Tangy, sour, hot and sweet all at once, this dipping sauce is an ideal companion for grilled Thai-style shrimp, fried spring rolls or crab Rangoon. Adjust the heat and sugar to accommodate your preference.

Prep time: 0 min

Cook time: 10 min

Total time: 10 min

Spicy Tamarind Dipping Sauce
Copyright Recipe © 2015 Woodland Foods


Makes 2-1/4 cups

  • 2 Cups Water

  • 2 Tablespoons Tamarind Paste

  • 1/4 Cup White Sugar

  • 3 Cloves Garlic, minced

  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Chile-Garlic Sauce

  • 1 Teaspoon Soy Sauce

  • 1/4 Cup Fish Sauce

  • 2 Teaspoons Corn Starch

  • 1 Scallion, minced

  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh Cilantro, minced


  1. Bring water, Tamarind Paste, sugar and garlic to a boil in small saucepan over high heat, whisking to combine. When sugar is dissolved, reduce heat to medium.

  2. Whisk together chile-garlic sauce, soy sauce, cornstarch and fish sauce in small bowl. Whisk sauce mixture into tamarind mixture. Simmer for another minute, stirring often, until thickened to sauce-like consistency.

  3. Remove from heat and let cool. Garnish with scallion and cilantro.

  4. Store in refrigerator for up to a week.