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Fresh Thai Chili Garlic Sauce Recipe

by Jeanette on April 21, 2014 · 15 Comments
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If you like super spicy hot sauce, you have to give this homemade Fresh Thai Chili Garlic Sauce recipe a try.
Thai Chili Sauce © Jeanette's Healthy Living

Danger: This Fresh Thai Chili Garlic Sauce is for serious hot chili afficianados. Do not attempt unless you are willing to have your nostril hairs burned off! I’m not trying to scare you off, just making sure you’re in the know before you try this XXXtra Hot Chili Sauce.

Made with fresh Thai chilies, including all their seeds (that’s what makes chilies super spicy), this Thai Chili Garlic Sauce is similar to sambal oelek that you’ll find at the supermarket, except it’s fresh-made.

Make sure you don’t rub your eyes after making this sauce until you’ve thoroughly washed your hands with soap and water.

Thai Chilies

As I was buzzing the chilies around in my food processor, the vapors made my nose run and I was sneezing by the end of it. Warning: Do not going anywhere close to the food processor while it is working on the chili sauce.

Thai Chili Sauce © Jeanette's Healthy Living

I let this Thai Chili Sauce “mature” or ferment on my countertop for a week, covered with a little plastic wrap. I think the extra bit of aging makes a big difference in the end product. This chili sauce is seriously good and seriously hot!

Thai Chili Sauce © Jeanette's Healthy Living

Fresh Thai Chili Garlic Sauce

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

This chili sauce is scorchingly hot! Beware! Remove the seeds if you want a milder version of this chili sauce.


  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups fresh Thai chilies, stems trimmed
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon organic sugar


  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Store in a glass container and cover with plastic wrap. Let sit on the countertop for a week to develop flavors. Refrigerate after that.

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  1. Yum! Let the nostril hair burning begin!

  2. Thai chilies..oh boy..you def don’t want to mess around with these. I learned this the hard way. Thanks for the tip on allowing it to ferment for a bit before refrigerating!

  3. Love this! I am going to make some.

  4. md Kennedy says:

    Awesome! My husband and I will have sweaty foreheads and runny noses galore! Like others, I, too love the idea of letting it ferment a bit before refrigerating.

  5. Gorgeous chilies and the sauce almost looks too pretty to eat :-)

  6. This sauce is absolutely perfect! We are always looking for ways to give a bit of heat to our food, and I can’t wait to try this.

  7. Great idea to make homemade version with organic sugar and good quality ingredients!

  8. Love it, I can’t wait to try it! It is just the two of us…how long do you think it lasts in the fridge?

  9. This would be a huge hit at our house – we love spicy food :) Great tip about not rubbing your eyes too – I’ve learned the hard way in the past haha ;) Great recipe and the color is gorgeous!

  10. LOVE THIS ONE!! Sharing now

  11. Laurie V. says:

    I would suggest processing it in the food processor & scooping into a glass container …… Outside ! Then bring the glass container in to ferment on your countertop.
    I make my own horseradish…and I “have to” do it outside too.

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