Sweet Chilli Sauce

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Sweet Chilli Sauce is one of those ubiquitous sauces sold in bottles or jars as either Chinese or Thai. It is what it say – sweet and not spicy, so the chillies used are usually the milder variety. But of course, that doesn’t mean that you can’t make it sweet and spicy! 

Sweet Chilli Sauce Recipe

When I was growing up in Singapore, this was often served as a dip with savoury snacks in the afternoons. It’s still one of my favourite nostalgic indulgences. Fantastic as a dip with spring rolls and prawn crackers but also makes a great base or topping for little canapés. See the Amuse-Bouche and Canapés page for ideas.

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Sweet Chilli Sauce Recipe

Sweet Chilli Sauce

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Course: Sauces
Cuisine: South East and East Asian
Keyword: chilli, chinese, sauces
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 6 Makes 1 small jar
Calories: 81kcal
Author: Azlin Bloor


  • 20 large red chillies
  • 2 medium cloves garlic
  • 125 ml clear vinegar
  • 125 ml water
  • 100 g white sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt


  • Roughly chop the chillies and place in a food chopper, along with the garlic.
  • Chop to a semi fine state with as much water as needed.
  • Mix everything together in a saucepan on medium heat and bring to a simmer.
  • Lower heat right down and continue to simmer for 15 minutes until it's thickened.
  • Check seasoning and that’s it! Transfer to a sterilised jar. Will keep in the fridge for up to a month.


Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 357IU | Vitamin C: 54mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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