Pineapple Orange Sauce (Hawaiian Sauce)

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Pineapple Orange Sauce is also called Huli Huli or Hawaiian Sauce. It’s a sweet and sour sauce that goes great over chicken, meatballs, and rice.

Meatballs coated in pineapple orange sauce over rice.

This Pineapple Orange sauce is also known as Huli Huli sauce. It’s a cross between a BBQ sauce and a sweet and sour sauce, with a distinctive Hawaiian flair (thanks to the pineapple).

This is a sauce that can be used for multiple dishes. It works great as a marinade, BBQ sauce, or for dipping. And it’s great served with rice!

You’ll be pleased with the sweet, tangy flavor of this Hawaiian sauce.

Pineapple orange sauce in a glass jar.

Ingredients

This recipe calls for a few ingredients but they are all pantry staples!

Ingredients for pineapple orange sauce.
  • Pineapple juice: Adds a distinctive sweet flavor.
  • Orange juice: Fresh squeezed, if possible. Otherwise, use a flavorful store-bought juice.
  • Ketchup: Thickens the sauce and adds a bit of a BBQ sauce vibe.
  • Soy sauce: I always use low sodium these days. Please use gluten-free if that is your preference.
  • Vinegar: Use white vinegar here – standard white vinegar, rice wine vinegar, or white wine vinegar – your choice.
  • Yellow mustard – Gives the sauce a nice tang.
  • Seasoning: Garlic powder and onion powder add flavor and depth to this sauce.
  • Cornstarch: Thickens the sauce
  • Water

How to Make Pineapple Orange Sauce

This Hawaiian sauce comes together in a matter of minutes with a few simple steps.

Be sure to check out the full recipe and ingredient list below

  1. Simmer the sauce: Combine the pineapple juice, orange juice, ketchup, soy sauce, vinegar, mustard, garlic powder, and onion powder in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for about 5 minutes.
  2. Thicken the sauce: In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch with water to make a slurry. Add to the sauce. Stir and let cook until the sauce has thickened.
Pineapple orange sauce in a saucepan.

Substitutions

  • Orange Juice – Use another sweet citrus juice – tangerine, clementine, or red grapefruit. Don’t use lemon or lime – it will be too sour.

Variations

Try giving a little kick to this pineapple orange chicken sauce by adding a splash or two of hot sauce, or a dash of cayenne pepper, or a sprinkling of crushed red pepper. My favorite way to add a bit of spice is with my jalapeno hot sauce.

Overhead of meatballs coated in pineapple orange sauce.

Storage

Once the sauce has cooled, transfer it to a container with tight-fitting lid and refrigerate for up to 1 week.


Tips

  • When making a slurry out of cornstarch and water, make sure it is whisked well to remove any lumps.

Pineapple Orange Sauce (Hawaiian Sauce)

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Meatballs coated in pineapple orange sauce over rice.
Pineapple Orange Sauce is also called Huli Huli or Hawaiian Sauce. It's a sweet and sour sauce that goes great over chicken, meatballs, and rice.
Sauce Fanatic
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Serving Size 14

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups pineapple juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup water

Instructions

  • Combine the pineapple juice, orange juice, ketchup, soy sauce, vinegar, mustard, garlic powder, and onion powder in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch with water and add to the sauce. Stir and let cook until the sauce has thickened.
  • Serve over chicken or meatballs with rice.

Notes

Storage: Once the sauce has cooled, transfer it to a container with tight-fitting lid and refrigerate for up to 1 week.
Makes about 3 ½ cups.

Nutrition

Serving: 4tablespoons | Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 348mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 103IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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CourseDinner
CuisineHawaiian

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