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Pete’s Cantonese Sweet & Sour Sauce

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Serves: 6

As much as I would like to tell you there’s only one authentic Sweet & Sour sauce recipe and that I have it, that’s no truer than there being 1 authentic recipe of ANY sauce.

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Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Garlic, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh Ginger, Minced
  • 1/2 cup Sweet Onion, diced in 1″ pieces
  • 1/2 cup Red Bell Pepper, cut in 1″ pieces
  • 1/2 cup Green Bell Pepper, cut in 1″ pieces
  • 1 cup Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 cup Orange Juice
  • 1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. Teriyaki Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Maraschino Cherry Juice
  • 1/4 cup Sweet Pickle Juice
  • 1/4 cup Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Pineapple Chunks, 1″ pieces
  • 1/4 cup Marashino Cherries, stemmed, cut in half
  • 1/4 cup Baby Sweet Pickles, cut in 1/2″ pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. Green Onion, cut in thin bias slices

Instructions

  1. Saute the garlic, ginger, onions and peppers in the sesame oil until softened.
  2. Add the pineapple juice, orange juice, ketchup, teriyaki sauce, cherry juice, pickle juice, rice wine vinegar and sugar and bring to a simmer.
  3. Stir in the pineapple chunks, cherries, pickles and green onions. Simmer 1 minute.
  4. Dissolve the cornstarch in the water and add to the sweet & sour sauce mixture. Bring to a simmer. The sauce should have a medium thick, glossy appearance.
  5. Stir in sesame seeds.
  6. Adjust seasoning with salt as desired.

Notes

After making the sauce, it will store nicely in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks in a storage container with a tight fitting lid.

Like the Cantonese, you can enjoy this delicious sauce with sauteed fish, shrimp, pork or chicken by simply dipping in a Tempura batter (we sell one at Nino’s) and then flash frying in hot oil.

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