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!

4 5

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

5 5

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.