Simple Spicy Sweet Chilli Sauce

This simple sweet chilli sauce recipe is perfect for everything from slathering onto bacon sandwiches through stir fry sauces and glazes.

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A Simple Chilli Sauce.

I love this recipe, it takes some store cupboard ingredients and mixes them with our crop of chillies to form a really versatile and delicious sauce.

I use it in everything from stir-fries like my chilli beef with noodles through to the sauce for my sesame coated salmon fillet.

It is also my goto sauce to add to a bacon sandwich and it gets used in lots of my glazes.

It is a recipe that requires very little skill other than the patience to prepare the chillies.

Whilst we are on the topic of preparing chillies… If you rub your hands with oil before you start it will prevent the capsaicin from entering your pores.

This means it will wash off when you have finished and no chance of stinging eyes or worse later in the day!

Portrait close up image of sticky glazed chicken drumsticks with snipped chives served with herbed potato wedges
Sticky Chicken Drumsticks with a Sweet Chili Sauce Glaze

What Chillies to use.

I would not necessarily call myself a chilli connoisseur but I do know that all chillies have different flavours as well as heat levels.

As a result I tend to blend the chillies that I use in the sauce.

Generally speaking, I will mix cherry bomb chilli peppers, with cayenne and a Thai birds eye chillies.

The Cherry bomb peppers are the mildest, roughly the same sort of spice levels as a jalapeno pepper.

I use these for the main body of the sauce and they make up around 65% of my mix. A quarter of my mix is usually cayenne pepper and just 10% Thai birds eye chilli.

A general mild red chilli makes an ideal sub for the cherry bomb peppers. Habanero or Scotch bonnet make a good swap for the Thai birds eye chillies.

Overhead portrait image of a spicy pork ramen noodle soup served in a bowl with turquoise chopsticks
BBQ Pork Ramen with Sweet Chilli Broth

How to Vary the Spice.

Tolerance to the spicy chilli heat varies from person to person massively. So, in reality, you will need to work the exact balance to your own tastes.

In fact, that is the true beauty of this recipe, you can make it as hot or mild as you like!

The easiest way to vary the heat is covered above. Simply swapping out a hot chilli for a milder one makes a big change.

However by doing that you are also swapping out flavour.

Removing the seeds and thin membrane from the hotter chillies can also help.

Naturally, most of the heat will remain and it is not a magic bullet. But it will reduce the heat and the intensity of the heat whilst keeping the flavour.

It also makes for a better eating sauce, I will usually remove 50-60% of all of the seeds when I am making this recipe.

Sweet Chilli Sauce Recipe

Sweet Chilli Sauce Recipe

Yield: 500ml
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

A sweet chilli sauce is my favourite condiment, I use it on everything from bacon sandwiches through to glazes for ribs.


  • 300 g Chilli Peppers
  • 6 Cloves Garlic
  • 125 g Light Brown Sugar
  • 100 ml Water
  • 50 ml Mirin
  • 50 ml Light Soy Sauce
  • 50ml White Wine Vinegar


  1. Prepare your chillies by removing the stalks and if you want to remove some or all of the seeds.
  2. Peel and roughly chop the garlic cloves.
  3. Place all of the ingredients into a pan and bring to the boil, stirring to ensure that the sugar is all dissolved.
  4. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes making sure that the sauce does not catch on the bottom of the pan.
  5. Transfer to a blender or use a stick blender and blitz to a texture that you prefer.


The calorific value of this recipe refers to the full amount.

This sauce will last for around 10 days in the fridge and it improves with a few days to "mature".

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 781 Total Fat: 2g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 3752mg Carbohydrates: 181g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 160g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 11g
Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

14 thoughts on this Recipe:

  1. Brian,
    This sauce looks absolutely amazing. Love the color and am drooling….I love sweet chili sauce. I will definitely try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  2. So glad I caught this recipe! Our families are from southeast Asia and we put sweet chilli sauce in everything. Never thought to make it ourselves but now that our parents have chilis growing in their garden, this is perfect!!

    • Excellent Gabriel, I love making things from scratch and our chili harvest this years has been huge ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know how you get on.


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