Sauce “TiMalice”

115Last Sunday I was hosting a dinner at my apartment with some friends.
And as I was passing the rice to my fiance, he looked at me and  nicely asked : ” Any sauce babe?”
I couldn’t help but burst out laughing because it was an oh-so-typical Haitian question that is often asked at a dinner table.
A Haitian dinner is not complete without some sauce ” tiMalice” . You MUST have it! I can never stress it enough.
It’s kind of a hot sauce that is served in any dinner. It’s often poured over rice or served with meat.

However, I just wanted to know where this name came from ” ti Malice” ? What does the name of a character have to do with a sauce?
So I did some research and this is what I found:

“Two men, Ti-Malice and Bouki, are good friends. Ti-Malice has meat for lunch everyday and Bouki just so happens to show up at Ti-Malice’s house every day around lunch time. Haitians, being good natured, offer whatever they are eating to their guests. So Bouki winds up sharing Ti-Malice’s meat every day.
One day, Ti-Malice decides to trick Bouki and prepares a very hot sauce for the meat, hoping to deter Bouki from coming back at lunchtime to eat his food. Bouki tastes the meat with the hot sauce on it and runs all over town shouting to everyone ‘Come taste the sauce Ti-Malice made for me’; and that’s how Sauce Ti-Malice got its name.” 


  • 2tbsp of Olive oil (Most of the time it’s replaced by lard or chicken fat)
  • 1/4 of bell pepper
  • 1/4 of purple onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper (optional)
  • parsley
  • thyme
  • 1tbsp of tomato paste
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 cube of maggi
  • 1 cup of water


  1. Cut your onion and bell pepper vertically. Save some to add to your sauce later. That way they don’t become too soft after boiling.
  2. Sautee your onion and bell pepper and garlic.
  3. Add your tbsp of tomato paste ,  Then add the maggi cube.
  4. Pour in your water and lemon juice.
  5. Add spices ( parsley, thyme, salt, black pepper)
  6. Add your scotch bonnet pepper and let boil for 2 mns. Do not cut the pepper. Just let it boil. It will add a good aroma to the sauce.


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