Sweet Chili Soy Sauce

Preparation info
  • Makes

    1 cup

    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      35 min

Appears in
Katie Chin's Everyday Chinese Cookbook: 101 Delicious Recipes from My Mother's Kitchen

By Katie Chin

Published 2016

  • About

My husband says this sauce is just like me: sweet, spicy, exotic and sometimes salty. Ha! I just love the sweet heat in this sauce, which is filled with piquant flavor and finishes with a fennel-like note from the star anise. Drizzle it over your favorite dumplings or steamed fish.


  • ¾ cup (185 ml) soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons water


  1. Combine the soy sauce, water, sugar, star anise and crushed red pepper in a small pan or skillet and mix with a fork or spoon.
  2. Cook over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and discard the star anise.
  3. Allow the sauce to cool for about an hour. Pour the cooled sauce into a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Use immediately or st