Let’s Make Homemade Thermomix Thai Chili Paste – Nam Prik Pao Recipe


Nam Prik Pao otherwise known as Thai Chili Paste is one of the base ingredients in Thai cooking. The chilli paste is available commercially but this recipe is delicious and simple to make using the Thermomix. 

Nam Prik Pao

Nam Prik Pao

If you’ve ever wondered what to do with a surplus of chilli from the garden, try this recipe. It will keep for at least a month in the fridge if you use a sterilised jar.

Thai Chili Sauce

Thermomix Thai Chili Paste - Nam Prik Pao

Julie Carlyle
If you've ever wondered what to do with a surplus of chilli from the garden, try this recipe. It's delicious and used in a range of Thai dishes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 23 mins
Course Condiment, Preserve, Sauce
Cuisine Asian, Thai
Servings 20 TBS
Calories 74 kcal


  • 180 g fresh red chillies approx 20 chillies - sliced in half with seeds removed
  • 20 g fresh ginger
  • 45 g garlic approx 20 cloves -peeled
  • 190 g onion peeled and quartered
  • 100 g vegetable oil
  • 70 g palm sugar *light brown sugar can be substituted
  • 55 g tamarind paste
  • 85 g fish sauce *see alternative in notes
  • 25 g vinegar


  • Place the onion, chili, garlic and ginger into the TM bowl. Chop 10sec/Speed 9.
  • Scrape down the bowl and add oil. Sautee 10min/Varoma/Speed 2 (MC OUT). Place the internal steam basket over the lid to reduce splatters.
  • Add palm sugar, tamarind paste, vinegar and fish sauce. Cook 10min/Varoma/Speed 2 (MC OUT). Place the internal steam basket over the lid to reduce splatters.


If you are unable to use fish sauce substitute soy sauce. The flavour will be different but still delicious. Use only 2 TBS of soy sauce! 


Calories: 74kcalCarbohydrates: 7gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 343mgPotassium: 85mgSugar: 4gVitamin A: 85IUVitamin C: 14.5mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 0.3mg
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One of my Chilli Plants

One of my Chilli Plants

I have three chilli plants in my garden and for some reason, they all produce copious amounts of chilli at the same time and then just stop! It’s a little frustrating as I go from a glut situation to a total shortage.

Fresh Chillies

Fresh Chillies

I’ve developed a few different methods for preserving the chillies so I always have some on hand.

Preserved Thai Chili Paste

Preserved Thai Chili Paste

How to Preserve Surplus Chilli

  1. Use a dehydrator overnight to produce dried chilli, store in a jar until required.
  2. Chilli Jam – this is a sweet and only slightly hot chilli jam. It’s fabulous on sandwiches and cheese boards. (I will share the recipe shortly)
  3. My Nam Prik Pao – Thai Chili Paste refrigerated for use as required.
Hot Thai Chilli Sauce

Hot Thai Chilli Sauce

I’ve developed this recipe after numerous trips to Thailand. Thailand is one of my favourite foodie holiday destinations. We have visited various regions on different occasions and attended many Thai cooking classes.

Making some of the Thai sauces and spices blends by hand with a  mortar and pestle is an act of love. It involves a lot of muscle! After each class, I’m always in a hurry to get home and translate the recipe for the Thermomix. It’s not that I don’t “love” cooking, I do, but if I like to take shortcuts when I can. Afterall shortcuts mean I will be eating sooner.

Thai Chili Sauce

Thai Chili Sauce

Thai Chili Paste is used for a little heat in many Thai recipes but it’s also a fabulous condiment to stir into noodles or serve as a side dish. I will be sharing a simple Pad Thai Gai recipe which uses this sauce in the next few days so make sure you’ve subscribed to receive the recipe.

In the meantime, if you would like to spice up my Nasi Goreng recipe this Thai chili paste would be the perfect accompaniment.

Nasi Goreng Thermomix Style

Nasi Goreng Thermomix Style

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Thai Chili Paste Pin - Nam Prik Pao

Thai Chili Paste Pin – Nam Prik Pao

Thanks so much for stopping by. J xx

4 thoughts on “Let’s Make Homemade Thermomix Thai Chili Paste – Nam Prik Pao Recipe”

  1. Sky says:

    Do you know if this goes well being frozen in Ice Cube sizes?

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Sky
      I’m sure it could be frozen. I usually use small snack size ziplock bags as it is easier to get out when I need them. Then Chili paste will also keep really well in the fridge with a layer of oil over the top. I have kept a jar for more than 12 months.

  2. Sarah says:

    5 stars
    Delicious chilli sauce, exactly what I was looking for to use up an abundance of fresh chillies from our garden and so simple too. Much tastier than shop bought!

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      I’m so pleased you enjoyed the recipe 🙂 This my “go to” recipe when my Chilli plants go crazy!
      Happy Cooking

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