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Thai Dipping Sauce

Yield: Yields a scant 1/2 cup.

This sweet-sour-salty dipping sauce is a pungent counterpart to the cool Fresh Shrimp Spring Rolls. Tamarind concentrate is available in jars at Asian groceries. As a substitute, use cherry juice concentrate, available in health food stores, or a bit of orange marmalade and fresh lemon juice.


  • 2 Tbs. sugar
  • 2 Tbs. water
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbs. tamarind concentrate or cherry juice concentrate
  • 2 tsp. fish sauce (nam pla)
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp. chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp. small slivers of seeded red serrano chile


  • In a small saucepan or the microwave, heat the sugar and water so the sugar dissolves. Mix in the lime juice, tamarind concentrate, and fish sauce, stirring until smooth. Let cool slightly and stir in the cilantro, garlic, and chile. The sauce should be tangy and slightly sour.


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  • Sweetsunshine | 01/18/2013

    This dipping sauce is sooo good! It tasted authentic! I highly recommend this for the FRESH SHRIMP ROLLS 'coz they totally go together. Yummmmm... :-)

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    thebusychef | 08/30/2009

    Very good with the spring rolls. I have also use the recipe on Butter lettuce with Strawberries and almond for a fat free salad. It is delicious and I use it a lot.

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