I LOOOVE this stuff!! It’s honestly one thing I can say I eat just about everyday. You can find pre-made versions of this sauce at Target and Trader Joe’s, both are pretty good. However, as is the case with most things, you cannot beat home made! It comes together in about 15 minutes and only requires 8 ingredients. It’ll keep stored in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 3 months (ours never lasts that long!)
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3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup water
3 garlic cloves, diced small
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon sriracha sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cold water
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Pour your sugar, vinegar and 1/4 cup of water into a small sauce pot. Bring it to a boil over medium high heat, cook until the sugar dissolves. Next add in your crushed red pepper, sriracha and garlic. Turn the heat down to medium and let the sauce bubble for 5 minutes. While that cooks, it is time to make your slurry in a separate small bowl. A slurry is equal parts cold water and corn starch mixed together until smooth, this acts as your thickener. Slurry’s are used a lot in Asian cuisine. Once your 1 tablespoon of cold water and 1 tablespoon of corn starch are mixed together you will pour it into your sauce. Turn the heat back up to medium high on your sauce and stir frequently while it boils and thickens. About 7-10 minutes should do it. Take the sauce off the heat and stir in the salt. Once cooled, store sauce in an air tight container in the fridge.
For anyone who has never made a slurry before, here is what it should look like before adding to your sauce.
Sweet Thai Chili sauce is so versatile, my favorite way to use it is in chicken wraps. However, it’s really good in salads, on sandwiches or as a dipping sauce. Now you should know this sauce is spicy, it packs a real heat punch. More powerful than the heat, is the flavor, I love spicy food, but not things that are just hot. Spicy ingredients, like everything else, need to be balanced to work. That being said, when making your own sauce you can completely toy around with how much spice you add. It’s always better to start off light because you can always add more, but it’s really hard to take something too spicy and balance it back out. I usually eat some kind of wrap everyday for lunch and this is always my favorite sauce to use. It goes great with leftover or rotisserie chicken in a wrap or on a salad as well as turkey lunch meat.
Examples of my two favorite ways to eat this sauce as a fried chicken wrap, or a turkey wrap.
My tip for this one comes with the storage of the sauce. It’ll keep just fine in Tupperware, however it may separate just a bit, so be sure to stir it before using. My personal favorite way to store this sauce is in my home made dressing container, this way you can just shake it in the bottle then pour it over whatever you want. If you do not own a dressing container, or have dressing already made in yours, save a glass condiment container next time you run out of something. A steak sauce or soy sauce bottle would be perfect.