Thai Chili Paste Recipe

Thai chili paste, also known as “Nam Prik” in Thai, is a fiery and aromatic condiment that adds a burst of flavor to a wide array of dishes. Crafted from a blend of chilies, garlic, shallots, and various herbs, this condiment embodies the perfect balance of heat, sweetness, and savory notes.

Whether used as a dipping sauce, marinade, or a base for curries, Thai chili paste is a versatile and indispensable component of Thai cuisine.

Thai Chili Paste Ingredients

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Making the Thai Chili Paste

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Notes & Tips


  • Shrimp Paste: Shrimp paste adds a distinctive umami flavor to the chili paste. If you’re vegetarian or don’t have shrimp paste, you can omit it or replace it with a vegetarian alternative.
  • Adjust Spice Level: The spice level can be adjusted by controlling the number of chilies and seeds you include.
  • Storage: Store the chili paste in the refrigerator for an extended shelf life. It can last for several weeks when refrigerated.

This homemade Thai chili paste can be used as a condiment, a base for soups and stir-fries, or a flavor enhancer in various Thai dishes.

This recipe produces approximately 1 cup of red Thai chili paste.

Unlock the secret to authentic Thai flavors with this bold and piquant Thai chili paste, elevating your culinary creations to new heights. Immerse yourself in the tantalizing world of Thai cuisine, where each spoonful of this fiery condiment tells a story of tradition, spice, and culinary mastery.

Discover the essence of Thai cuisine – experience the bold and irresistible allure of Thai chili paste.

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  • Photo by Vicky Wasik.
  • frying pan by Souvik Bhattacharjee.