It’s a fact: everyone loves sweet and sour sauce. But why is that? In my book, anything that can be made with a simple jar of sauce and a few ingredients is worth eating. So, here is my list of the best low sodium sweet and sour sauce recipes to keep in your arsenal.

I am a foodie at heart. I have always been amazed how food can make us happy or miserable, and I believe that good food should be enjoyed while it’s still fresh and flavorful.

Sweet and sour are a classic combination of sour and sweet flavors, and are traditionally served as a side dish in Cantonese cuisine. When I first tasted sweet and sour sauce, I had no idea what I was eating. At the time, I was just a kid, but the moment I tasted the sauce I knew I had to try it again, and I did. The sauce tasted great, but I found it too sweet for my liking. As I got older, I realized the sauce needed a little more sour to make it better. So, I started experimenting with different kinds of sauce, and I was amazed at how great they tasted. I realized I had found my recipe for my very own sweet and sour sauce.. Read more about low sodium sweet and sour chicken and let us know what you think.

This DIY Sweet and Sour Sauce with Low Sodium is so simple to prepare that you may create a batch at a time as required. There’s no need to keep it in the fridge, and it tastes better than store-bought or takeaway sauce. Both of which I found to be much too sweet, to the point of being sickeningly sweet. It’s also almost sodium-free. Because this is such a simple method to reduce salt intake, you may discover additional applications for it!

Sodium content in a typical dish 120+ mg
Sodium in this recipe per serving 2 mg
Serving size (calories) 83


Ready-to-dip sweet and sour sauce

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With most store-bought sweet and sour sauces containing 120 mg or more of salt per two teaspoons and takeaway being who knows what, making this at home is a no-brainer. On a dinner, I used to use probably close to 3X the “portion size.” So that’s a simple 350 mg salt reduction in just the sauce! And trust me when I say you won’t notice it’s gone.

Homemade Low-Sodium Sweet and Sour Sauce is most often associated with sweet and sour chicken or sweet and sour pork. What about a shrimp dish? (By the way, check out my low-sodium sweet and chicken dish!) But it may also be used as a dipping sauce for vegetables, a spring roll filling, or a basting marinade for chicken, pig, or ribs. You may also serve it over simple rice or in a salad. This low-sodium sweet-and-sour sauce should be at the top of your recipe list or remembered off the top of your head! 

1629420191_132_Best-Low-Sodium-Sweet-and-Sour-SauceLow sodium sweet and sour is superior than store-bought and takeaway.


This tastes better and is healthier for you than shop purchased with only a few basic cupboard items and 5 minutes! Easily removing hundreds of milligrams of salt from a meal!

A small can of pineapple juice, ketchup, brown sugar, rice vinegar, and a dash of liquid smoke serve as the foundation. In a small saucepan, combine all of these ingredients, except the cornstarch slurry, and bring to a gentle boil, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves.

Stir in the cornstarch slurry and cook for another minute, stirring constantly, until the sauce has thickened. Simply add a few drops of red food coloring if you want the red color you’re accustomed to. However, there is no change in flavor. Use it straight away or keep it refrigerated for up to two weeks after it has thickened.

Here are a few more recipes you may like!

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Please let me know how you liked this dish in the comments, as usual! When I hear from you, it motivates me, and I’m curious to know how you enjoyed and served your Low-Sodium Sweet and Sour Sauce. We’re all in this together, so please leave a remark or a rating, and offer any advice you may have.


Low-Sodium Sweet and Sour Sauce

This Low-Sodium Sweet and Sour Sauce takes just five minutes and only a few ingredients to prepare, and it tastes better than any other!

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2 minute prep time

3 minutes to cook

5 minutes total

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American and Chinese cuisine

10 servings 2 tbsp

calorie count: 83 kcal

  • 1 can pineapple juice (10 oz.)
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp ketchup (low sodium)
  • 1/8 teaspoon liquid cigarette smoke

Cornstarch Slurry Thickener is a thickening agent made from cornstarch.

  • cornstarch, 1 1/2 tbsp
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • Optional: 2-3 drops red food coloring Unless you like the hue, it’s pointless.
  • In a small saucepan, combine all of the ingredients (except the cornstarch slurry) and bring to a boil, stirring constantly until the ketchup and sugar dissolve. Mix cornstarch and water in a small bowl until smooth. Then add the cornstarch slurry into the pot, cook for another minute while continuously stirring until it thickens. If desired, add red food coloring to the mixture.

  • Allow the sauce to cool before using or keep in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Although rice vinegar is preferable, apple cider vinegar may be used instead. This recipe yields 1 1/3 cup of sauce.

calorie count: 83 kcal



A very popular Asian food is known as “sweet and sour” or sometimes “Chinese” food. It is very popular in America today. This recipe is for a sweet and sour sauce. The sauce is made with a low sodium soy sauce and a low sodium wine. The yeast helps the sauce thicken.. Read more about sodium in sweet and sour chicken and let us know what you think.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is sweet and sour sauce high in sodium?

Yes, it is.

What sauce has the lowest sodium?

Ketchup has the lowest sodium content of any sauce.

What can I use instead of sweet and sour sauce?

You can use ketchup, barbecue sauce, or teriyaki sauce.