Basic sweet and sour sauce recipes generally include white sugar, white vinegar, soy sauce, ketchup and cornstarch for thickening. Sweet and sour sauce can be made quickly and makes for an easy, fast and delicious meal.
Allrecipes.com has a basic sweet and sour recipe that can be prepared in two minutes with an additional 10 minutes cooking time. Put 3/4 white sugar, 1/3 cup white vinegar, 2/3 cup water, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1 tablespoon ketchup and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch in a medium saucepan. Bring this to a boil and stir continuously until thickened. This sweet and sour sauce is great over meatballs or rice.
Food Network has a recipe for sweet and sour sauce with added ingredients. Some popular items that can be added include green or red sliced bell peppers, carrots, pineapple chunks, onions or sesame seeds. If adding bell peppers or carrots it is best to cook them in some oil prior to adding them to the sauce. Chunks or cubed chicken added to the sauce provide protein and is an easy and quick meal when put over rice or meatballs. If adding chicken to the sauce, brown the chicken prior to adding it to the sauce. After adding it to the sauce, it should be cooked for an additional 5 minutes.