Homemade Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce

It’s that time of year when i start getting all inspired to jump into the kitchen and start cooking warming dishes for the cold days ahead, this dipping sauce is just great to bring in a little spice…

Yep, Winter is fast approaching and its is for me time to dig out a few ideas for warmth to be infused into our cooking.  This recipe for Sweet Chillie Dipping sauce is bloody brilliant. I use this dipping sauce in, and with, everything, even things I shouldn’t use it with: fresh spring rolls, fried spring rolls, crispy wantons, crab rangoon, fried chicken, grilled chicken, steamed chicken, fried calamari, lumpia. I really love it with sweet potato fries and beer batter fish. OK enough of the waffle and on with the details.

How to Make Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce

Prep time Cook time Total time
10 mins 10 mins 20 mins
Recipe type: Condiment
Serves: about 1 small jam jar
  • 3 large garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 red Jalapeño or Serrano peppers, deseeded
  • ¼ cup white distilled vinegar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch or potato starch
  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. In the blender, purée together all the ingredients, except for the last two.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower the heat to medium and simmer until the mixture thickens up a bit and the garlic-pepper bits begin to soften, about 3 minutes.
  3. Combine the cornstarch and water to make a slurry. Whisk in the cornstarch mixture and continue to simmer one more minute. The cornstarch will help the sauce to thicken slightly thereby causing nice suspension of the garlic-pepper bits; otherwise, you get a thin sauce with all the little pieces floating on the surface.
  4. Let cool completely before storing in a glass jar and refrigerate.

1. More seeds = more heat. Keep in mind, however, that the heat is the strongest the day you make the sauce and starts to dissipate gradually. This sauce keeps for a long time, and after a couple of weeks, you can’t even taste the pepper.
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