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Vietnamese Dipping Fish Sauce Recipe (Nước Chấm)

This delicious Vietnamese dipping sauce goes with everything, from sautéed vegetables to serving over fried fish. Made with fish sauce, lime juice, warm water, and sugar.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Asian, Vietnamese
Keyword Fish Recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup


  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1-2 fresh fresh Thai chili, sliced
  • 4 tbsp fish sauce
  • 4 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 4 tbsp white sugar


  • In a mortar and pestle, crush the garlic cloves and fresh Thai chilis together.
  • Add the fish sauce, fresh squeezed lime juice, warm water, and sugar. Stir together until the sugar dissolves.
  • Taste and adjust, if desired.


If you don't have fresh Thai chilis, you can substitute with chili garlic sauce (or Sriracha) and adjust to your heat tolerance.