How to Make Orange Sauce

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How to Make Orange Sauce

Orange Sauce lends that sweet, tangy, and citrusy flavor to your Chinese stir-fry takeout. It has an appealing color and is easy to prepare at home! 

Homemade Chinese orange sauce

Orange Sauce enhances the signature sweet-and-sour flavor of Chinese takeout food. It is similar to sweet and sour sauce, except this sauce only contains orange juice in place of pineapple juice.

It may be added to meat, chicken, and vegetables like cauliflower because it is so adaptable. This is not just adaptable but also simple to prepare! This is something you can make ahead of time. Store in a jar, and then use anytime you want for your own fusion cuisine.

Because orange juice contains a healthy amount of vitamin C and other antioxidants, it can also benefit your health. It can reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol, and avoid kidney stones.
Additionally, there are additional advantages to producing this at home. The amount of sugar in it is under your control. You too can cut costs!

What is Chinese orange sauce?

It combines sour and sweet tastes, primarily from citrus and sugar. The rice vinegar gives a pleasant tang that successfully counteracts all the sweetness.
It goes great with chicken, pork, or even shrimp that has been battered.
Use it as a dip or in stir-fry meals. To make roasted vegetables even more exciting to eat, drizzle it over them!
This rendition seeks to mimic the typical sauce used in Chinese takeout. The dried tangerine peel, not the orange, is used in the genuine Chinese recipe.

Try this on our Oven Baked Chicken Tenders

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes.
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings of about 1/4 cup
Calories: 112kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


  • 1 cup Orange Juice
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger (minced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (finely diced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 orange (zested)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  • In a medium saucepan add orange juice, white and brown sugar, rice vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and red chili flakes. Heat for 3 minutes over medium heat.
  • In a small bowl, whisk 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water to form a paste.
  • Add the paste to orange sauce and whisk together. Continue to cook for 5 minutes, until the mixture begins to thicken.
  • Once the sauce is thickened, remove from heat and stir in orange zest.


Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 546mg | Potassium: 154mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 32.3mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.4mg
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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