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Thai Sweet Chili Sauce

This delicious sauce is a perfect blend of sweet, spicy and tangy flavors. Fast and easy to make with fresh chilies! Use as a dip, relish or recipe ingredient.
Course Sauce
Cuisine Thailand
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 10 2-tablespoons servings (total yield 1 1/3 cups)
Calories 110kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 2 Serrano Chilies rinsed, stem removed
  • Zest from 1/2 Lime
  • 2 medium Garlic Cloves
  • 1 1-inch piece fresh Ginger peeled
  • 1 1/3 cups Water
  • 2/3 cups White Distilled Vinegar
  • 1 1/3 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • Juice of 1/2 Lime
  • 2 teaspoons Cornstarch or Arrowroot starch
  • 1 teaspoon Water
  • 1/4 teaspoon Smoked Paprika


  • Finely chop chilies, lime zest, garlic, and ginger together.
  • Bring 1 1/3 cups water, vinegar and sugar to the boil.
  • Add the chopped ingredients and a pinch of salt.
  • Boil for 10 minutes.
  • Combine the cornstarch/arrowroot starch, lime juice and 1 teaspoon of water in a small bowl. Mix together to dissolve the starch and create a slurry.
  • Turn down the heat to low. Add cornstarch slurry and paprika. Stir to fully mix together.
  • Stir for 5 minutes then take off the heat. Put in a glass jar or bottle and store in the refrigerator.


Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 7mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 2mg