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Bowl of nuoc cham sauce

Authentic Nuoc Cham Sauce

Simple and delicious 5-minute recipe for authentic Vietnamese nuoc cham sauce. Made with fish sauce, lime juice, water, sugar and garlic. It's a great base that you can adjust to your taste. Pour it over your favorite Vietnamese dishes or use as a dipping sauce for spring rolls or egg rolls!
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course sauce
Cuisine Vietnamese
Servings 6 people
Calories 22 kcal


  • 4 tablespoons fish sauce I use s
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1 thai chili pepper, minced optional


  • Add sugar to a bowl.
  • Add water and stir with a spoon until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Add the fish sauce, lime and garlic, mix well.
  • Optional: add chili pepper a little bit at a time, taste for spice level preference.
  • Taste and adjust the sauce to your liking.


*Nutritional facts provided are only an estimate, accuracy is not guaranteed. 
  • The taste of Vietnamese dipping sauce should be a balance of sweet, sour, garlic and umami-ness.
  • This recipe is a great base and can be adjusted to your taste.
  • Make sure to add the chili in small increments, it gets spicy fast!  Thai chili is much spicier than jalapeno or serrano peppers.
  • Store in an airtight container, like a small mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Serving: 6peopleCalories: 22kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 943mgPotassium: 42mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 4IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 1mg
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