With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Sweet Chili Thai Sauce with Shrimp Appetizer

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Sweet Chili Thai Sauce with Shrimp Appetizer

Hosting a New Years Party?
Shrimp is always a popular party appetizer and it looks extra tempting presented in individual serving dishes.  For a change, I served the shrimp with a sweet chili Thai sauce.
At an early-December get-together, my friend, Jan served Mae Ploy sweet chili Thai sauce alongside a plate of shrimp.  I loved the sweet and the heat combination!
This Christmas Eve, while preparing shrimp, I remembered the sauce but didn't want to make a last-minute jaunt to the store.  I searched and saw many recipes.
I think this version of sweet chili sauce is a bit tangier than Mae Ploy but it is similar.  Delicious with shrimp and equally yummy on spring rolls!

Sweet Chili Thai Sauce

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup rice *vinegar 
1/2 cup sugar (you can reduce the amount if you prefer less sweet)
2 tsp. fresh ginger, minced
1 tsp. hot chili pepper, minced (I used jalapeno with most of the seeds removed)
2-3 tsp. ketchup

2 tsp. cornstarch mixed with 2 Tbs. cold water

In a small saucepan, whisk together all ingredients except the cornstarch and 2 Tbs. water. Heat to boiling, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.

Stir in the cornstarch/water mixture and continue simmering 2-3 more minutes until thickened.

*My friend, Jan gave me a bottle of Rosemary vinegar that she made herself and I used it in this recipe instead of the rice vinegar. I didn't notice overt Rosemary flavor and loved using this culinary gift from a dear friend :)

Recipe Note:  I considered simmering the sauce for a longer time to reduce instead of a adding the cornstarch to thicken.  I imagine it would be a little more pungent and more concentrated but I plan to try it the next time. 




9 comments:

podso said...

It certainly looks pretty. I like that you can use it on spring rolls too.

Tori Leslie said...

Looks good and just in time for new years eve!! BTW, happy 2015!

Ann Thompson said...

There won't be any party here but that doesn't mean I can't make something special for just us to snack on. This sounds good and I love shrimp

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

I was walking through the grocery store, just there to pick up a couple of things, but cruising to see what all they had. I stared at the jalapenos for quite some time, wondering if I had a recipe in this week's rotation that called for them, decided that I did not, dismissed them, and walked on by. Why, oh why, did I not buy that jalapeno because I have every other ingredient required for making this dish and I am positively drooling at the thought. Also, I love those litle serving dishes. So cute. The perfect presentation.

Susan said...

Sounds totally yummified, LDH. Mmm mmm mmm

Hope your New Year of life is terrific.

Love keep abreast of all your sweet family through your lovely blog. And all those recipes, too! Susan

Heather said...

That sounds so yummy! Happy New Year ~love Heather

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love the idea of having shrimp cocktail without the same old cocktail sauce. The sauce recipe you used sounds great! Happy New Year, Lorraine!

Debbie Petras said...

This looks delicious! I love shrimp and I love spicy. Happy New Year Lorraine.

Blessings and love,
Debbie

kitty said...

Oh Lorraine, this sounds so good! I love shrimp cocktail, but this spicy sauce sounds like something my family would love.
Happy 2015 to you and your family!

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