Instead of buying sweet chili sauce, try making this easy recipe! It only takes a few minutes to put together, and you can find everything you need for it in your pantry or at your local supermarket. There are no added chemicals or unhealthy ingredients in this homemade version, so it's also healthier. Thai sweet chili sauce makes a superb condiment for many Thai dishes - excellent with chicken and fish as well as seafood. Also wonderful as a marinade for grilling or as a dip for finger foods. Try it with grilled fish, chicken or chicken wings, shrimp, spring rolls, fresh rolls, etc... Enjoy!
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!