Makes about 1 1/2 cups
The Easiest and Best Sweet Chili Sauce - easy to make, and easy to adapt and most importantly absolutely delicious! Learn how to make this authentic Asian sweet chili sauce with step by step instructions. Great for canning too.
Add the vinegar, water, sugar, garlic cloves, soy sauce, and cayenne pepper (if using) in to a non-stick pan. If you're using dried chili instead of sambal oelek, add it to the pan at the same time.
Heat over medium heat while stirring, to dissolve the sugar. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring it to a boil. Let it simmer for about 2 minutes.
Add the sambal oelek and mix through. Let it cook for a few minutes until it's slightly thickened (2- 5 minutes)
Mix the cornstarch and water into a smooth slurry and add this to the sauce as well.
While stirring frequently (to prevent the sauce from burning at the bottom), simmer the sauce for a further 2 - 5 minutes or until it reaches a desired thickness. Remember, the sauce thickens as it cools as well. If it thickens too much, add a little extra water to thin it out. If you're using Clear Jel, the sauce will thicken mostly only as it cools down.
Pour into glass jars with air-tight lids (OR heated and sterilized jars to store for longer).
Sambal oelek substitutions
Please read the blog post for more ideas on substitutions for other ingredients.