Thai Sweet Chili Seasoning
Thai Sweet Chili Seasoning fuses the flavor aesthetics of nam chim, a variety of thin- to medium-bodied Thai dipping sauces, with the versatility of an easy-to-use seasoning blend. It is also known as Thai chili seasoning or Thai chicken wings dry rub.
What is Thai Sweet Chili Seasoning?
Packed with sweet heat and a salty, sour punch, Thai Sweet Chili Seasoning turns the best of nam chim into an all-around seasoning that’s perfect for everyday use. A masterful combination of salty, sweet, spicy, and sour, this blend is sweet-forward, with tempered chile heat and plenty of citrus for balance.
History of Thai Sweet Chili Seasoning
One day we got an email from one of our regular customers, who wanted to know if and when we were going to have a seasoning blend that mimicked the flavors of a thick, corn starch-y bottle of sweet Thai sauce. Called nam chim kai in Thai, or “dipping sauce for chicken”, this sticky condiment is a medium-heat blend of peppers, sugar or honey, and a variety of other products, from fish sauce to garlic to vinegar and beyond, depending on a particular chef’s preferred recipe. While it’s traditionally used on chicken, it is also served with other foods like crab cakes or spring rolls.
We worked through four or five incarnations of this seasoning blend in our test kitchen before we hit on the right flavor combination. It wasn’t spicy enough, or it wasn’t sweet enough, or the tart lime flavors got lost during cooking. In order to get it right we tried, and then kept trying, until we hit the jackpot and developed this beautiful blend. It’s fragrant and bold, an umami powerhouse that you’ll want to turn to again and again.
This sweet-forward seasoning blend opens with the welcoming, sweet/tart contrast of coconut sugar against lemongrass and makrut lime leaf, shored up by the salty funk of tamari soy sauce powder and the playful, lemony burn from ginger. Heat from the Thai bird chile powder drives in to dominate the middle ground of this seasoning blend, until the comforting essence of cinnamon and galangal’s stalwart earthiness emerge to create an amiable finish.
How to use Thai Sweet Chili Seasoning
We love Thai Sweet Chili Seasoning as a blend to toss over chicken wings, but it can go anywhere your imagination takes you. Stir this into peanut sauce and pour over stir-fried noodles. Simmer rice in coconut milk blended with Thai Sweet Chili Seasoning, or just stir into the water for rice that you’re preparing to steam or boil. Mix with vinegar and sesame oil and top with green onions to create a sauce for wontons. Sprinkle across Hot and Sour Soup or get adventurous and make some sweet-and-spicy ice cream. This would be wonderful rubbed over red snapper and grilled. Roast diced eggplant coated in Thai Sweet Chili Seasoning to toss over rice or noodles. Sprinkle over popcorn for a savory snack.
Tips from Our Kitchen
We normally recommend using one tablespoon of seasoning per pound of meat; when making chicken wings we recommend using two tablespoons per pound.
|Ingredients||Coconut sugar, sea salt, garlic, tamari soy sauce, cinnamon, Makrut lime leaves, ginger, Thai chiles, galangal, and lemongrass.|
|Also Called||Thai chili seasoning, Thai chicken wings dry rub.|
|Recommended Uses||Rub over chicken wings, sprinkled over popcorn, mixed with liquid as a dipping sauce, tossed on grilled shrimp or cod.|
|Flavor Profile||Sweet-forward with a spicy backbone and tart and savory aspects.|
|How To Store||Airtight container in a cool, dark place|
|Shelf Life||6-12 months|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Dietary Preferences||Gluten Free, Kosher, Non-GMO|
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Serving Size1 tsp
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