Nuoc Cham (spring roll sauce)

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

A delicious dipping sauce for spring rolls! I like to put it on pork chops or shrimp too, served over rice. Please Note: The sauce will be very thin. I recommend serving it in individual dishes for each person to dip their spring roll in.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Using a mortar and pestle, mash garlic and cayenne peppers together with the powdered sugar.
  2. Add fish sauce, water and lime (or lemon) and mix well.
  3. This recipe can easily be doubled.
  4. Add finely shredded carrot and thinly sliced cilantro and green onion for garnish.


Most Helpful

The taste of this was perfect. A little salty, a little spicy, a little garlicky and generally just plain good! It was a bit runny though so watch out if you pour it over your spring rolls, because the sauce quickly runs into everything else on the plate. I'd also suggest halving this recipe, unless you have A LOT of spring rolls. I still have most of mine left. Guess I'll just have to make more spring rolls :-)

Sackville September 16, 2002

Delicious! Made to go along with your Vietnamese Spring Rolls--a match made in heaven! Very, very easy to make, but packed with flavor!

ciao October 07, 2003

Another perfect recipe, cg! As you know I made this to go with your Vietnamese Spring Rolls and the taste could not have been better. I used 1 less pepper because I'm a sissy. I also very easily doubled the recipe, which was good because my family was practically drinking it! We're going to make the rolls and the sauce for my sister's Super Bowl party too. You've made me a better cook today. :-)

Kiss*My*Tiara October 05, 2003

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