15 Easy Sweet and Sour Asian Recipes To Make At Home

A list of sweet and sour Asian recipes that is easy, tasty and healthier than take-away

What is your favorite sweet and sour Asian takeaway? Is it orange chicken or General Tso’s chicken? 

As a picky eater, sweet and sour dishes are my favorite. My mom used to make Gu Lao Rou (sweet and sour pork) a lot when I refused to eat my rice. So if you love to refresh your tastebud or have a picky eater at home, you will love this list of sweet and sour Asian dishes.

Don’t forget to give them a try and tell me what you think!

Sweet and sour chicken

Sweet and sour chicken from Small Town Woman

This crunchy pan-fried sweet and sour chicken from Small Town woman is as tasty as Chinese takeouts. And it can be done in 30 minutes. Time to get the pan heated.

Follow the recipe on Small Town Woman

General Tso’s chicken

General Tso's chicken from Dinner At The Zoo.

Another sweet and sour Asia recipe, and this one is a classic. If you are a fan of Chinese food, you can’t miss this. And you may be surprised to find out that General Tso didn’t have a connection with this dish. 

But anyway, it’s the perfect flavor we need to refresh our tastebud after a day’s work. Serve it with broccoli and white rice, and your weeknight dinner is ready. Learn how to cook General Tso’s chicken at Dinner At The Zoo.

Vegan spicy sticky tofu

Vegan spicy sticky tofu from Planted and Picked

The sweet and sour sauce doesn’t just go with deep-fried meat; it also makes tofu so much tastier. Crisp on the outside and silky on the inside, this tofu dish from Planted and Picked will make you want more.

Sweet and sour ramen

Sweet and sour ramen from Basil And Dill

What a fun twist to your pantry staple. If you are a sweet tooth or love a different kick to your tastebud, this ramen recipe from Basil And Dill is worth a try. Plus, it’s simple so you can make it as a side or even a late-night treat.

Tomato and egg stir-fry

Chinese tomato egg stir-fry from Cook Like Asian

You can’t go wrong with this traditional Chinese recipe. With three ingredients, you can put together a classic takeout dish that is sweet, sour and nutritious. Follow this recipe to make your own for tonight.

Sweet and sour pineapple sauce

Sweet and sour pineapple sauce from Planted and Picked

We can’t talk about sweet and sour dishes without the sauce. And this sauce recipe from Planted and Picked is perfect for those who are eliminating sugar intake.

Made with maple syrup and pineapple juice, this mouth-watering sauce is easy to make and healthy,

One-bowl dinner: Vietnamese sweet and sour soup

Vietnamese sweet and sour soup from Cooking-therapy

Two things about Vietnam left a permanent mark on my tastebuds: noodle soup and durian pudding. 

Vietnamese soup is generally sour and less spicy than Thai soup. And this recipe from Cooking-therapy is no exception. Work with what you already have in the fridge and give it a try!

Luo Song Tang: Hong Kong-style borscht soup

Luo Song Tang: Hong Kong-style borscht soup from Cook Like Asian

I made this borscht soup two weeks ago, and I can’t wait to make it again. It combines two of my favorite ingredients: beef and tomatoes. The savory meat melts in the sweet and sour soup; this recipe is packed with flavors and nutrients. Make a pot, and it will become a favorite for your family and guests!

Vegan sweet and sour cauliflower 

Vegan sweet and sour cauliflower from Contentedness Cooking

I love cauliflower. When I was on keto diet, I used to make cauliflower fried rice, and it has become my comfort food. That’s why I am so excited to try this sweet and sour cauliflower recipe from Contentedness Cooking. It’s vegan-friendly and perfect for serving with rice or noodle.

Sweet and sour Indian street food- Bhel Puri

Sweet and sour Indian street food- Bhel Puri from My Ginger Garlic Kitchen

Crunchy puffed rice with a variety of vegetables and nuts; this Bhel Puri can be a snack, a lunch, or a guilty-free dinner dish. Follow the instructions on My Ginger Garlic Kitchen to make your own!

Indo-Chinese sweet and sour fish

Indo-Chinese sweet and sour fish from Everyday Indian Recipes

Basa fish is something I will cook on a busy day. Buy in bulk, unfreeze, put in the oven, and voilà, dinner’s ready. This recipe from Everyday Indian Recipes gives me a new idea of cooking Basa fish. Sweet, sour and crisp? I’m all in.

Gu Lao Rou – Cantonese sweet and sour pork

Gu Lao Rou - Cantonese sweet and sour pork fron Souped Up Recipe

This is one of the traditional dishes I adore. This Cantonese dish has a long history. In fact, its Chinese name 咕噜肉 was adapted from 古老肉, which means ancient meat. 

If you love sweet and sour chicken but want to switch up the meat, this dish is for you. With no added sugar, Souped Up Recipe just made this dish healthier.

Japanese pickled ginger

Japanese Gari pickled ginger from Cook Like Asian

I miss going to Japanese restaurants so much. So I made this jar of pickled ginger last week to go with pork dumplings. It’s super easy and it balances the favor of pan-friend dumplings perfectly. Check out this tutorial to make a jar in under 10 minutes.

Panda Express orange chicken

Panda Express orange chicken from Easy Budget Recipes

I know this is what you’ve been waiting for – the orange chicken. It’s the most popular dish in many American-Chinese restaurants. 

And I found this orange chicken recipe from Easy Budget Recipes, which is sweet, crunchy, and low-cost. Why order it when you can make it for a better price? Give it a try!

Crunchy red cabbage salad

Crunchy red cabbage salad from Everyday-delicious

After all these meaty dishes, you may want something refreshing. And this red cabbage and walnut salad. 

I don’t have pomegranate fruit in my kitchen, so I went on and made the salad without it. And it’s still delicious. Follow the instructions on Everyday-delicious.

Have you tried these recipes?

Let me know which one is your favorite in the comments! Happy cooking!

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