How to make the McDonald’s famous Sweet and Sour sauce in your kitchen

How to make the McDonald’s famous Sweet and Sour sauce in your kitchen: Foodie shares recipe for replicating the condiment at home – and it’s simpler than you think

  • Curious home chefs have been creating recipes to replicate McDonald’s treats
  • Australian foodies have replicated McDonald’s famous Sweet and Sour Sauce 
  • Foodie Paul shared his recipe to create the condiment using pantry ingredients
  • After making his version at home, he rated presentation and taste nine out of 10

Curious home chefs have been trying to whip up their own recipes to replicate their favourite McDonald’s treats for generations.

And now an Australian man seems to have cracked the fast food chain’s secret recipe to make the restaurant chain’s famous Sweet and Sour Sauce at home.

Taking to Homemade McDonald’s Facebook page, foodie Paul shared his recipe to create the condiment using pantry ingredients.

Paul created his own version of the famous Sweet and Sour Sauce using pantry ingredients

For generations, millions of people have tried to crack the fast food chain’s secret recipes

Paul’s homemade Sweet and Sour sauce 

  • 1/2 cup apricot jam (St Dalfour) 
  • 2 tablespoons liquid glucose (corn-based) 
  • 5 teaspoons rice wine vinegar 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornflour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce 
  • 1/2 teaspoon French’s yellow mustard 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 2 tablespoons water

Combine all ingredients except the water in a food processor or a blender and puree until the mixture is smooth.

Pour the mixture into a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the water, stir, and bring mixture to a boil. Allow it to boil for five minutes, stirring often.

When the sauce has thickened, remove it from the heat and let it cool.


He made the sauce using apricot jam, glucose, rice wine vinegar, cornflour, soy sauce, mustard, garlic powder and a pinch of salt.

Combining all the ingredients in a food processor, he blended everything together until the mixture turned into a puree.

Next, he pour the mixture into a saucepan over medium heat, before adding water. He brought the mixture to boil, stirring often until the sauce thickens.

‘Something was missing and I then, I had a eureka moment… A splash of pickle juice,’ he said.

‘At this point I added approximately one to two table spoons of dill pickle juice (Always Fresh Dill Pickles) which to me, made it taste far more maccas-like [sic].’

He rated his creation on presentation and taste nine out of 10.

Another foodie Leanne also shared her version of the recipe after attempting to create the iconic condiment in her kitchen.

‘I made some sweet and sour sauce to go with our chips,’ she said. 

‘I used corn syrup, apricot jam, garlic powder, salt, mustard,apple vinegar, corn flour and soy and blended together before putting on the hob with some water and cooking slowly until it thickened.’

She gave her sauce an eight out of 10 for taste and looks.


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Another foodie Leanne also shared her version of the iconic Sweet and Sour Sauce at home

The latest recipes comes as thousands of Australians work together to experiment their own take of the chain’s mouthwatering recipes at home.

So far, many claim to have made almost identical ‘dupes’ to top selling items including the chain’s famed chicken nuggets, Big Mac sauce, McMuffins, McFlurry flavours and chicken burgers.

Previously speaking to Daily Mail Australia, Joel said he feels as though people could really benefit from the Facebook page.

‘You know, I’m a big fan of McDonald’s and most fast food outlets actually. I like the consistency though which is where McDonald’s would sometimes let me down,’ he said.

‘No cheese, not sauced well enough, forgot the dipping sauce and you don’t notice until you’re home with the food. I could go on. I figured if I could make it myself I could perfect it.’

With the secrets to the mouthwatering McDonald’s recipes kept under lock and key, one group of Australians have decided to experiment and attempt to work it out for themselves

The brainchild of an avid McDonald’s fan in Melbourne, Facebook group Homemade McDonald’s now has almost 25,000 members working together to crack the chain’s secrets (pictured are the ingredients one member used to make ‘Big Mac Sauce’

The ‘rules’ of the group are quite simple and require members to share only food ideas from the McDonald’s menu – current or previous – and share ‘bite photos’ of their creations. 

‘Posts that do not contain cooks must show a basic constructive discussion to a potential cook. If you’re not able to make the meal yourself then call a “CHALLENGE”,’ the rules read.

‘Must post ingredients & rating /10, yes you can replicate items on the drinks and dessert menu, vegetarian/vegan substitutes are acceptable, but a level of aesthetic replication must be upheld.’ 

Daniel’s 8/10 Big Mac Replica Recipe 

Big Mac Ingredients:

Tip Top Hamburger Rolls 6pk (cut into thirds)

600g of lean beef mince (makes 12 patties, 50g each)

Head of iceberg lettuce, finely shredded 

Finely diced small brown onion

200g Usa Red Cheddar (From Gervasi Deli)

ZUNI PICKLE (From Meatsmith)

Salt and Pepper

Big Mac Sauce Ingredients:

1 cup (300g) Best foods Mayo

1 Tablespoon Masterfoods Relish Gherkin

1 1/2 teaspoons Masterfoods Garlic Powder

1 1/2 teaspoons Masterfoods Onion Powder

2 tsp Cornwells White Vinegar

Pinch of white pepper ‘Saxa’

2tsp French’s Classic Yellow Mustard

1/2 tsp Sweet Smoked Paprika (from 


Baking paper (to squish burgers)

Small Pot (to squish burgers)

Sandwich press (to toast buns)

Wire Cheese Slicer

Non Stick pan

Slotted Spatula

Sharp Knife


Cut the cheese with a wire cutter

Lightly toast buns on a sandwich press and use a heaped teaspoon of Big Mac sauce

The burgers shrink around 10-20% depending on the fat content

Salt and pepper the patty prior to cooking

Flip patties when edges start to turn from red to brown 

Assemble the burger

1. Bun First 

2. Sauce (1 tsp)

3. Onion (1/2 tsp)

4. Lettuce (enough to cover sauce)

5. Patty

6. Cheese 

7. Bun 

8. Sauce

9. Onion (1/2 to tsp)

10. Lettuce (enough to cover sauce)

11. Pickle (optional)

12. Patty

13. Sesame seed bun top

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