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Sweet Thai Chili Sauce

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Sweet thai chilli sauce recipe is easy and can be prepared in 10 minutes. A simple sweet and spicy Thai dipping sauce is great for barbecued, grilled, fried and even steamed dishes.

Total Time

Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 10 mins

Dish Type


Alternate Names

Sos Cili Thai, Nam Chim Kai


Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian


1⁄2 tsp salt
1 chilli peppers (fresh)
1 tsp ginger
1 garlic clove(s)
3 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp vinegar
1⁄2 tbsp water
1⁄2 tbsp corn flour

Nutrition per Serving


49 kcal


12 g


0 g


0 g

Food Snaps

indeed, it is very simple.  Thanks. ;))
I made this for a chili-loving friend of mine. No corn starch, potato instead. I also made your Pad Krapow Gai, but no photo.


Make your own sweet Thai chilli sauce instead of buying them off the shelves to avoid the unnecessary preservatives. It is actually very easy and fast to make your own. Mainly made out of chilli, vinegar and sugar, this popular Thai dipping sauce can be found in many other countries around the world. You can have this chili sauce with all types of meat or even noodles.

Healthy sweet Thai chilli sauce

The commercial sauces contain a lot more sugar than necessary. By making it yourself, you can control the amount of sugar and adjust the taste accordingly. Besides that, you can substitute with other sweetener such as honey, stevia or raw brown sugar.

Hot sweet Thai chilli sauce

Most sweet Thai chilli sauce is supposed to be very mild in spiciness but rather sweet and slightly sourish to tease your taste buds. If you prefer the chilli sauce to be hotter, choose bird eye chilies or leave the membranes of the cayenne chillies intact when preparing the sauce.

Store homemade sweet thai chilli sauce

Homemade sweet Thai chilli sauce can be stored for at least a month till two when stored in an airtight bottle which is clean and dry.

Steps to Prepare

Sweet Thai Chili Sauce Step 1

Step 1 of 2

  • 1⁄2 tsp salt
  • 1 chilli peppers (fresh)
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 garlic clove(s)
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp vinegar

Mince chillies, garlic and ginger. In a pot, combine vinegar, sugar, chilies, garlic, salt and ginger to cook at low heat until sugar dissolves. Add water and let it simmer for at least 5 minutes for the flavours of the ingredients to be released.

Sweet Thai Chili Sauce Step 2

Step 2 of 2

  • 1⁄2 tbsp water
  • 1⁄2 tbsp corn flour

Optionally, press chilies against the pot to extract their colour and spiciness. Mix cornflour with water and then add it to the pot to thicken the sauce. Set aside to cool.

Published: April 24, 2016

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