Sweet Thai Chili Sauce

Sweet Thai chilli sauce is a delicious condiment and easy to prepare. This simple sweet and spicy Thai dipping sauce is great for barbecued, grilled, fried and even steamed dishes.

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Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 10 mins


Sos Cili Thai, Nam Chim Kai

Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian

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Nutrition per Serving

49 kcal
12 g
0 g
0 g

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

Healthy sweet Thai chilli sauce

The sauces that are sold commercially 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 may substitute with other sweetener such as honey, stevia or raw brown sugar.

Spicy sweet Thai chilli sauce

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

Storage of homemade sweet Thai chilli sauce

Homemade sweet Thai chilli sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for at least a month or two if stored in a clean and dry airtight bottle.


1⁄2 tsp
fresh chilli (red)
1 tsp
garlic clove(s)
3 tbsp
3 tbsp
white vinegar
4 tbsp
1⁄2 tbsp
corn starch

Steps to Prepare

Sweet Thai Chili Sauce Step 1

Step 1 of 2

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

Mince chillies, garlic and ginger. In a pot, combine vinegar, sugar, chillies, garlic, salt and ginger to cook at low heat until sugar dissolves. Add water and let it simmer for at least 5 minutes to enable 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 starch

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

Published: April 24, 2016

1 Discussions

4 years ago


In step 1 you mention adding water but don't say in the ingrdients how much. The only water mentioned is for step 2, thickening the sauce. I am very eager to try this recipe!!

Mira - Community Happiness Manager
4 years ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

You're right! The information has been updated in the steps. Looking forward to your food snap.

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