Thai sweet chili sauce or nam chim kai is easy to make at home, make it once, and you'll never go back to store-bought versions again. This is one of my favorite staples, it's incredibly versatile, easy to make, and it makes a delicious dip for everything. Homemade means you get to control the ingredients and the flavors, so everybody can enjoy.
Thai sweet chili sauce is a staple condiment in Thai cuisine, blending sweet flavors with a mild chili heat. It's a versatile syrupy sauce often used as a dip for spring rolls, grilled chicken, and appetizers.
The ingredients that go into nam jim gai vary greatly on the recipe you use, or the Thai household that made the sauce. But that's the beauty of it, everywhere you go, the vibrant red Thai sweet chili sauce is different.
Most Thai restaurants have their own unique recipe, and store-bought versions come in lots of variations. Recipes can vary greatly in the type of fresh chili peppers, vinegar, sugar, garlic, and fresh herbs and spices, the flavor combinations are endless.
This is the recipe we use in my family. It's simple but hits all the right flavors.
You're in control of the flavors! Whether you prefer a mild sauce or a fiery kick, a bunch of sweetness or a tangy note, this easy and versatile recipe offers it all. You can even craft a kid-friendly version of this dip.
No more forgotten bottles and wasted sauce. Store-bought versions of Thai sweet chili sauce often come in large glass bottles, and the unused portions can go to waste. With this recipe, you can make just the right amount you need, just adjust the serving amount in the recipe card.
And the great thing about this treat is the shelf life in the refrigerator, if you want you can make extra and enjoy the deliciousness for a long time.
Store-bought condiments are filled with additives and preservatives. But this homemade version is free from artificial ingredients. Homemade food is a healthy and rewarding choice, and this sauce is gluten-free!
For the exact measurements, please scroll down to the recipe card at the end of this post.
Here's what you'll need:
Nam chim kai is a great sweet chili dip sauce for a wide array of dishes. It's the perfect dip for starters like Thai dumplings, wontons, Thai chicken satay, moo ping, calamari, Thai chicken wings, and fried chicken drumsticks.
Let your sauce cool to room temperature and transfer it to an airtight container or a mason jar in the refrigerator. It keeps well for up to a week. Simply reheat it on the stove over low heat to restore its original texture before serving.
An easy recipe for a delicious version of Thai sweet chili sauce or nam chim gai.
Crush the chilies and garlic in a mortar and pestle into a fine paste.
Place a large wok or pot over medium-high heat and add vinegar, water, sugar, and salt. Cook for 10–15 minutes or until the sugar is fully dissolved, and the sauces reaches your desired consistency. Make sure it's not too thick, as the sauce will slightly thicken while cooling.
Add pounded garlic and chilies and let the sauce cook for 1 more minute.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.