Nam Prik Nam Pla (Traditional Thai Sauce)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 0 mins

This is the classic Thai condiment you always find on a Thai table, whether its a restaurant or home. It is spooned onto everything from fried rice to noodle soups. Tightly sealed, this will keep up to 2 weeks. There are many versions of this sauce, this is the one that my family likes. Feel free to adjust the sour (lime juice), salty (fish sauce), sweet (sugar) or spicy to your liking.


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until thoroughly blended.
  2. Store in airtight container up to two weeks.
  3. Serve with Thai Fried rice, grilled meats and satays, noodle soups or even with plain Jasmine rice.
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5 5

Tightly sealed in mason jar or tupperware & refrigerated this will keep waaaaay longer - we keep this in the back of the fridge, adding many more sliced peppers & refreshing as it gets low. We love the peppers once they are macerated. Thinking about it we have almost treated this like a starter, just adding lime juice & fish sauce & brown sugar or peppers to maintain ratio of liquid to peppers. That container has been in the fridge since...whoa, I'm embarassed to admit - suffice it to say, a long time & it is REALLY Good! Great source of B vitamins & vitamin C as well! Thank you for posting

delicious! nice balence of heat, sweet, sour, and salty. Thank you for sharing it!

5 5

Awesome concoction, I omitted the brown sugar though. This sauce is very delicious and addicting, I use it almost everyday.