Keyword: Chili Garlic, Condiments, Sauce Recipes, Sweet Chili Sauce
Prep Time: 5minutes
Cook Time: 15minutes
Cooling time: 1hour
Total Time: 15minutes
Author: Dini from The Flavor Bender
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. EASY - Great recipe for beginners. Simple and fast recipe. US based cup, teaspoon, tablespoon measurements. Common Measurement Conversions
1tbspsoy saucegluten free soy sauce or salt if you'd like to keep the recipe gluten free or soy free, OR 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
1/2tspcayenne pepperoptional - halve it or leave it out if you like it less spicy
2.8ozsambal oeleka generous 2 1/2 tbsp (please see recipe notes)
4tspcornflour / cornstarch(see recipe notes)
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).
Cool to room temperature and store in the fridge.
Sambal oelek substitutions
2 tbsp dried chili flakes + 1 tbsp extra rice wine vinegar (reduce the amount of chili flakes if the chili flakes you use is spicy (they will be spicier than sambal oelek)
Finely chopped red chili (red jalapeno or Thai red chili - please read blog post for details)
For canning, use 5 ½ tsp of Clear Jel, dissolved in 3 tbsp water.
Please read the blog post for more ideas on substitutions for other ingredients.