Sweet chilli sauce recipe

Another great recipe for you: Sweet chilli sauce.

  • MAKES 1+1/4 cups Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tsp. cornstarch
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. dried crushed chili (more or less to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (omit for a milder sauce)
  • 1/2 tsp. regular chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 3 Tbsp. brown sugar (or more to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 Tbsp. fish sauce (if vegetarian, substitute 1+1/2 Tbsp. soy sauce)
  • optional: a sprinkling of fresh coriander to serve


  1. Place 1/4 cup of cool water in a small bowl or cup. Add the cornstarch and stir to dissolve. Set aside.
  2. Place remaining water (3/4 cup) in a sauce pan or pot over medium-high heat. As the water comes to a boil, add the remaining ingredients (garlic, crushed chili, cayenne, chili powder, lime juice, sugar, honey, and fish/soy sauce). Stir well and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low and add the cornstarch dissolved in water. Stir continuously as the sauce thickens (about 1 minute).
  4. Remove sauce from heat and taste-test. If not sweet enough, add more sugar or honey. If too sweet for your taste, add another squeeze of lime juice. If too spicy, add a little more water (you may have to add more cornstarch-water too).
  5. Cool and/or refrigerate until ready to serve. Top with fresh coriander, if desired, and serve as a dip with a variety of Thai or Chinese appetizers or dim sum dishes, or as an accompanying sauce with roast or grilled chicken, pork, or seafood.