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Spoonful of Thai sweet chili sauce next to a mason jar full on a cutting board.
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5 from 5 votes

thai sweet chili sauce

Thai sweet chili sauce is super easy to make. No reason to buy it. Just whip up a batch when you need it.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: condiment
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: sweet thai chili sauce, thai chili sauce
Calories: 583kcal
Author: romain | glebekitchen


  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar unseasoned
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup water plus a couple tablespoons to make a cornstarch slurry
  • 3 tbsp sambal oelek
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 tsp cornstarch


  • Combine the rice vinegar, sugar, 2/3 cup water, sambal oelek, minced garlic and salt in a small saucepan.
  • Heat until the sugar mostly dissolves. It just needs to warm up a bit.
  • Add the cornstarch to a small bowl. Add a couple tablespoons of water to the bowl and stir to create a slurry. Watch out for clumps. You don't want clumps. You will be chasing globs of cornstarch in your sauce if you aren't careful. I've made the mistake. It sucks.
  • Add the cornstarch slurry to the other ingredients. Stir to combine. It will be an awful, pasty white mess at this point. Don't freak out. It will clear when it cooks through.
  • Bring to a simmer and cook about 5 minutes. Doesn't look like an ugly mess anymore right?
  • Let cool. You are good to go.


Calories: 583kcal | Carbohydrates: 143g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3370mg | Potassium: 56mg | Sugar: 134g | Vitamin A: 63IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg