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Homemade Chili Garlic Sauce

Asian style chili garlic sauce is great to go with dumplingsnoodlesrice and other dishes. It is a great condiment for food, especially if you like spicy food because it does give more flavor to the foods. This simple and delicious homemade chili garlic sauce has a few ingredients and takes around 30 minutes. Let’s learn how to make chili garlic sauce at home!
Course sauce
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 30
Calories 37kcal
Author Tracy O.


  • 20 pieces Red Fresno chili peppers (Around 1 pound)
  • 2 head Whole garlic (Medium large sized)
  • ½ cup Vegetable oil
  • 1.5 tablespoons Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vinegar


  • Peel and wash 2 heads of medium large sized whole garlic.
  • Then, put the peeled and washed garlic into the chopper. Mince the garlic into small pieces, don't need to be fine.
  • After that, wash and cut 20 medium sized red Fresno chili peppers (around 1 pound) into chunks.
  • Next, put the cut chili peppers into the chopper and chop until they are smaller pieces. (I separate two times to chop the peppers because my chopper is small. If you have a food processor, you can do it all at once.)
  • The following step, pour ½ cup of vegetable oil into the pan. Turn on medium small fire and heat up the oil.
  • When the oil is hot, add the minced garlic slowly into the oil. Level the minced garlic and let it simmer for 1-2 minutes.
  • After, add chopped red chili peppers into the pan.
  • Mix the garlic and chili peppers well. Then, simmer for 5-6 minutes. Keep stirring once a while.
  • Add 1.5 tablespoons of salt, 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of vinegar. Mix it well.
  • Lastly, let it simmer for another 5-6 minutes. Also, keep stirring once a while.



Cooking tips for how to make homemade garlic chili sauce:

  • In this homemade chili garlic recipe, I use red Fresno chili peppers. If you use other kinds of chili pepper such as Thai chili, just put a tiny little bit at a time when you eat them because Thai chili is very spicy.
  • Also, you may need to adjust the amount of chili peppers depending on the sizes and different types of peppers. 
  • If you have sensitive hands, please wear gloves before handling the chili peppers. 
  • Turn on medium small fire and heat up oil. When the oil is hot, put the minced garlic into the hot oil slowly and let it cook for 1-2 minutes.   
  • Add minced chili peppers and mix well with garlic. Let it simmer for 5-6 minutes. 
  • After adding salt, sugar and vinegar. Let it simmer for another 5-6 minutes. 
  • Sterilized glass containers before storing the sauce and cover with airtight seal. And, refrigerate the sauce.
  • Remember to use a clean and dry spoon every time when you scoop the chili sauce out. 


Calories: 37kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 349mg | Potassium: 10mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg