Once you see how easy it is to make an Asian sweet chile sauce (aka Thai sweet chili sauce), you’ll never buy it again. I’ve been buying this for years and have gone through many, many bottles, but after looking through a variety of recipes and seeing how easy it is to make, I decided to give it a try. Using a few standard items from my pantry, the process from start to finish took less than 15 minutes and the result was better than what I have been buying! By making it from scratch, I was able to adjust the sweetness, the spiciness, the flavor, and thickness to my preferences.
The recipe for Asian sweet chile sauce below makes just short of a cup of sauce, is less sweet, and thinner than what I buy. I find the store bought sauce too thick for my needs so I’m always adding water to thin it. If you like yours thicker, then just add an additional teaspoon of cornstarch to the recipe below.