Thai BBQ Sauce

Yum on ribs, but perfect with shrimp and salmon…

Like hoisin BBQ sauce, this spicy Thai BBQ sauce is a turn away from the typical norm. It’s sweet, tangy, and earthy – like many sauces – but behind it all is an unusual foreign flair fueled by oyster sauce, fish sauce, and Thai chili paste. Thai BBQ sauce is tasty on ribs, steak, and chicken, but, frankly, it finds its real culinary home with grilled salmon and shrimp. The seafood pairs well with the unique flavors behind the recipe.

There’s just a little simmer of heat in the current recipe. The Thai chili sauce has a mellow burn and the cayenne pepper provides a little extra punch. If you want it spicier, increase that cayenne incrementally. It’s best to adjust any ingredients after the sauce has melded together for an hour or two. Ingredients like fish sauce and oyster sauce are strong flavors that will mellow with a little rest prior to use (and the sauce may even taste hotter). If you have the time, give the sauce a period to gel prior to tweaking the heat. 

Thai BBQ Sauce

Thai BBQ Sauce

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 1/2 cup oyster sauce
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Thai chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger grated
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Add all ingredients to a glass bowl and stir to fully combine.
  • For the best flavor, chill the sauce for 1 to 2 hours prior to using to allow the flavors to meld. 
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on January 20, 2021 to include new content.
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