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Thai-Style Dipping Sauce

Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields about 1⁄2 cup.

Inspired by the Thai tradition of serving dipping sauces with meals, this salty, sweet, tart, and spicy sauce is utterly delicious. It’s also fantastic with grilled fish fillets or pork.


  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2-1/2 Tbs. sugar
  • 2 Tbs. fish sauce
  • 1-1/2 tsp. rice vinegar
  • 1-1/2 tsp. coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. minced fresh hot red or green chile, such as cayenne, Thai bird, or serrano

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size per 1 Tbs.
  • Calories (kcal) : 20
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 0
  • Fat (g): 0
  • Saturated Fat (g): 0
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 350
  • Carbohydrates (g): 5
  • Fiber (g): 0
  • Protein (g): 0


  • Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Let stand at least 30 minutes before serving to let the flavors develop and blend.


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Reviews (3 reviews)

  • m2violin | 06/19/2010

    Yum! Great combination of flavors!

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    mowgli | 04/02/2010

    This is very good but WAY TOO MUCH SUGAR! I used 1/2 the sugar and was happy with it.

  • gremolata | 11/30/2008

    anything by john ash gets my interest..will try this tonight

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