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A bowl of seasoned fish sauce on a wooden board with limes, garlic cloves and Thai chiles

Vietnamese Fish Sauce Dipping Sauce (Nước Mắm Pha)

This versatile Vietnamese sauce tastes good on everything! Use it as a salad dressing, dip or marinade.
Course Sauce
Cuisine Asian, Vietnamese
Keyword fish sauce,
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 10 tablespoon
Calories 28kcal


  • 4 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 4 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 tablespoon water
  • the juice of 1 lime
  • 2 cloves garlic minced garlic
  • 1-3 thai chiles optional, minced


  • Mix the fish sauce, sugar, and water together.
  • Add the juice of 1 lime a little bit at a time, tasting as you go until you get a desired sourness. I usually use the whole lime for 4 tablespoon of fish sauce. Sometimes I will use more and sometimes I'll use less, depending on how sour the lime is.
  • Add the minced garlic and thai chiles and taste again. Add more lime if needed.


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 28kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.3g | Protein: 0.9g | Sodium: 727mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 5.44g | Vitamin A: -14IU