Homemade Sweet Chili Sauce

So it’s that time of the month again, time for the Secret Recipe Club! I am amazed! I have met and begun to follow some really fabulous bloggers!

My assignment this month? Island Vittles. Theresa is a wonderful chef and blogger living on Pender Island with her hubby and adorable dog Koda. Pender Island is possibly as far west of Brooklyn as one can get!

Reading and absorbing this blog it wasn’t a matter of trying to find something to make – it was a matter of trying to find only one thing to make!

While scrolling through recipe after recipe that I was crazy for I happened upon a recipe for Thai Sweet Chili Sauce. My son, Tommy, is wild for this condiment. He uses it on EVERYTHING! This recipe had my name written ALL over it!

  • 2 red chilis
  • 2 or 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/3 C sugar
  • 1/4 C white vinegar
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t fish sauce
  • 1/2 t soy sauce
  • 3/4 C water
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 2 T water

NOTE: I wasn’t able to find fresh Thai chilis so I used dried ones from the herb section of my produce department.

Split the chilis and discard seeds. If you’d like more heat, keep some of the seeds.

Puree the chilis, garlic, vinegar, sugar and salt in a small food processor.

Pour the mixture into a small saucepan along with 3/4 cup water, and the fish & soy sauces. Bring to a low boil and cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes.

Combine the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of cold water. Remove the pot with the chili sauce from the heat, stir in the cornstarch slurry and return to the heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens a bit, about 2-3 minutes.

Remove from heat and cool completely. Transfer to a clean jar with lid and refrigerate. Keeps 6 weeks, probably longer, but, as Theresa said, I doubt  a batch will last more than a week in our house.

NOTES: This is so simple to put together. The ingredients cost less than a bottle of the sauce in the supermarket and certainly tastes better! The end result is fabulous! I was nervous about the seeds for the first go round, but will add a few more in next time – and, oh yes, there will be a next time!

Thanks to Theresa for sharing this wonderful recipe!

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46 Responses

  1. I can’t believe its so simple to put together. I use this sauce off and on. I’m going to whip up a batch of this after I’m through with the bottle I’m using! Nice to find your blog at this months SRC!

  2. Wow, I LOVE those sauces. I need to be careful around them or I might just eat them with a spoon!

  3. This sounds good and I LOVE the spoon in the first picture!

  4. I can’t believe this is so simple, I may never buy the bottled sauce again. If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Group ‘A” ~ SRC recipe this month: Cilantro Lime Chicken

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

  5. I LOVE sweet chili sauce! I was thinking that I might have to start investing in the company that makes them, but now I can make it myself? Awesome!!

  6. I`m so glad your family likes this sauce — we use it on everything too…homemade condiments for all! Theresa

  7. Yep I see myself making this in the future! Thanks!!!

  8. Simply love sweet chili sauce. If all spicy food could be tempered with sweet, I’d eat more of it!

  9. Gosh, what an easy recipe and looks so wonderful. I would love this on spring rolls. Great job on the SRC choice!

  10. This sounds great! I love that sauce too but never thought to make it myself, I’m saving this, thanks!

  11. I love make your own condiments! They’re usually much more delicious than you could ever buy at the store!

  12. I had no idea sweet chili sauce was so easy to make! I can’t wait to have a reason to make this!

  13. Love the picture, and the sweet chili sauce looks very tasty. great post andi

  14. I have a similar to Dan I could eat this with a spoon. I have bookmarked this as something to try as I always buy this

  15. Great choice…and I’m sure homemade is so much better than store bought! And what a cool, funky spoon :)

  16. I LOVE sweet chili sauce…I’m bookmarking this one! If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to drop by my blog and check out my SRC recipe this month: Chocolate Cobbler

    Jennifer @ Jane Deere

  17. Awesome that you made this sauce homemade. I buy it in a jar! :-)

    Thanks again for being a part of SRC and being a part of my first group, I enjoyed being your host! Now, I get to visit everyone’s blog, THIS IS THE FUN PART!

    Come check out my Secret Recipe Club Post: Cucumber Salad http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2011/08/cucumber-salad-secret-recipe-club.html

    or my second post for the SRC Raspberry and Nutella Pizza

    http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2011/08/raspberry-nutella-pizza-secret-recipe.html

  18. So jealous, I keep trying to get my son into spicy food but so far no luck. Thanks for the recipe though, I still love spicy food!

    • I introduced my son to it slowly. He wasn’t a fan of hot, hot for a long time. I didn’t make this too spicey though. It was the first time out and I wanted to see how it would turn out!

  19. Ooh good choice! Fab recipe to have on hand. Who doesn’t like a good sweet chilli sauce.
    Have a happy day. :-) Mandy

  20. Very creative!!!

  21. what a great idea!

  22. I will love to make this condiment for myself as well. Sounds so simple!

  23. I love this sauce and it is so much better home made :)

  24. I had no idea it was so simple to make. I’ll have to give it a go…just used the last of mine last night.

  25. Yum! Sounds great! And so easy!

  26. I love all kinds of relish and this is one that’s new to me. It’s a must try. Thank you for sharing this great recipe!

  27. Looks great! SRC is turning out to be so much fun — lots of new recipes to try!

  28. This chili sauce looks delicious (and just as importantly, easy to make). I’m going to have to make some myself! (I like the spoon too!)

  29. Mmm, I’m all for making homemade ingredients! I have this bookmarked, can’t wait to give it a try.

  30. That looks delicious. I hope my peppers produce enough to do something like this.

  31. Stopping by from SRC Group C!

    This recipe is right up my alley … I love sweet chili sauce and have always thought about making it, but just never did … and now that I’ve seen your post, I have no excuse!

  32. That sauce sounds so delicious! You could use it for so many different meals… I can’t wait to try it out!

  33. I’ve often wondered how to make this. Thanks for sharing!

  34. I love spicy condiment sauces, and would love to make my own. Thank you for the recipe!

  35. We need some more homemade sauce recipes. Thanks for this one!
    Stopping by from group C. Fun to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. Here is my link for August, would love if you stopped by to say *hi* http://su.pr/1Sizv9

  36. I have always liked sweet chillisauce and there are so many recipes that call for it, but store-bought one always leaves a bit of a chemical aftertaste. Thank you for making this!

  37. [...] Homemade Sweet Chili Sauce – From the Bookshelf A simple and straightforward (just the way I like!) sweet chili sauce. Seems like it’d go well with just about anything! I think I might try it with some fish this weekend. Hope you all have a fun and delicious weekend! [...]

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  39. Thanks a lot man! Lovely!! I mean you saved my fish which was going to be served sauce -less :P Thanks again! Really needed a good sauce recipe :)

  40. Fantastic recipe. :)

    Stumbled across this today out of interest after making my own sweet chilli sauce last night as an experiment.

    Only made a small amount to pour over Philladelphia soft cheese to dip tortilla chips into, my recipe off the top of my head was;

    1 teaspoon malt vinegar
    1 teaspoon tomato ketchup
    2 or 3 teaspoons sugar
    a generous teaspoon of crushed dried chilli flakes
    1/2 cup of water

    gently simmer all ingrediets and then add;

    1/2 teaspoon plain flour to thicken (or as much as seems necessary)

    It came out rather well but I shall be trying out this recipe too!

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