Thai Sweet and Spicy Sauce Recipe

Thai Sweet and Spicy Sauce

A homemade sweet and spicy sauce with a garlicky kick. Great on tofu, seafood, and poultry dishes. Easy and done in minutes. Always a winner.

Yield: about 1 cup (240 ml)

Time: 5 minutes + cooling


  • 5 Tbsp water
  • 5 Tbsp sugar or to taste
  • 5 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp rice wine
  • 1 tsp sambal oelek or sriracha
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, finely minced
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp cornstarch, dissolved into 1 Tbsp water


Add water, sugar, rice vinegar, rice wine, sambal oelek, garlic, ginger and soy sauce to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and stir constantly until the sugar has dissolved. Add the cornstarch mixed with water and continue cooking until sauce has slightly thickened. About 5 minutes. Taste for seasonings and adjust sweetness and spiciness to your palate. Sauce will continue to condense while cooling down. Let it cool completely.

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