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This Thai dipping sauce adds explosive flavour to anything it's paired with.
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4.75 from 12 votes

thai dipping sauce

This Thai dipping sauce has all the core South Asian flavours rolled into one. It works as a salad dressing or accompaniment to grilled meat and poultry.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: side
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: nam jim, thai dipping sauce
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 146kcal
Author: romain | glebekitchen


  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup lime juice - fresh squeezed
  • 2 green chilies seeded and minced
  • 1 red chili seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup shallots minced
  • 1 large clove garlic - as finely chopped as you can
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water


  • Combine ingredients. Stir.
  • Let sit for an hour or more to let the flavours combine.


I like finger hot chilies for this recipe. Not crazy spicy but lots of flavour. If you can't get them then you could substitute a jalapeño.


Serving: 2cups | Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 2439mg | Potassium: 227mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 47.9mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 0.6mg