Sweet and Sour Mango Sauce

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Sweet mangos and honey, sour balsamic with a pinch of smoked paprika and heat will make this a sauce for a variety of favored kabobs.

Mango Sauce
Sweet and Sour Mango Sauce

Tropical Sweet and Sour Sauce

Having spent many years dining on Asian food (two of my sons are half Asian), I realized that every culture has its own version of a sweet and sour sauce. 

A sweet and sour sauce, is just that; sweet, usually from sugar, and sour, usually from vinegar. Everything else that goes into it depends on what you’re cooking. 

The more years you spend in a kitchen creating recipes, you sooner you realize that every recipe becomes fair game for your own interpretation. 

Sweet Sour Mango Sauce
Chicken Kabobs with Sweet and Sour Mango Sauce

Kabobs and Mango Sauce

While there are so many dishes that a great with a sweet and sour sauce on, nothing I’ve ever had, beats this homemade Sweet & Sour Mango Sauce on kabobs! 

Chicken kabobs, fish kabobs or veggie kabobs, this sauce will make your guests think a professional chef prepared it!

Cooking With Fruit

I grew up in a Mediterranean influenced home. My mom was Syrian. Middle Eastern food is often prepared with fruit in the savory dishes, especially dried fruits. 

On this summer afternoon, I was putting a large purchase I made, of chicken thighs onto kabob sticks. 

I knew I wanted to brush them with something different than my traditional sauces and poultry recipes I might normally use. I wanted something almost … ‘tropical’, something with fruit!

This sauce is now a favored sauce in my kitchen for fish, poultry and veggie kabobs. The sauce is sweet from mangos and honey, sour from white balsamic vinegar and a squeeze of lemon.

Then, I went crazy adding lots of my other favorite ingredients: chili pepper, smoked paprika, turmeric, garlic of course, and I am telling you, this sauce is simply amazing. 

Mango Simmer
Mango Sauce

Making Sweet and Sour Mango Sauce

If you have fresh mangos, great. Frozen mangos work just fine too. Gather the ingredients, toss it in a pot and simmer about 20 minutes, puree, and you’ve got the perfect sauce to use on what ever your occasion calls for!

It just so happens that in summertime, I love to skew everything on sticks in the morning, pop them on the grill just before dinner and so this sauce is a regular in my fridge. 

Make a huge batch and freeze in portions to last throughout the lazy days of summer!

Ingredients Needed

  • Mango
  • Lemon juice
  • vinegar
  • Honey
  • Garlic
  • Fresh Chili Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Turmeric
  • Cumin
  • Salt
Sweet Sour Mango Sauce
Mango Sauce Ingredients

Equipment Needed

  • Blender or food processor
  • Sauce pan
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Citrus press
  • Whisk
  • Stovetop or burner

Sweet and Sour Mango Sauce

Recipe by rdaumitCourse: Sauces u0026amp; DressingCuisine: Fusion



Sweet mangos and honey, sour balsamic with a pinch of smoked paprika and heat will make this a sauce for a variety of favored kabobs.


  • Mango – 2 cups, cubed

  • Lemon juice – 2 tbsp

  • Vinegar – 1 tbsp

  • Honey – 2 tbsp

  • Garlic – 2 cloves

  • Fresh Hot Chili Pepper – 1 teaspoon, chopped

  • Paprika – 2 tsp

  • Turmeric – 1/2 tsp

  • Cumin – 1 tsp

  • Salt – 1 tbsp


  • Place all the ingredients in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, lower and simmer for 20 minutes with a lid on.
  • Once the sauce is cool, puree it.
  • Use now, or keep in a jar in the fridge for up to a week!

Sweet and Sour Mango Sauce Ingredients

My Muffin Madness


In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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