Nuoc Cham Dipping Sauce in a bowl with a white spoon

Nuoc Cham Dipping Sauce

  • Author: Asian Caucasian
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Sauce, Dip
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Asian


Nuoc Cham dipping sauce is a staple at most Vietnamese tables. Easy to prepare, you can whip this up in about 10 minutes!



  • 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 (more salt). Store in the refrigerator for up to three weeks or freeze for up to six months. Makes a great dipping sauce for Asian dishes.

Keywords: Asian Dipping Sauce, Dipping Sauce