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Asian Dipping Sauce

Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields about 2 cups.

Divide this sauce among several small bowls and have each diner dip thin slices of grilled beef, pork, chicken, shrimp, fish, or tofu into the sauce. Or brush it over grilled vegetables like onions or peppers to add an Asian twist.


  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar; more to-taste
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup Asian fish sauce
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 to 2 fresh serrano or jalapeño chiles, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 Tbs. chopped scallion greens
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped unsalted dry-roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup water; more to taste

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size per Tbs.
  • Calories (kcal) : 20
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 10
  • Fat (g): 1
  • Saturated Fat (g): 0
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0.5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 390
  • Carbohydrates (g): 3
  • Fiber (g): 0
  • Protein (g): 1


  • Finely chop the garlic on a cutting board. Sprinkle 1 Tbs. of the sugar over the garlic and repeatedly scrape the flat side of the knife over the garlic to mash it to a paste. Scrape the paste into a medium bowl. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, the soy sauce, fish sauce, and lime juice and whisk until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the chiles, scallions, cilantro, mint, and peanuts. Stir in enough water to obtain a mellow but zesty sauce.


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Reviews (2 reviews)

  • mikester | 01/27/2020

    Being honest-tasted it when I first made it; something wasn't right, then again a day later. I concluded the fish sauce was the culprit-I couldn't imagine 1:1 soy to fish sauce any more than I would use 1:1 soy to Worcestershire sauce; in that quantity, the fish sauce was a "bully." Is it just my palette, or did anybody else experience an imbalance?

  • happyvalley | 08/23/2010

    Excellent sauce. I am Asian but never think of fish sauce can mix with soya sauce could bring out such amazing good flavour. As recommended on the magazine it will fit for any food if you need a dipping. I am thinking to modify a bid with extra vinegar as a salad dressing

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