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Authentic Pad Thai sauce in a jar.

Best Homemade Pad Thai Sauce Recipe

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  • Author: Suwanee
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1.5 cups 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


If you're a fan of Thai food, then you're in for a treat with this best homemade Pad Thai sauce recipe. It captures the authentic flavors of this popular Thai dish, combining tangy, sweet, and savory elements in perfect balance. Learn how to make our own Pad Thai sauce using only 6 ingredients for this recipe! 




  1. Make tamarind paste from the pulp using this homemade tamarind recipe. You can also use tamarind concentrate from a jar. Store leftover tamarind paste in a glass jar in the fridge for other recipes! (Check below for other delicious tamarind recipes!)
  2. Add two tablespoons of oil over medium heat In a medium skillet with deep sides. Once hot, add garlic and shallot and cook until lightly golden brown. Using a small stock pot works too.
  3. Add the tamarind paste, fish sauce, and palm sugar, and stir well until the palm sugar melts. Stirring continuously until the sugar dissolves and the sauce reaches a smooth consistency and thickens slightly.
  4. You should have a dark and slightly thick tamarind sauce. Carefully taste the sauce (it's hot! ). Adjust the flavors according to your preference. If you prefer it tangier, add more lime juice; if you like it sweeter, add more sugar and fish sauce for a saltier flavor. Customizing the sauce to your liking is the key to creating a truly exceptional Pad Thai.
  5. Remove the sauce from the pan and pour into a heat-safe container like a glass bowl or jar. The sauce will thickens as it cools. You can stop here or add this next step.
  6. Optional step! Once the sauce cools, add the Pad Thai sauce to a small food processor to get a smooth tamarind puree sauce. I didn't, as I loved the texture of the garlic and shallot and used the sauce as a dipping sauce. Do as you wish with this step. You're the boss now! (;


  • Experiment with the sweetness and tanginess of the sauce to find your perfect balance. Start with the recommended measurements and adjust according to your taste preferences.
  • Use quality palm sugar with no white sugar added. Soft palm sugar paste-like form is the best for making this Pad Thai sauce. 
  • Use good quality tamarind paste for the best results. Look for brands that offer pure tamarind paste without any additives.
  • A small stock pot works for making the sauce. However, I find that the wider pan helps with the consistency of the sauce. A large saucepan will not work, as the sauce gets burnt easily. 
  • A small wok works too. A large pok could work only if it has a round bottom. My carbon steel wok cooks the sauce too quickly despite the low heat I tested the recipe on. 
  • Wash your pan as soon as it is enough to wash. The sticky caramelized sauce is hard to wash off once hardened! 

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  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: Sauces, Easy recipes
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Thai