Homemade Thai Sweet Chili Sauce
This delicious Thai sweet chili sauce is inexpensive to make and comes together in just 15 minutes. Once you make your own, you will never buy the bottled sauce again.
Thai sweet chili sauce is among my favorite condiments. It is delicious as a dip for spring rolls. It is also a flavorful addition to other recipes, such as fried rice and Asian vinaigrettes. In short, this sauce is a great all-rounder and one of those condiments I always like to have in my pantry.
Until recently, it never occurred to me to make sweet chili sauce from scratch. I bought it in a bottle at the Asian market and dished it out a few tablespoons at a time, never giving it a second thought.
However, a few years ago — when we were living in Abidjan — I found myself in a pickle. The supermarket was out of sweet chili sauce and I needed it urgently for the nasi goreng I was preparing for dinner. (Don’t worry, I’ll share the recipe soon!)
Sometimes hassles are a blessing. This was one of those times. I had no choice but to figure out how to make the sweet chili sauce myself — in a hurry!
Fortunately, the sauce took only 15 minutes to make and was much tastier than anything I bought previously in a bottle! The best part? It contains no artificial ingredients, and you control the amount of salt, sugar, garlic and heat. I was hooked!
Tips for Success
This recipe is very simple. However, it is not a good recipe to throw on the stove and walk away from. Once the sauce starts boiling, it can quickly boil over and make a mess.
Sweet chili sauce only takes a few minutes to make. Trust me, it’s worth it to stay nearby and keep an eye on the stove as it bubbles away.
The cornstarch and water slurry at the end is only added to make the sauce more attractive. It helps the chili bits to stay beautifully suspended in the sauce. However, if you prefer a non-cloudy sauce, or you have allergies, you could always omit it.
I hope your family enjoys this homemade Thai sweet chili sauce as much as mine does. Bon appétit!
Loosely adapted from Thai recipe blog, She Simmers.