Nuoc Cham (Vietnamese Spicy Fish Sauce)

READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by PalatablePastime

A delicious sauce that goes well with Vietnamese soups and appetizers; if you find it too strong, try increasing the sugar in the recipe a little bit and adding a little water.

Top Review by Jeanette G

I was so surprised to find this recipe on here. I would always watch my mother make this and we put it on just about everything we ate. I always used to see her put a chili paste in it and add distilled white vinegar. Hope this adds some more flavor in your nuoc mam. Thanks for posting this recipe!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mash peppers, garlic and sugar into a paste, using mortar and pestle.
  2. Add the fish sauce, lime juice and water.
  3. Blend well.
  4. Seal and refrigerate.

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