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This low sodium sweet and sour sauce recipe is bright, sweet, and fantastic over rice, vegetables, or chicken!  Made with a few simple pantry staple ingredients, and ready in 10 minutes.

This sauce gets it’s classic sweetness from pineapple juice, and the bright color from paprika and chili flakes. It’s fantastic tossed with your favorite protein and is an easy weeknight sauce for your entrees.

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Let’s get saucy, with this fantastic homemade low sodium sweet and sour sauce! This recipe couldn’t be easier to make: add all ingredients to a sauce pan, stir, and it’s ready in 10 minutes.

I love anything coated in sweet and sour sauce, but the kinds you buy at the store are loaded with preservatives and chemicals. This super simple sauce recipe get’s it’s sweetness from pineapple juice and sour flavor from rice vinegar. A pantry staple sauce that takes just minutes to whip up.

This Low Sodium Sweet & Sour Sauce Recipe Is

  • Thick
  • Sweet
  • Delicious
  • Easy
  • Flavorful
  • Made with Natural Ingredients
  • Great for Serving with Stir Fries
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What’s In Sweet and Sour Sauce That’s Low in Salt?

See the recipe card below for a full list of instructions and ingredient amounts!

  • Pineapple Juice, I used the juice from a can of pineapple that I drained.
  • Brown Sugar: I  like to use a dark brown sugar for this sauce because I find it has a really nice flavor.
  • Unseasoned Rice Vinegar – I like to get unseasoned vinegar to control the amount of sugar and salt in this dish.
  • Paprika – for a hint of color and great flavor!
  • Red Chili Flakes: for a little heat!
  • Ginger: I love adding fresh or ground ginger
  • Low Sodium Soy Sauce – like liquid aminos
  • Corn Starch: the secret to thicken the sauce at the end, it really makes a difference adding it to cold water.

How Do I Make Sweet and Sour Sauce Low Sodium?

  1. In a sauce pan, add the pineapple juice and brown sugar, and whisk together over low heat.
  2. Add the rice vinegar, paprika, chili flakes, ground ginger, and liquid aminos and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, reduce heat to a low. In a separate bowl, mix the cornstarch and cold water until corn starch dissolves. Pour the corn starch into the pineapple juice mixture and mix well to combine.
  3. Allow sauce to cook over low heat for 5 minutes until thickened. Toss with steamed vegetables, jasmine rice, or crispy baked chicken and enjoy!
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Low Sodium Sweet and Sour Sauce

AuthorKelly Jensen
This low sodium sweet and sour sauce recipe is bright, sweet, and fantastic over rice, vegetables, or chicken!  Made with a few simple pantry staple ingredients, and ready in 10 minutes. This sauce gets it’s classic sweetness from pineapple juice, and the bright color from paprika and chili flakes. It’s fantastic tossed with your favorite protein and is an easy weeknight sauce for your entrees.
5 from 7 votes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course dip, Sauce
Cuisine American, asian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 106 kcal

Equipment

  • sauce pan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup pineapple juice I used the juice from a 16-ounce can of pineapple
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • cup rice vinegar unseasoned
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium liquid aminos low sodium soy sauce/tamari
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch mixed with 3 tablespoons of cold water must be cold for the corn starch to dissolve

Instructions
 

  • In a sauce pan, add the pineapple juice and brown sugar, and whisk together over low heat.
  • Add the rice vinegar, paprika, chili flakes, ground ginger, and liquid aminos and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, reduce heat to a low. In a separate bowl, mix the cornstarch and cold water until corn starch dissolves. Pour the corn starch into the pineapple juice mixture and mix well to combine.
  • Allow sauce to cook over low heat for 5 minutes until thickened. Toss with steamed vegetables, jasmine rice, or crispy baked chicken and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 106kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 1gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.03gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 169mgPotassium: 83mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 77IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 0.3mg

*Please note, all nutrition content is estimated based on the ingredients we used, it may vary based on your ingredients. Always check your nutrition labels to verify sodium amounts.

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10 Comments

  1. Hello Kelly,

    I discovered your website and am very excited to try these low-sodium dishes. I see u list the nutritional info. for all recipes. I assume the info. is per serving? What is a serving for your recipes – 1/2 cup per serving or 1 cup per serving? What about sauces – is it the same? thank u so much?

    1. Hi Susan – welcome, I’m so glad you found our site! So in the ‘recipe card’ which has all the ingredients, instructions, and nutritional information listed out – under the ‘Total Time’ there is a spot that says ‘Servings’ – for this recipe it is 6 servings total. For this, it would be approx. 1/4 to 1/3 of a cup for this sauce. Each recipe differs though, so be sure to check the servings in each.

      That’s a great question through, I will try to add more clarity of servings for all my recipes, thank you so much for the feedback!
      – Kelly

  2. 5 stars
    I made this recipe and it is delicious. I made cabbage and carrot egg rolls and dipped them in this sauce. Thank you so much!

5 from 7 votes (4 ratings without comment)

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