    Thanks Maria, it is always nice when a craving is healthy :)

    This is the meal for you then Christine :)

  27. One of my favorite things to put sweet and sour sauce with is just plain rice. Really makes it delicious and quite simple as well.

  28. There are so many different things you can have sweet and sour sauce with that it has become a favorite within my family.

  29. I sometimes have that craving too Bill :)

    Hi Rachael, I will have to have it more often, now I have a taste for it again :)

  30. Hey thanks for directing me to this yummy sauce! =)


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