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Easy Chili Cherry Sauce

Fresh cherries unite with chili flakes in this delightfully delicious, easy, 6 ingredient, chili cherry sauce ~ which pairs so well with everything from wings to burgers to curries to veggie curries.

jar with delicious easy spicy cherry sauce

I love sweet treats. I will always pick a stack of oatmeal pancakes with a very generous pour of maple syrup over a savory spinach mushroom bake. On those nights when I’m not feeling like cooking dinner, I rummage around in the freezer and grab a popsicle to nibble on.

And usually, I am a decent maker of said sweet treats. Just a few weekends ago, I made and enjoyed these golden donuts. Then there were these vegan cupcakes my daughter and I were deliriously delighted with. 

But, these past couple of weeks, every time I try to make something sweet, it’s been like a complete disaster ~ kind of like the early 90’s trend of “bottled water for pets.”

gray board with cherries and chilies

Last weekend I tried to make baked oatmeal donuts. But, when I pulled the donut pan out of the oven, that oatmeal mixture had spread all over the middle raised part that would have been the center donut whole. And… well… those donuts resembled a certain part of the female anatomy more than they did donuts!

Then, this Saturday I tried to make some ruby chocolate truffles with some of the ruby chocolate I had leftover after making these strawberry popsicles. I melted it with the more solid part of of coconut milk (that forms when you refrigerate a can of coconut milk) and some coconut oil. I stirred this gorgeous ruby hued creamy concoction well and placed it in the fridge to set. Well, after 6 hours in the fridge those truffles were still cream

So, when I got home from Sprouts with more bags of cherries than I intended to buy, I figured I would not even attempt to make some cherry muffins or cherry chocolate cupcakes.

Instead I opted to make a super easy Chili Cherry Sauce (Coulis). And this sauce did not disappoint.

How to make this homemade Chili Cherry Sauce?

6 ingredients to make spicy cherry sauce

With just 6 ingredients you probably have in your kitchen, this chili cherry sauce is so easy to make.

Just place all the ingredients, which include cherries, maple syrup (or honey), red wine vinegar, salt, grated garlic, and chili flakes in a pan over a medium heat, cover and simmer 15-20 minutes.
And voila! You have a delicious sauce to enjoy!

What does this Chili Cherry Sauce pair with?

This spicy cherry sauce is delicious on toast and pairs beautifully with everything from chicken to fish to veggies.

Serve it warm along with these salmon croquettes, slather it on these lentil potato patties, or chili is and serve it on top of these crackers with a small piece of cheese.

My daughter and I have even enjoyed this chili cherry sauce with these spicy chicken stuffed buns.

jar with delicious easy chili cherry sauce and cherries and whole chilies scattered around it.
jar with delicious easy chili cherry sauce and cherries and whole chilies scattered around it.

Easy Chili Cherry Sauce Recipe

4.62 from 13 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Shashi
Fresh cherries unite with chili flakes in this delightfully delicious, easy, 6 ingredient, chili cherry sauce ~ which pairs so well with everything from wings to burgers to curries to veggie curries.


  • 1 heaping cup of cherries
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp chili flakes less if you would rather this sauce not be too spicy


  • Wash the cherries. Then remove their stems and pits and place them in a pan.
  • Remove the skins off the garlic and use a grater to grate them into the pan as well.*
  • Add the maple syrup, salt, chili flakes, and red wine vinegar to the pan and place the pan over a stove-top set to medium heat.
  • Cover the pan and let the ingredients simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove from stove-top and, if you like a less chunky sauce, blend the ingredients together in a food processor or with an immersion blender.
  • Serve warm or chilled.


*If you plan on blending this sauce, then you don’t need to grate the garlic. Just add the cloves to the pan.
**If you would like this sauce to be a bit more liquid, then remove from the heat at 15 minutes, You can also add 2-3 tbsp of water to thin the sauce out before you simmer all the ingredients together.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g
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  3. Alyssa says:

    Thank you! How long will this sauce last in the fridge? Wondering whether I can make a large batch with the cherries I just picked.

  4. Natalie says:

    Just made this sauce, it is awesome. The mix of sweet and spicy is perfect!

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  6. Sarrah says:

    Made this, thinned it with water and it is absolutely amazing! You need to bottle this and sell it!

  7. David @ Spiced says:

    Haha! I have totally been there with the dessert mishaps, Shashi. I’ve gone back over recipes and pondered where the mistake happened…but it still doesn’t solve the problem that a string of dessert failures makes you question baking! But I say get back up on that horse! Also, I really support this chili cherry sauce. We’ve been grilling A TON lately, and this sounds like a great way to put a fun twist on a grilled recipe. Love it!

  8. Toni says:

    I love the flavor combination of sweetness of fresh cherries and spicy chili! So good!

  9. Nart at Cooking with Nart says:

    Wow, this is such an interesting combination. Who would have thought you could mix cherries with chili flakes, garlic, and vinegar? Definitely going to try this!

  10. angiesrecipes says:

    What an exciting chilli sauce recipe! Since the cherry is in season now, this is definitely a must make for me!

  11. Bindi says:

    We love your sweet chili sauce so cannot wait to try this one!

  12. Cookilicious says:

    Now, this is my kind of recipe.. I love chilies!

  13. Erika says:

    I’ve never had chili sauce with cherries before, and this looks amazing! I can’t wait to give this a try.

  14. Biana says:

    I love anything with cherries, so this sauce is a must try for me!