100% Authentic Vietnamese Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Cham)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

I got this recipe from my mom (born and raised in Vietnam), who was passed this recipe from my grandmother. There are many different ways to make this dipping sauce (Nuoc Cham), and most recipes differ from family to family. I have yet to find one as good as my own family's. It has the sweet, the sour and the spicy. Please note that this recipe makes quite a lot, but it keeps very well in the fridge (a few months at least). My mother stores it in a clean 2 Liter pop bottle, but I usually use a large mason jar. This recipe is typically used to dip either spring rolls, or fresh salad rolls in Vietnam. It can also be used as a great salad dressing for rice noodle salads.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large bowl, combine lime juice, garlic and white vinegar. Allow the 3 ingredients to sit and marry for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Add in water, fish sauce, sugar and chili sauce.
  3. Mix well, adding either more sugar or water to adjust the taste.
  4. This can be used immediately, but is definitely more flavorful when refrigerated overnight, and much much tastier once it's been in the fridge for a week.


Most Helpful

Love this recipe! The first time I made it, I was out of garlic, so I had to substitute with a little garlic powder. It was absolutely delicious still. I just made another batch, but with fresh garlic this time. It's definitely the closest to the local restaurants that I've ever gotten! Thanks!

gennybeans August 09, 2015

Excellent Sauce. My guests had a fun time assembling the fresh spring rolls and this one was everybodys favorite sauce!

DanielaV April 17, 2009

I just made this today. It was great. The onLy adjustments I made were 3 cups of water (I tried it after 3 cups because my bowL was getting fuLL and it was fine to me) and instead of 6 Limes, I used 3 Lemons because that's aLL I had. UsuaLLy when I make this sauce it takes me 20 mins because I have to try and adjust it at Least 30 times. Now I can make it within minutes. Thanks for sharing!

kar3n109 April 15, 2009

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