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Sauce Ti-Malice (Sos Ti-Malice): A Taste of the Haitian Caribbean Cuisine

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Hailing from the vibrant culinary scene of Haiti, Sauce Ti-Malice (Sos Ti-Malice in Haitian Creole) isn’t just a condiment, it’s an experience. This fiery sauce graces plates piled high with rice, meat, poultry, or seafood. Made with a base of oil, spices, and a touch of tang (either from pikliz, a spicy pickled relish, or hot peppers), it’s further enlivened by tomato and a squeeze of citrus.

Traditionally crafted with fresh herbs and spices, Sauce Ti-Malice offers a customizable heat level. But for those seeking convenience, a good dry seasoning blend can be a worthy substitute. No matter your approach, this Haitian staple promises to add a burst of flavor to every dish.

The comical story behind Sos Ti-Malice (Sauce Ti-Malice)

In Haiti, a fiery sauce called Sauce Ti Malice, or Sos Ti-Malice, has a surprisingly playful origin story. It all started with two best friends, Ti-Malice, a bit of a trickster, and Bouki, who wasn’t shy about sharing a meal. Tired of Bouki’s lunchtime visits always coinciding with his own delicious meals, Ti-Malice cooked up a plan. He prepared a super spicy sauce to deter his friend. But to his surprise, Bouki loved it! In fact, Bouki couldn’t stop raving about the sauce, running through the streets and telling everyone about Ti-Malice’s special creation. And that’s how the infamous Sauce Ti Malice, named after the trickster himself, came to be.

Sauce Ti-Malice
Sauce Ti-Malice

Sauce Ti Malice: A Versatile Delight

This fiery Haitian sauce isn’t just for brave taste buds. It’s a fantastic condiment that elevates meat, poultry, and seafood dishes. Here’s how to use it:

  • Double Duty: Prepare the sauce and then simmer your protein (fish, chicken, pork, etc.) directly in it for an extra flavorful dish.
  • Leftover Love: Many cooks utilize leftover cooking liquids from meat or poultry to create their Sauce Ti Malice, adding another layer of richness.

Making Magic: Simple Yet Flavorful

Don’t be intimidated by the heat! Sauce Ti Malice is surprisingly easy to make. Here are some tips for a delicious version:

  • Quality Counts: Over the years, I’ve learned that fresh ingredients are key. Don’t settle for old spices or subpar tomato products.
  • Tailor to Your Taste: Remember, this is your sauce! Adjust the spice level with the peppers and Pikliz to suit your preference. My own eating habits have changed, so I tend to go a bit lighter on the heat these days.

The Power of Pikliz

This vibrant condiment is a staple in Haitian cuisine. Made with cabbage, carrots, peas, and a symphony of spices and herbs, Pikliz is pickled in white vinegar. It adds a delightful tang and crunch to your plate, and pairs perfectly with fried, grilled, roasted meats, poultry, and even fritters.

So, next time you’re looking for a flavorful boost to your meal, give Sauce Ti Malice a try! With its versatility and ease of preparation, it’s sure to become a new favorite.

Sauce Ti-Malice
Sauce Ti-Malice

The Ingredients For The Recipe

Olive oil: It is a common cooking oil that adds fat and flavor to the sauce.

Onion: It adds a pungent flavor to the sauce. You can use chopped onion or shallots.

Garlic clove: It is another common ingredient that adds a sharp and savory flavor to the sauce.

Whole cloves: They add a warm, aromatic flavor to the sauce.

Red bell peppers: They add a slightly sweet and smoky flavor to the sauce. You can also use green peppers.

Tomato paste: It concentrates the tomato flavor and adds a bit of sweetness and umami to the sauce.

Pikliz: It is a spicy pickled condiment made with cabbage, scotch bonnet peppers, carrots, and onions. It adds a spicy and tangy flavor to the sauce.

Lime or lemon juice: It adds acidity and brightness to the sauce.

Salt and ground pepper: They are used to season the sauce according to taste.

Thyme sprigs: They add a subtle herbal flavor to the sauce.

Water: It is used to thin out the sauce to the desired consistency.

Mastering the Art of Sauce Ti-Malice: A Guide to Haitian Flavor

Sauce Ti-Malice, a fiery Haitian staple, isn’t just about heat – it’s about capturing the vibrant essence of the Caribbean. Here’s how to create this versatile sauce in your own kitchen:

Building the Foundation:

  • Oil of Choice: Start with a high-quality oil like extra virgin olive oil or grapeseed oil. These add a subtle flavor base that won’t overpower the other ingredients.
  • Freshness is Key: Use fresh spices whenever possible. Whole spices like cloves, allspice berries, and thyme sprigs offer superior aroma and taste compared to pre-ground options. Grind them just before using to release their full potential.
  • Tomato Matters: Opt for a good quality tomato paste or crushed tomatoes. Avoid heavily seasoned varieties, as they can clash with the other flavors. If you have time, using fresh, ripe tomatoes adds a touch of sweetness and vibrancy.

Customization is King:

  • Spice it Up (or Down): The heat level is all yours! Traditionally, scotch bonnet peppers or habaneros are used. For a milder heat, use less pepper or remove the seeds. Alternatively, add a kick with a few drops of your favorite hot sauce.
  • The Magic of Pikliz: This Haitian pickled condiment adds a delightful tang and crunch. Make your own or use a store-bought version. Adjust the amount based on your desired level of tang.
  • Herbs vs. Worcestershire: Fresh herbs like thyme and oregano bring a bright, earthy note. If you prefer, Worcestershire sauce can be added for a touch of savoriness, but use it sparingly. The choice is yours!

Secret Weapon: The Finishing Touches:

  • Lemon Love: A squeeze of fresh lemon juice brightens the sauce and cuts through the heat. Adjust the amount to your taste preference.
  • Shallot Surprise: While onions are traditional, shallots offer a milder, slightly sweeter option. Experiment and see which you prefer.
  • Beyond Meat: Don’t limit yourself! Sauce Ti-Malice complements roasted or grilled vegetables, adds a kick to stews, or even enlivens grains like rice and quinoa.

Remember: There’s no single “right” way to make Sauce Ti-Malice. Embrace the spirit of Caribbean cooking – experiment, adjust, and, most importantly, have fun! With a little practice, you’ll be whipping up this flavorful sauce like a pro, adding a taste of Haiti to your meals.

Sauce Ti-Malice is one of the most common Caribbean Sauce

Sauce Ti-Malice or Sos Ti Malice is one of the most common sauces in Haiti.
Prepared with oil, onion, fresh herbs and spices, Pilkiz or hot peppers, tomato paste, lemon juice and lots of love. Use as a condiment for roasted or grilled meat, poultry and seafood.
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped or 1/2 cup shallots chopped
  • 1 garlic clove chopped finely
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1/2 cup red bell peppers (or green peppers) sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons Pikliz
  • 1 tablespoon lime or lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • Salt and ground pepper to taste
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 2 cups water at room temperature


  • In a large frying pan or saucepan, heat oil on medium to high heat, add remaining ingredients one after the other, making sure that all ingredients are well blended and slightly cooked for 3 minutes.
  • Add water, stir to incorporate, season to taste and cook over low to medium heat for 12-15 minutes.
  • Serve with fried, roasted, and grilled meat or poultry.

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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