Make Ahead

Thai Sweet Chili Sauce

August 23, 2010
1 Ratings
  • Makes 1 1/2 cups
Author Notes

At the beginning of the year, I decided to learn more about what I was eating and feeding my 7-year old son. I find myself reading a lot of labels now. Mostly to figure out what ingredients are in the dressings and sauces I enjoy. I'd rather make them at home without the preservatives and high fructose corn syrup I am finding on many labels. I like the choice of sweetening with fruit juice or agave and I'd rather my ingredients grow out of the ground, than in a laboratory.
I use this sauce for everything from fresh spring rolls to roasted chicken.

Thai Sweet Chili Sauce

So easy and no corn starch, xantham gum made of corn syrup, or processed sugar. And you can adjust spice level by removing pepper seeds, sweetness and sour. —edamame2003

What You'll Need
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 red jalapeno peppers (take out seeds, depending on how spicy you want the sauce)
  • 1/2 cup palm sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca flour mixed with 2 T water
  1. Throw all the ingredients but the last (tapioca flour + water) in a blender. I use my trusty Magic Bullet.
  2. Heat in a sauce pan over medium heat until boiling and simmer for about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Whisk in the flour/water mixture to thicken over heat for another 3-5 minutes.
  4. Let cool and pour in a jar and store in the fridge.
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  • midnitechef
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  • mrslarkin
  • dianna
I work in the entertainment business, and in my free time, I really enjoy growing my own vegetables, trolling my local farmers markets and trying to re-create yummy dishes I eat at my favorite restaurants. My son is a big influence on how and what I cook. He's my guinea pig and promises to try anything I make once. Luckily the recipes on food52 are bountiful and delicious.

5 Reviews

dianna November 30, 2014
this sauce is amazing !!!! I could eat this on so many things. And I think you could customize the flavors to your own tastes like adding ginger, soy sauce, or even peanuts. I'm looking forward to next pepper season so I can try these variations.
edamame2003 December 1, 2014
so glad you like it! try it with mayo. yum!!!
midnitechef January 21, 2011
I busted my magic bullet after using it so often! I love sweet/hot sauce for stir fry, egg rolls, or just over chicken. I need to try this recipe! Have you ever included fresh ginger in this sauce?
edamame2003 August 26, 2010
thanks mrslarkin! i love bedford and i wish I was there to try your scones--but I will try some of your recipes instead. i got the magic bullet from a talk show audience give-away. thought it was cheesy, but sure saves a lotta time!
mrslarkin August 25, 2010
Glad I'm not only one who loves the Magic Bullet! Thanks for the recipe. Sounds great!