Spicy Thai Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Cham)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

This is really good with spring rolls or egg rolls. The proportions in this recipe are highly individual. When I make it, I often do not add two serranos, and I also usually end up adding more sugar. This may taste funny if you just sip it, but try dipping an egg roll in it....heaven!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl; let stand 10 minutes.
Most Helpful

There are many variants of this sauce but most of them require galangal, lemon grass, shallots, and most importantly, coriander. These ingredients are essential in Thai cuisine, these would have given the recipe a bit more authenticity.

charlie_curilan January 13, 2008

This sauce is also called Nuoc Cham and most variations call for lime juice (the Joy of Cooking allowed a mixture of lime juice and rice vinegar), so that's what I used. I used one serrano pepper and it had the right degree of spicyness. I used two garlic cloves (less was too mild). And I ended up adding a little more sugar. I think the proportions in this recipe vary according to individual taste. All in all, it turned out great, though a bit on the salty side, but that's the fish sauce (I might use less next time). Thanks for getting me to try making this at home!

Literary Mom August 24, 2003