Sriracha-Style Asian Chili Sauce

Sriracha-Style Asian Chili Sauce
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
1 3/4 cups


  • 1 ½ pound fresh hot red chile peppers, such as Fresno, Thai, jalapeño, and/or serrano, stemmed and coarsely chopped*

  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar

  • ¼ cup water

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

  • 5 cloves garlic, smashed

  • ½ cup rice vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce (optional)


  1. In a food processor or blender combine chile peppers, brown sugar, the water, salt, and garlic. Cover and process or blend about 3 minutes or until smooth.

  2. Transfer mixture to a 2-quart food-safe ceramic, glass, or plastic bowl or container. Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Place in a dark, dry place at room temperature and let stand for 8 days to ferment, stirring once every day. After 2 to 3 days you should notice bubbling in the mixture, showing that fermentation is occurring.

  3. Return mixture to food processor or blender. Add vinegar. Cover and process or blend until very smooth. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a large saucepan; discard solids.

  4. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 to 10 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring frequently (the sauce with thicken a bit more as it cools). Remove from heat. If desired, stir in fish sauce. Cool to room temperature.

  5. Transfer chili sauce to canning jars or airtight storage containers. Seal and store in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.


Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

7 Calories
1g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 84
Calories 7
% Daily Value *
Sodium 71mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Total Sugars 1g
Vitamin C 11.7mg 59%
Calcium 2mg 0%
Iron 0.1mg 1%
Potassium 28mg 1%
Folate, total 1.9mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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