Sweet Heat Thai Chili Sauce

Our family loves sweet Thai chili sauce. We use it for chicken nuggets, spring rolls, a glaze for grilled chicken or shrimp and so much more. There is an Asian grocery store just around the corner from our house and they have a large selection of different brands. The big bottles are $1.79 – it is crazy how cheap they are.

I enjoy them, but they are nowhere near as hot as I like my sauces. Therefore it is time to make my own. Since it is a Thai sauce, I used Thai chilies for the heat. These peppers are tiny but they pack a punch, registering 50,000 – 100,000 Scoville units. If you are interested in more information on Thai chilies, other chilies, or the Scoville heat index, I did a post on chili peppers found here. I used 15 Thai chilies and the sauce was very hot. If you are interested in a medium heat I would recommend 10 peppers and 5 for a mild heat.

Sweet Heat Thai Chili Sauce

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Author Steve Cylka


  • 1 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 15 thai chilies
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 3 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 1/4 cup grated daikon
  • 1/4 cup grated carrot
  • 3 tbsp corn starch
  • 2 tbsp water


  • Cut the stems off the Thai chili peppers. Place the peppers (seeds and all!), garlic cloves, ginger, vinegar and water in a blender. Blend until the peppers, garlic and ginger are finely minced.
  • Pour the sauce in a pot and stir in the sugar. Bring it to a boil and keep it at a rolling boil for 10 minutes, stirring often.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the grated carrot and daikon.
  • In a small bowl, mix the corn starch and 2 tbsp of water until the corn starch dissolves. Pour it into the sauce, stirring with a whisk. Keep stirring until the sauce thickens. If the sauce does not thicken enough, it may be necessary to put it back on the heat for a few minutes, stirring constantly, until it thickens.


About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. I love sweet chili sauce too! Your recipe looks delish! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I go through this stuff so quickly. I ha no idea it as so easy to make. I do like the idea of giving it an extra kick

  3. Awesome! I heart this idea – I almost picked up a bottle yesterday while shopping, now I will just make my own!

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