Nuoc Cham (Vietnamese Spicy Fish Sauce)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

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.

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.


Most Helpful

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!

Jeanette G November 06, 2002

Very yummy! My husband added a bit of vinegar and a bit more sugar and it was soooo good!

QueenCong April 01, 2008

Excellent -- quite similar to the fish sauce at our favorite vietnamese restaurant. I served it on the side in individual bowls and we poured it over our cooked rice noodles. Such a nice change from our usual fare. Thank you Sue L.

yodap December 07, 2006

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