Hawaiian Chili Pepper Water

READY IN: 8hrs 5mins
Recipe by JenSmith

This is a popular condiment in Hawaii, but you can use it wherever you are. It goes great with rice and Asian-style dishes and it's easy to make. Remember to keep it refrigerated to preserve the flavor and color.

Top Review by Micah L.

This is a good recipe but I'm Maui born and Raised, have been a chef for 20 years. Thought I'd share an old family recipe of the same but tweaked a bit. I boil 4 Cups water, 12 Hawaiian or Thai peppers, can use 2 small serrano as well. 6 cloves garlic rough chop, 4 tbsp ACV or white vinegar, 1 rounded tbsp sea salt. Bring to a boil for 3-5 minutes, reduce heat to a simmer for another 10. Store in container and leave out of fridge for at least 2 days to allow water to ferment. And if it's too hot for you, reduce peppers and add pineapple juice instead of vinegar. Makes it a sweet and spicy sauce. Great on ric and fish.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine the ingredients in a clean and sterilized pint (500 mL) bottle or jar. Pour in about 2 cups of hot water and let the mixture steep at room temperature overnight.
  2. Refrigerate in the morning.

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