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Nuoc Cham Dipping Sauce in a bowl with a white spoon

Nuoc Cham Dipping Sauce

  • Author: Asian Caucasian
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Yield: 1/3 cup 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese


Nuoc Cham Dipping Sauce is a staple at most Vietnamese tables. Easy to prepare, you can whip this up in about 10 minutes! It’s sweet, sour, salty, savory, and spicy!



  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest plus juice from 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek (red chili paste)
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • Pinch Kosher salt


  1. In a medium glass mixing bowl, whisk all ingredients together and taste for seasoning (ie. more salt).
  2. Serve with your favorite protein, salads, noodle dish, or spring rolls!
  3. Store in the refrigerator for up to three weeks, or freeze for up to six months.


  • Most major grocery stores carry sambal oelek in the Asian section. Or you can find it at most Asian markets. You can use Thai chili peppers as a substitute.
  • Store the sauce in the refrigerator for up to three weeks, or freeze it for up to six months.

Keywords: Vietnamese, sauce, spicy sauce, dips