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Vietnamese Chile Lemongrass Sate Sauce (Tương Ớt Sa Tế)

Vietnamese Chile Lemongrass Sate Sauce (Tương Ớt Sa Tế)

Vietnamese chile lemongrass sate, or tương ớt sa tế is a spicy chile oil that will elevate any dish. This bold sauce gets its flavor from plenty of garlic and fragrant lemongrass.
Course Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian, Vietnamese
Keyword Chile, chile oil, lemongrass, spicy
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 16 tablespoons
Calories 133kcal
Author Suzanne Nuyen


  • 1 cup neutral oil like canola
  • 1 head garlic, minced
  • ½ cup lemongrass, finely chopped
  • ½ cup fresh red chiles, finely chopped Thai or Birds Eye recommended
  • ¼ cup chile flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • Heat 1 cup oil on medium low heat
  • When oil comes to temperature, add lemongrass and let it heat for about 5 minutes
  • Add garlic and continue to heat for about 10 minutes
  • Add fresh chiles and stir. Continue to let mixture heat for another 10 minutes, being careful not to burn the ingredients.
  • Add chile flakes and heat for another 10 minutes
  • Add salt to taste, and cool before jarring
  • Add a thin layer of extra oil on top to keep sate fresh longer.


Serving: 16tablespoon | Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.2g | Protein: 0.7g | Fat: 14.2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 82.5mg | Potassium: 34.4mg | Fiber: 1.3g