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Nuoc Cham (Vietnamese Dipping Sauce)
1 1/3 cups Easy
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Ingredients (6)

  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce (nuoc mam)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced
  • 2 small Thai chiles, stemmed and minced
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Nutritional Information
  • Calories42
  • Fat0.11g
  • Saturated fat0.01g
  • Trans fat
  • Carbs8.7g
  • Fiber0.5g
  • Sugar6.93g
  • Protein2.31g
  • Cholesterol
  • Sodium2790.83mg
  • Nutritional Analysis per serving (2 servings) Powered by

This handy Vietnamese sauce does double duty as a dip for fried foods and a dressing for cold salads, such as this one with grilled shrimp. The sauce is a perfect balance of tangy and sweet, with fish-sauce umami and a little spike of heat. To tone down the fire, seed the chiles before mincing. For more intensity, double the amount of fish sauce and omit the water.


  1. 1In a small bowl, mix the lime juice, brown sugar, fish sauce, and water. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the garlic and chiles and serve.
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