Easiest 5 minute Garlic Chili Sauce Recipe

This quick and easy 5 minute garlic chili sauce is so bright and refreshing! It is probably the easiest recipe ever: just chop a few things and stir them together!

It’s a great dipping sauce for pot stickers or spring rolls ( like our crazy delicious Fresh Vegetarian Spring Rolls ) and delicious in stir-fries and noodles! If you want a rich flavored sauce, try our Flavor Bomb authentic Thai Peanut Sauce!

Helpful Tips on Making this 5 minute Garlic Chili Sauce:

Can I make this sauce ahead?

This sauce should store well in the refrigerator for one week without any problems. The high acidity from the lime juice and vinegar will preserve it.

What is the difference between this sauce and the original Vietnamese or Thai Garlic Chili Sauce?

Those traditional versions typically contain fish sauce which contribute saltiness and a distinct flavor. They also tend to have more sugar in them to balance the use of more vinegar instead of the high amount of lime juice in our version.

What if the sugar is taking a long time to dissolve?

If you have trouble dissolving the sugar, let the mixture rest for 10-15 minutes after the initial stirring. During this time, give the sauce a stir every now and then. Eventually you should have no crystals of sugar in the bowl.

5 minute Garlic Chili Sauce Recipe:

Easiest 5 Minute Garlic Chili Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Easy 5 minute garlic chili sauce recipe: so bright and refreshing, a great dipping sauce for pot stickers, spring rolls, and in stir fry dishes and noodles!  It’s a vegan alternative  inspired by the classic favorite in most Vietnamese and Thai restaurants.

Course: Main Course, sauce
Cuisine: Thai, Vietnamese
Servings: 12
Author: A Piece of Rainbow
  • ½ cup lime juice (about 4 limes)
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
  • 2 each red thai chili, dried or fresh, chopped fine
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir to dissolve the sugar. It tastes great with our crazy delicious Fresh Vegetarian Spring Rolls

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