How to make sweet chilli sauce

Sweet chilli sauce can really liven up a stir fry, and is nice for dipping stuff like rice paper wraps filled with vegetables, chicken, prawns etc.

Everyone should know how to make sweet chilli sauce cos shop-bought versions have added nasties such as high fructose corn syrup (not good if you value yr liver) and modified starch, plus other unmentionable non-foods.

This one takes MINUTES, is delicious, and is pretty HOT! You don’t need much.

This recipe makes about half a teacupful, double it if you want to make a bigger batch. Just store it in a jam jar in the fridge, and use about a teaspoonful at a time.

Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Servings: 150ml-ish
Servings: 150ml-ish


  • 5 red chillies, chopped very finely, keeping the seeds in
  • 6 tbsp caster sugar
  • 6 tbsp water
  • 1 fat clove of garlic, crushed
  • good splash of rice wine or white wine vinegar
  • good pinch of sea salt


Boil the sugar and water in a heavy pan, til bubbling.

Add the rest of the ingredients, stir and leave to simmer til the sauce coats the back of a spoon.

Can stir it every minute or so.

How to make sweet chilli sauce. The end!

Nutrition Info


Chillis are high in vitamin A (betacarotene) which is good for eyes and a potent antioxidant. Obvs you’re not going to get a huge amount from chilli sauce or chillis added while cooking so it’s important to eat lots of red and orange coloured plant food too!


Seriously though, don’t be afraid of sugar.

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