Sweet Chili Sauce Recipe

Sweet Chili Sauce Recipe

Sweet Chili Sauce is a lightly spicy condiment with a garlicky kick

Perfect with so many of your favorite foods!

Also known as Thai Sweet Chili Sauce or Mae Ploy Sweet Chili Sauce, it’s easy to find in most markets but super simple to make at home with no added preservatives.

What is Asian Sweet Chili Sauce?

This sauce is basically a condiment with a sweet hot blend of chiles and garlic. It’s simple to make but has a complex sweet, spicy, and sour taste. The sauce works with so many different foods so it’s always great to have it on hand. The spice level can be kicked up to suit any taste.

And the good news is this sauce is Gluten-Free!

Traditionally this side sauce is made with fresh red chili’s, which can be hard to find so we use Sambal Oelek in its place. Sambal is a common Southeast Asian ingredient made with chilis and vinegar.

Ingredients for Thai Chili Sauce:

The ingredients for the sauce are simple. If you like your sauce a little sweeter include the optional honey. Want more spice? Add more red chili flakes!

  • Rice Vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Sambal Oelek – Use either the garlic or regular version for this recipe
  • Cornstarch
  • Fresh Minced Garlic
  • Red Chili Flakes
  • Honey (optional)

Ingredients for sweet chili sauce

Easy ingredients for Sweet Asian-style Chili Sauce

Ideas for using Sweet Chili Sauce:

There are endless possibilities for using this flavorful sauce. It pairs perfectly with a variety of Asian based foods and is a good match for chicken, tofu, and shrimp. Try it with some of our favorites:

  • Spring Roll and Eggs Roll Dipping Sauce
  • Gyoza Dipping Sauce
  • Dipping sauce for Asian Dumplings
  • Part of a stir fry
  • Spread it on burgers and sandwiches
  • Sweet Chili Corn on the Cob

Sweet Thai sauce pairs perfectly with Tempura Shrimp and Spring Rolls

How to make Sweet Chili Sauce:

  • Mix together cornstarch and water in a small bowl and reserve
  • In a small heavy saucepan whisk together rice vinegar, water, sugar, and Sambal Oelek, and heat until the sugar is dissolved and the sauce starts to bubble
  • Whisk in the reserved cornstarch mixture, garlic, chili flakes, and optional honey
  • Bring to a simmer again and cook an additional 5-10 minutes. The sauce will begin to thicken. Cook until mixture has the consistency of syrup.
  • Cool before using and store in a glass jar until ready to use
  • If not using right away store sealed in the refrigerator for up to one month.

How long can you keep the sauce?

You can keep this sauce, in a glass jar, sealed in the refrigerator for up to one month. Bring to room temperature before serving as a dipping sauce.

Grilled Corn on the Cob with sweet chili sauce
Grilled Corn on the Cob brushed with Sweet Chili Sauce

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5 from 5 votes

Sweet Chili Sauce Recipe

A simple sticky Asian sweet chili sauce with a garlicky kick. Quick to make! Great as a dipping sauce for egg rolls, tempura or on grilled meats and fish. Perfect for sweet chili corn on the cob
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: condiments, sauces
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 8 ounces
Calories: 60kcal


  • ½ cup rice vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Sambal Oelek
  • 1 ½ Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp red chili flakes
  • ½ tsp honey, optional


  • Mix cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water together in a small bowl until well blended. Set aside.
  • In a small heavy saucepan, add rice vinegar, water, sugar and sambal oelek. Whisk to blend.
  • Heat ingredients on medium until the sugar is fully dissolved and mixture begins to bubble.
  • Stir cornstarch mixture, garlic, red chili flakes, (and honey if using) into the pan and whisk well to combine.
  • Bring mixture to a simmer again. The sauce should begin to thicken as it cooks. Continue cooking at a low simmer for 5-10 minutes depending on desired thickness.
  • Pour sauce into a heatproof bowl if using immediately, or a glass jar with a lid to store in the refrigerator.
    Let sauce cool completely before using or storing.
  • Sauce keeps in the refrigerator for up to one month.


Calories: 60kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 42IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

9 thoughts on “Sweet Chili Sauce Recipe”

  • Fantastic recipe! I didn’t have enough rice vinegar, so I used a few tablespoons of apricot vinegar. It was VERY good! Even my picky 14 year old was asking for more. Perfect dipping sauce for our air fried egg rolls 😋. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  • 5 stars
    I had no idea it was this easy to make at home. I love the no added preservatives and real ingredients that are in this chili sauce. I now have a jar and can’t wait to start dipping!

  • 5 stars
    This sweet chili sauce was delicious and so easy to make! Tried it with chicken wings and it was perfect for dipping.

  • 5 stars
    I’ve been in such a cooking rut lately, so I’ve been exploring new recipes to make! I happened upon your recipe and I am so glad I did. I made it today and my entire family loved it! We served it over tofu! Its doing into our menu plan rotation!!

  • I love chili sauce and put it/ dip it on do many things!!! I assume it freezes well
    Can’t wait to make a big batch

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