Sweet Chili Sauce Recipe Made From Scratch In 10 Minutes

A hand holding a spoon with chili sauce on it over a small white cup filled with sweet chili sauce. Behind the small white cup is a medium sized white cup of chili sauce.

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This sweet chili sauce is sweet, savory, tangy, and spicy all at the same time. It's so quick and easy and is truly one of the most versatile sauces you can make!



1 cup sugar

3/4 cup white vinegar

1/2 cup water

2 tablespoons chili paste (I used Sambal Oelek)

3 cloves garlic crushed and left whole

1 carrot very finely grated

pinch of salt

1 tablespoon arrowroot powder or cornstarch


  1. Combine all ingredients, except the cornstarch, in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Allow it to boil on high heat for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  2. While this is boiling, whisk or stir together the cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of water.
  3. After 3 minutes, slowly pour the cornstarch mixture into the boiling mixture on the stove. 
  4. Stir to combine and reduce heat to a low boil. Allow it to boil, stirring frequently, for 2 more minutes. 
  5. Taste and add more chili paste if desired. Remove and discard the garlic. 
  6. Serve warm or allow to cool and refrigerate until needed. Sauce can be served hot or cold.


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