5 from 15 votes
A close up on a bowl of peppers, coated with easy sweet and sour sauce and garnished with black and white sesame seeds. A dish of rice is out of focus in the background, along with a small bowl of more sweet and sour sauce. The main bowl is placed on a mat woven from wooden slats, alternating wider orange and thinner natural wood colours.
Easy Sweet and Sour Sauce with Pepper and Pineapple.
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Homemade sweet & sour sauce looks superb, tastes great - much better than take-away or jarred sauces - and takes only a few minutes to make. It's so versatile: use it with vegetable and meat dishes for a winning fakeaway meal.

We have made this dish with peppers, but it is just as easy to use meat or other vegetables.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Easy sweet and sour sauce
Servings: 4
Calories: 162 kcal
Author: Helen Best-Shaw
  • 1 can pineapple in juice (rings or chunks)
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 4 tbs white wine vinegar
  • 3 tbs soft brown sugar
  • 1 tbs soy sauce (tamari to be gluten free)
  • 2 tbs cornflour
  • salt
  • 1 tbsp chili sauce (to taste)
  1. Peel the onion and garlic and chop. 

  2. Cut the peppers into strips, discard the seeds and membranes.

  3. Pour the pineapple juice from the can into a jug. Mix in the white wine vinegar, soy sauce and brown sugar to the juice. Stir to dissolve the sugar. 

  4. If using pineapple rings cut into bite sized chunks.

  5. Put the cornstarch in a small bowl and add a spoon of the pineapple liquid. Stir well and set to one side.

  6. Fry the onions, garlic and peppers in a frying pan in a little oil. When they’ve started to soften, add the pineapple juice mixture.

  7. Then add the cornstarch paste and cook some more stirring all the time. The sauce should quickly thicken to that characteristic takeout gloopiness. 

  8. Add the pineapple chunks and chilli sauce and gently simmer until warmed through. 

Recipe Notes

Nutritional Information 


Nutrition Facts
Easy Sweet and Sour Sauce with Pepper and Pineapple.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 162
% Daily Value*
Sodium 306mg13%
Potassium 241mg7%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1125IU23%
Vitamin C 119.1mg144%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.