A lot of pre-packaged store-bought tamarind sauces taste too sweet or too sour. Try this delicious tamarind sauce recipe instead, perfect for your BBQ dishes, and great with meats, poultry and shrimp.

– 2 cups tamarind paste – ½ cup water boiling hot – ¼ cup brown sugar – 1½ teaspoons red chili powder or cayenne pepper – 1 teaspoon ground cumin – 1 teaspoon salt – 2 cloves garlic crushed – 1 teaspoon ginger powder – 1 tablespoon olive oil


In a small saucepan, combine the tamarind paste and hot water. Stir to dissolve the paste. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Pour into a small saucepan and bring to a boil and simmer at medium-high heat, stirring constantly until the sauce has thickened (or 5-10 minutes).

Step 1:

Remove the sauce from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes. Pass the sauce through a fine-mesh sieve to discard all solids. Use to brush meats for grilling or serve alongside your barbecue. To store, pour the sauce into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator or freezer for up to a month.

Step 2:

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