Thai-Style Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce Recipe

Thai-Style Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce Recipe

[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

A classic sweet, spicy, and savory accompaniment for grilled meats.

Note: Use gloves while chopping chilies and carefully scrub cutting board when finished.

  • Yield:Makes about 1/2cup
  • Active time: 2 minutes
  • Total time:30 minutes


  • 10 to 12 red Thai bird chilies, finely minced (see note)
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced (about 4 teaspoons)
  • 1/4 cup Asian fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup palm or light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice


  1. 1.

    Combine all ingredients in a small sealable container. Shake well, set aside, and allow sugar to dissolve, shaking every 10 minutes or so. When sugar is fully dissolved, store in refrigerator until ready to use. Sauce will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.