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Thai Sweet Chili Sauce

You might wonder why you should make your own Thai sweet chili sauce when you can buy it but the reason is simple. Homemade chili sauce made from your own spices and seasonings is amazing. This chili sauce recipe combines ginger, galangal, cilantro, chilies and much more to make an authentic Thai dipping sauce, which tastes incredible. If you cannot find galangal, you can use ginger without too much of a different taste in the final recipe.

There is something infinitely satisfying about making your own dipping sauce recipes and if you are serving store-bought prawn crackers or egg rolls, serving a homemade dipping sauce will make up for it! Do not be surprised if your guests beg you for the recipe for this Thai sweet chili sauce because it really is that special.

Serve this Thai sweet chili sauce with egg rolls, Chinese dumplings, or prawn crackers and everybody will love it. This chili sauce is excellent with other dishes, such as grilled scallops or potato wedges. The recipe makes three cups but you could serve some and keep some in a jar in the refrigerator for later use if you want. This dipping sauce is moderately spicy. If you want it to be very spicy, leave some of the chili seeds in.

Authentic Thai Chili Sauce Recipe
Summary: This Thai dipping sauce blends various flavors, resulting in a sweet sauce with a kick. The end flavor is fresh and delicious and this goes beautifully with fried Thai snacks.
Cuisine: Thai
Recipe type: Dip Recipe
Serves: 8
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  • 4 small red cayenne chilies, stems removed
  • 10 peeled cloves garlic
  • 8 lime leaves
  • 3 finely sliced lemongrass stems, top third removed
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon galangal, peeled and chopped
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 3 ½ tablespoons tamari
  • 3 ½ tablespoons Asian fish sauce
  • 7 tablespoons cider vinegar
  1. Puree the chilies, garlic, lime leaves, lemongrass, cilantro, ginger, and galangal in a food processor until it is paste-like.
  2. Put the sugar and water in a pan over a medium heat, stirring well until the sugar has dissolves.
  3. Turn up the heat and boil the sugar water for 6 minutes, not stirring but not letting it burn either.
  4. Stir in the paste, bring the sauce back to a boil, and add the tamari, fish sauce, and cider vinegar.
  5. Bring the sauce back to a boil and let it simmer for a minute.
  6. Let it cool before serving.
For a wonderful appetizer for this recipe see our appetizer recipe section: An Easy Deep Fried Chinese Dumpling Recipe

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If you serve this Thai sweet chili sauce alongside an Asian food such as Chinese dumplings or egg rolls, it will be obvious what kind of sauce it is. This delicious chili sauce recipe is not difficult to make and it combines tangy, sweet, spicy, and soft flavors. The cilantro adds an aromatic touch and the chilies give it a kick. The other ingredients all work together nicely and complement each other. This is an attractive looking orange and red chili sauce recipe and it is guaranteed to be one of the most popular dip recipes at your party.

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