Vietnamese Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Cham)

A Vietnamese fish sauce based dipping sauce.

Vietnamese Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Cham)

One important element of Vietnamese cuisine is nuoc cham or a Vietnamese dipping sauce. Nuoc cham is a fish sauce based dipping sauce that deftly balances sweet, salty and sour aspects and it is really easy to make at home. The basic recipe includes fish sauce, water, sugar and lime juice and chilies and garlic are often added as well. The few minutes that it take to make your own nuoc cham are definitely worth is and when you make your own, you can make it with your prefect balance of sweet, salty, sour and spicy. 


  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 birds eye chili, chopped
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 lime, juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar


  1. Mix everything.