Nuoc Cham (Vietnamese Hot Sauce)

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Servings: 12
  • About This Recipe

    “This is one of my adopted recipes. Try it, it’s fab!”


  • 1garlic clove, minced
  • 1teaspoonlime peel, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoonred pepper flakes, crushed
  • 2teaspoonslime juice
  • 2tablespoonsfish sauce
  • 3tablespoonswater
  • 2teaspoonssugar
  • Directions

  • Increase the amount of red pepper flakes to suit taste.
  • Combine garlic, lime peel, and red pepper flakes then add lime juice, fish sauce, water, and sugar.
  • Whisk until all ingredients are blended and sugar is dissolved.
  • Will keep short periods if refrigerated.
  • Serve: Used on vegetables, meats and fish by the Vietnamese.
  • Reviews

  • “The proportions are a little different to my usual Vietnamese sauce, this is more lemony, and I like it. A little more subtle.”

  • “This is a very good recipe. I replace the sugar with a 1/2 teaspoon (give or take) of stevia. I add more red pepper flakes and a serrano to it for heat. It’s very good. This is an excellent recipe.”

  • “Great recipe for Nuoc mam. Only change I made was to adjust heat level to taste (we like it hot) Served as a dip with spring rolls and was also great over steamed rice. Many uses for this!!”