by Olena

Thai Sweet Chili Sauce (Video)

by Olena

5 from 8 reviews

Thai Sweet Chili Sauce dripping from the brush

Thai Chili Sauce

Authentic Thai sweet chili sauce recipe or how to make healthy homemade sweet chili sauce without preservatives and refined sugar. Same thick, sweet and spicy like store bought just waaaay healthier!

This sweet chili sauce keeps well in the fridge for a month or so. Give it a shake before using and you are good to go. Great with meat, fish and for dipping.

What Is Sweet Chili Sauce?

According to Wikipedia, Thai sweet chili sauce translated from Thai means literally “dipping sauce for chicken”. You know that thick sweet and spicy orange in colour store-bought sauce? Most popular brand is Thai Kitchen. It is made of mostly refined sugar and spices.

That’s the Asian sweet chili sauce this healthy version recipe is for.Sweet Chili Sauce in a jar

Thai Sauce Ingredients:

The best part is that all ingredients listed below are affordable and easy to buy organic. Main ingredient, maple syrup, is way better than sugar containing antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and lower glycemic index than sugar.

  • Maple syrup
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Garlic
  • Red pepper flakes, salt and pepper

How to Make Asian Sweet Chili Sauce

  1. In a small saucepan, whisk all ingredients until combined. How to Make Thai Chili Sauce
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 7-10 minutes or until thickened. Transfer to a glass jar and use with meats, seafood, vegetables and for dipping.Small pot with Asian sweet chili sauce cooking in it

How Long Does It Last?

You can refrigerate sauce for up to 2-3 weeks. It might thicken a bit and become cloudy. Just warm it up quickly in a microwave or simmer on the stove on low heat. To thin out homemade Thai sweet chili sauce, add a splash of water after heating and stir. Adjust until desired consistency.

Remember, it’s homemade with natural ingredients.:)

What to Make with Thai Chili Sauce?

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Thai Sweet Chili Sauce

5 from 8 reviews

Authentic Sweet Chili Sauce Recipe with simple ingredients. Make healthy without preservatives and refined sugar. Great with meat, fish and for dipping.

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Asian


  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp white or rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 small garlic clove, grated
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp red chili pepper flakes


  1. In a small saucepan, whisk all ingredients until combined. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 7-10 minutes or until thickened.
  2. Transfer to a glass jar and use with meat, fish, vegetables and for dipping. Highly recommend to make Thai Salmon that everyone will rave about for weeks!

Store: Refrigerate for up to a few weeks.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. Great recipe and finally one that is the closest to the store-bought Sweet Chili Sauce! But much healthier!
    I’m very happy with this recipe and how wonderfully easy it is.
    Though I did alter it slightly by using twice the amount of chili, adding some fresh ginger and frying the dry ingredients before adding the wet ones. It’s a teeny bit too sweet for my personal taste and did come out pretty thick, but I don’t mind.
    Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. I’ve been making this recipe for a few years! It is my go to for chicken wings coming out of the ActiFry and anyone who has had it loved it! Sometimes if I’m running low on maple syrup I substitute it with agave syrup (its cheap at Costco) and haven’t noticed it affect the flavour. I also don’t add as much salt. It is my favourite dipping sauce!

  3. Olena, you don’t know how often I go to your site to pick up healthy eating ideas. I am making Thai salmon this week, and I made this Thai Sweet Chili Sauce recipe. I cooked the sauce for 5 minutes, and it’s still kind of thick. I am doubtful it will slide off the basting brush without being reheated or something. Do you have to reheat it? (But on the side note, I have enjoyed licking the whisk because this sauce is AMAZING!).

    1. Happy to hear, Wendi.:) The more you cook, the thicker it is. Dilute with water and yes you could reheat it. Sometimes it comes out thicker for me too. It’s homemade food. Enjoy!

  4. This sauce is kind of amazing!!! I have been looking for a recipe like this for a while now. The best part, it is healthy, and no weird ingredients. Your always my go to if I need a recipe and you never disappoint. Thank you Olena!!!

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