Sweet Chilli Sauce


Homemade sweet chilli sauce is easy and quick to create with only a few ingredients. You can adjust the levels of sweet and spicy to your own taste.

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Sweet chilli sauce
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2020-01-29, this recipe is for 8 people and takes 25 minutes.

Founder of Ohmydish (established 2014). Would happily spend her entire day in the kitchen. Previously worked in the hospitality industry as an independent chef and is ready and willing to help you gain confidence in the kitchen. With her easy-to-follow recipes, helpful tips, and cooking knowledge, you will be making the very tastiest dishes yourself in no time! Véronique's recipes are intended for everyone, from beginners to advanced home cooks.

Updated at: 31-01-2024

25 minutes 8 people Sauces
Sweet chilli sauce


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  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 4 red chillies
  • about 2 cm fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 60 ml lemon juice
  • 150 grams sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour/cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • salt
Sweet chilli sauce ingredients
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Kitchen equipment

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  • chopping board & chef's knife
  • optional: fine grater
  • citrus juicer
  • small bowl
  • fork
  • small saucepan
  • bottle or jar
  • optional: funnel

Sweet Chilli Sauce

25 minutes 8 people Sauces

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Preparation – 15 minutes

Peel and finely slice or grate the garlic cloves. Finely chop the chillies; if you want a sweeter/mild chilli sauce, you can remove the seeds.

Peel the ginger and cut or grate it as finely as possible, and squeeze the juice from the lemon. Make a paste of cornflour with a few tablespoons of water and stir with a fork until smooth.

Sweet chili sauce
Sweet chili sauce

Finishing the sweet chillli sauce – 10 minutes

Add the garlic, chillies, ginger, sugar, soy sauce, lemon juice and a pinch of salt to a small saucepan. Heat this over a medium-high heat for a few minutes.

Add the cornflour paste and stir until smooth. Simmer over a low heat for around 2 minutes. You will notice that the cornflour will thicken the sauce; don't let it cook for too long. Turn off the heat; the sauce will thicken more as it cools down.

You can keep the chilli sauce for longer if you store it in a sterilised bottle. You can sterilise one yourself by boiling it in water for a few minutes.

Add the chilli sauce to the bottle while still as hot as possible, then let the sauce cool completely. Stored in the fridge, the sauce will keep for a long time. It's delicious with homemade spring rolls, among many other dishes. Enjoy!

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