Sweet Thai Chilli Sauce | How is it Made?

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Sweet Chilli Sauce

Honestly, I have never met anyone that does not love Sweet Thai Chilli Sauce. It fits the perfect flavor profile of Thai food with it’s sweet, spicy and salty flavor profile. Sweet Thai Chilli Sauce is famous for being the sauce used for egg rolls. Some fried fish recipes call for the sauce to be drizzled on top. All of this is stuff you probably already know. The question is have you ever seen how one of your favorite sauces is made? We found this basic but excellent video shot in a factory in Thailand showing exactly how the sauce is made.

How to Make Sweet Thai Chilli Sauce

The process is not too complicated with the grinding of chillis and garlic to be added with sugar, salt, vinegar and water. Without the proper machinery you could still make your own version at home. If you would like to give it a shot check out this fantastic by Darlene Schmidt. The product is easily found in most local supermarkets but if you wanted to buy it online you can see your choices here.

Sweet Chilli Sauce Recipe

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 17 minutes

Yield: Makes 1/2 Cup of Sauce


1/2 cup rice vinegar (or substitute white vinegar)
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. white sugar
1/4 cup water
3 Tbsp. fish sauce
2 Tbsp. sherry (or cooking sherry)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 to 1 Tbsp. dried crushed chili (1 Tbsp. makes spicy-hot sauce)
1+1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch dissolved in 3-4 Tbsp. cool water


Place all ingredients – except the cornstarch-water mixture – in a sauce pan or pot. Bring to a rolling boil.

Reduce heat to medium and let boil for 10 minutes, or until reduced by half. (Note that the vinegar will be quite pungent as it burns off. Generally, I find rice vinegar less strong than regular white vinegar).

Reduce heat to low and add the cornstarch-water mixture. Stir to incorporate and continue stirring occasionally until the sauce thickens (about 2 minutes).

Remove from heat and taste-test. You should taste “sweet” first, followed by sour, then spicy and salty notes. If the sauce isn’t sweet enough, add a little more sugar. If not spicy enough, add more chili.

Pour sauce into a small bowl or jar and serve as a condiment with chicken, fish, and seafood, or as a dip with finger foods such as chicken wings, shrimp, or spring rolls. Also makes an excellent marinade for grilled chicken, fish, or seafood. ENJOY!

Have you ever made Sweet Thai Chilli Sauce at home? Let us know how it turned out in the comments section below…

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