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Vietnamese Dipping Fish Sauce Recipe (Nước Chấm/Nước Mắm Chấm)

An simple yet delicious recipe for Vietnamese dipping sauce or nước chấm. Make sure to taste as you go and adapt to your own liking.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Dipping Sauces
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Servings: 3 /4 cup
Calories: 43kcal
Author: Hungry Huy


  • 6 tbsp. water
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1.5 to 2 tbsp. fresh lime or lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. fish sauce

Optional Ingredients

  • Finely chopped garlic or use a garlic press
  • Bird's eye / Thai chiles


  • Combine water and sugar in a bowl. Use warm water for easier dissolving.
  • Add lime or lemon juice in increments until you like how it tastes. A good guide is it should taste like lemonade/limeade.
  • Add fish sauce in small increments until you like how it tastes. It should be a little strong since it goes on unseasoned food.
  • Top with garlic and chilies and serve.


Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 775mg | Potassium: 28mg | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg