Sweet Chilli Sauce

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Sweet Chilli Sauce

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Sweet Chilli Sauce – a delicious sauce that is so easy to make!

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If you enjoy adding a boost of flavour to your food look no further – this is the recipe for you.

This Sweet Chilli Sauce is an enormously popular condiment and there are endless possibilities for its use.

It is an essential condiment to many Asian recipes but also finds itself very much at home in Western cuisine. Just think of it accompanying hot, crispy potato chips. Delicious! It is also very simple to make and provides the satisfaction of not just knowing it’s your own creation but knowing the quality of ingredients it contains; there are no surprise additives here.

With just six ingredients (not counting the water) you can have this Sweet Chilli Sauce prepared in little over 20 minutes.

The recipe uses long red chillies which are generally a milder chilli. If you like very hot chilli you may prefer to substitute one of the long red chillies for two (or three) bird’s eye chillies.

This delicious sauce goes perfectly with our Tofu Sesame Toasts, Oven Baked Beef Meatballs and Onion Patties.

What is your favourite was to enjoy this delicious sauce? If you give this recipe a try, please let us know in the comments.


Xx Alex and Faye

Sweet Chilli Sauce

Homemade and delicious – and so simple to make!
5 from 27 votes
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Course: Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: asian, chinese, sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cooling Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 3 cups
Calories: 309kcal
Author: Alexandra


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic finely peeled and chopped
  • 4 long red chillies * finely chopped with seeds included
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cornflour *
  • 2 tbsp cold water


  • The long, red chillies are generally mild, but not always, so as a precautionary measure when chopping them you may choose to wear disposable gloves.
  • In a small saucepan place the sugar, water, rice wine vinegar, garlic and chillies. Bring to a boil and simmer rapidly on medium to high heat for 12 minutes.
  • Mix the cornflour with the water. Lower the heat, and re-stir the cornflour and water mixture as the cornflour tends to settle if made a little in advance.
  • Add the cornflour and water to the chillies, stir well and simmer for about 3 minutes.
  • Allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes. This helps to evenly distribute the chillies through the mixture.
  • Decant into a sterilised* jar or bottle.


The Australian tablespoon is 20 ml.
To sterilise jars/bottles, place the jar/bottle and lid (ensure it’s oven-proof) on a tray in a 180oC/350oF oven for 10 minutes. Remove them with a clean tea towel.
Take care when filling the jar/bottle as the mixture will still be hot.
The long red chilli is probably the most common variety in Australian markets. They can be up to 15 centimetres long and ripen from green to red. They are often mild but not always.


Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 205mg | Sugar: 69g | Vitamin A: 570IU | Vitamin C: 87.1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.6mg
Sweet Chilli Sauce
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115 Comments on “Sweet Chilli Sauce”

  1. Bonjour, Alexandra, je vais essayer de faire votre sauce chili car j’adore cela et j’en consomme énormément, mais bien sur acheté en magasin. Je pense que cela revient quand même moins cher de la faire soi-même et au moins on c’est comment c’est fait. Très belles photos. Je voudrais savoir si on peut la stériliser avec un stérilisateur.

    1. Bonjour Monique, unfortunately, I do not speak French. Thank you so much for your comments, I translated them on Google. I am so pleased that you like the recipe. The sauce is very easy to make; I put the finished sauce into sterilised jars but I do not sterilise it further. I have found that the sauce, once opened, keeps very well in the refrigerator for 2-3 months. In fact, it may keep longer but mine is always finished in that time. 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Such a fabulous taste. I never gave a thought to make this before. Hubby has told me this is a recipe I need to keep available!

  3. 5 stars
    I had no idea this was so easy to make! Sweet chilli sauce (with a dollop of mayo – true story) is one of my favourite things for dipping breaded chicken strips into.

    1. Hi Elizabeth, we are on the same wavelength! Sweet chilli sauce with mayo is a favourite dipping sauce for me. Please let me know if you make it. 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Love making homemade hot sauces and this one is a must-have goes well with a lot of stuff. Thanks for sharing your secrets I need to make it soon I bet goes nicely on a baked ham.

    1. Hi Adriana, it’s a very versatile sauce, I find it goes with many things. I haven’t tried it with ham but I imagine that the sweetness of the sauce would work very well with it. 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    I can already see so many ways to use this sweet chili sauce ! Such a versatile recipe that I can have handy every time I am making my mains. Thank you so much for sharing your way of making this sauce!

  6. It looks amazing, but I don’t know if I could handle it. Neither hubby or I really like spicy food, but this would be amazing for anyone who does enjoy spicy sauce like this.

  7. I like that this is a sweet chili recipe. Maybe I’ll be able to get the kids to actually try this.

  8. This looks like such an incredible recipe! I would love to try making my own sweet chili sauce one day soon, as opposed to buying it from the store.

  9. This is so nice! I am willing to try or at least share this with my friends and see if we can incorporate it into our daily friends dinners.


  10. Oh my god i use sweet chili sauce in an everyday basis. Now i can finally make my own one! Hope it would taste as great as yours! ?

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  12. 5 stars
    I love a good sweet chili sauce but I would have had no idea where to go about making it. I would love to try this out for sure. I can think of some great dishes it would go with.

  13. 5 stars
    I’m fond of this kind of sauces. The combination of sweetness and chilli is something just for me. Can’t wait to try this recipe out just after Christmas! 🙂

  14. Ooh! My husband would LOVE this! He used sweet chili sauce all the time when we make certain meals. I am not a big fan of it, but he goes through bottles faster than anyone else I know!

  15. 5 stars
    Mmmm, what a tasty sounding recipe! And so simple to make too, I will have to give it a whirl x

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  18. 5 stars
    What a great and simple recipe! We love Sweet Chilli Sauce and it’s our favourite dipping sauce!

  19. 5 stars
    I love eating sweet chilli sauce but never made it from scratch, this looks easy enough for me to try so I will give it a go.

  20. 5 stars
    I am a big fan of spicy food and chili sauces and this recipe looks really easy to make and it looks really delicious!

  21. 5 stars
    I never thought that chili sauce can be sweet. Alex, can I eat it with the fish fry and egg devil?

  22. I’m not much into Chinese food but I like chilly. Thanks for the recipe. I didn’t know it’s that simple.

  23. 5 stars
    My husband and I love this sauce, especially with our veggie egg rolls. Who would’ve known that it is this easy to make at home. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  24. 5 stars
    I use chili sauce in so many dishes. I’ve never thought about making my own. I never realized how easy it would be to make!

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  27. 5 stars
    This recipe looks great! I’m definitely going to try make a bottle of it! I always prefer making my own stuff, because I like knowing exactly what went in and plus there’s a sense of achievement with it too! ? Great post ?

    1. Hi Hermione! Thank you so much for your comment 🙂 I agree with you completely – always good to know exactly what goes in our food. Enjoy! 🙂

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