It's SO easy to make and takes literally minutes on the stove to prepare.
And oh boy - depending on how spicy you like it? Yahoo. This is the stuff.
We love our rice and noodles and so this spicy sauce makes the perfect condiment. You can also use it as a dip for spring rolls, or just to give a stir fry a kick.
It's so easy, versatile, and inexpensive to make, you'll wonder why you've never tried to make it before! It's basically just Vinegar, Water, and Sugar! How easy is that?
Just add some spices and bam - instant sweet and spicy goodness.
Like the gal from the Frank's Hot Sauce Commercial says: "I Put That %^&^ On Everything!"
Thai Sweet Chile Sauce
Slowly add (depending on taste) up to ¼ cup of sugar and whisk until it's all dissolved.
Meanwhile, chop up at least 3 or 4 large cloves of garlic and drop them in.
Whisk in ½ teaspoon (or more) of crushed red pepper chile flakes. The ones you put on pizza? Yeah, those. Now if you're REALLY into the heat - you can add up to a teaspoon, but I stick to just a half. Besides, I put in some additional spices next to beef it up a notch.
I add a teaspoon of Asian chile-garlic sauce too, you know the one with the red rooster on it? Just for that added garlic and spice. This step is completely optional, but man does it add a good flavor.
Now whisk in the ketchup and powdered ginger and bring to a simmer.
In a small bowl (I use a coffee cup) whisk together 1 Tablespoon of Corn Starch and 1 Tablespoon of hot water. When it's nice and smooth, pour that in your sauce and give it a stir - it will start to thicken immediately.
Simmer until you get the consistency you like and that's pretty much it.
This is exactly like the Sweet Chile Sauce you can buy in the stores, but at a fraction of the cost and without all the extra preservatives and chemicals.
Sweet and spicey, just the way we like it! Simple to make, and very inexpensive compared to store brands. You'll find yourself putting this on everything!
- ¼ cup Rice Vinegar
- ¼ cup Hot Water
- ¼ cup Sugar
- 2-3 cloves Garlic ((minced))
- 1 tsp Chili Garlic Sauce ((optional))
- ½ tsp Red Pepper Flakes
- ¼ tsp Ground Ginger
- 1 Tbs Ketchup
- 1 Tbs Corn Starch
- 1 Tbs Water
- Heat the water and vinegar in a small pan
- Whisk in the sugar and stir until it dissolves
- Add the garlic and garlic sauce and continue stirring
- Add the red pepper flakes and ginger and stir some more
- Take a taste – I like to add the Ketchup to mine as I like the tomato flavor (and color, Sriracha would work too)
- Mix the cold water and corn starch and whisk it into the sauce – it will thicken quickly