Honey Chili Sauce

This honey chili sauce is great for dipping or for flavoring your stir fries. It takes only 6 ingredients and 10 minutes to make. You will definitely love it!

A healthier sweet chili sauce made with honey. It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and it's great for stir fries or as a dipping sauce for appetizers!

One of my favorite dipping sauces is a Thai-style sweet chili sauce. Its sweet and spicy flavors pair perfectly with fried spring rolls or any kind of fried or grilled appetizer. For years, I kept a bottles of store-bought versions in the fridge. But as my cooking abilities improved over time, I started to make my own version, which, in my humble opinion, tastes better and is less sweet.

I developed this honey chili sauce for one of my dumplings classes at the library. Everyone who tried it loved the sauce, so I thought I should share it on the blog, too! Besides dipping, the honey chili sauce is good in stir fries or as a finishing sauce for baked salmon or meat. Once you make your own sweet chili sauce, you’ll never go back to the store for another bottle!

A healthier sweet chili sauce made with honey. It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and it's great for stir fries or as a dipping sauce for appetizers!

MASTERING MY MISTAKES / COOKING NOTES

  • Use good honey: The quality of the honey affects the flavor of the sauce. Make sure to use the good stuff!
  • Using other starches: In one of my test batches, I replaced the cornstarch with 2 teaspoons of tapioca starch and I found the consistency to be too viscous. If you want to use tapioca starch (or any other starch with this recipe), I would start with 1 teaspoon of it. Check to see if the thickness of the sauce is to your liking before adding any more starch.
  • Using other sweeteners: If you want to try variations on the sauce, you can use maple syrup, agave or sugar instead of the honey. Personally, I prefer the sauce when it’s made with my local honey.
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Honey Chili Sauce

A healthier sweet chili sauce made with honey. It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and it's great for stir fries or as a dipping sauce for appetizers!
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  • Prep Time: 4 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: About 3/4 cup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (170g) honey
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) water
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 minced garlic (or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients to a medium saucepan. Stir everything until the cornstarch has dissolved.
  2. Bring the sauce to boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Let the sauce cool for 5 to 10 minutes before pouring it into a jar. Once the sauce reaches room temperature, seal the jar and place it in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Notes

NUTRITION INFORMATION: Amount For 1/10th of Recipe: Calories: 58, Total Fat 0g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Sodium: 60mg, Cholesterol: 0mg, Total Carbohydrate: 15.3g, Dietary Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 14g, Protein 0.2g

Use the sauce to make this tasty Honey Chili Garlic Shrimp!

A healthier sweet chili sauce made with honey. It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and it's great for stir fries or as a dipping sauce for appetizers!

3 thoughts on “Honey Chili Sauce

  1. D. Sly
    Hi Lisa. This looks like a must try! Could you clarify your lessons learned comment, please? Do you mean tapioca starch as a substitute for, not in addition to, the cornstarch, right? Looking for a way to make the recipe paleo. Thanks.
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    1. Lisa Lin Post author
      Great question! You are correct, I meant using tapioca starch instead of cornstarch (not in addition to cornstarch). I will clarify that in my notes.
      Reply

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