vietnamese nuoc mam sauce

Vietnamese Nuoc Mam Sauce

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Vietnamese Nuoc Mam Sauce

Makes 1 1/2 Cups (with carrot)

Nuoc mam sauce is sweet, tangy and quite spicy. It’s easy to make and a great accompaniment to all sorts of Vietnamese and Vietnamese-inspired dishes.

vietnamese nuoc mam sauce
  • 2 ½ tbsp Red Boat Fish Sauce
  • 4 tbsp Granulated Sugar
  • Juice of 4 Limes
  • Red & Green Fresh Thai Chilies to Taste (we used three. You could substitute Serranos, Red Fresnos or Red Jalapenos)
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • Optional Garnish:1 Tbsp Carrot, cut into thin strips (julienne)



Peel & finely mince the garlic clove, then scrape the garlic against your cutting board with your knife blade until it turns into a fine paste.


Vigorously stir the sugar into the lime juice to separate any clumps.


De-stem and thinly slice the Thai chilies into rounds. Do not de-seed them.


Add the Thai chilies, water, fish sauce, garlic paste and (if desired) the carrot to the sugar and lime juice mixture. Stir to combine and dissolve all the sugar.


Optional: For better flavor & more heat, refrigerate the sauce for an hour before use.

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