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A simple authentic recipe for Nouc Cham, the Vietnamese dressing and dipping sauce for salads, spring rolls and noodle bowls. #nouccham #dressing #sauce #vietnamesesauce #dippingsauce

Nuoc Cham Recipe (Vietnamese Dipping Sauce)

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This is a simple, authentic Nuoc Cham Recipe—the flavorful Vietnamese dipping sauce and dressing for salads, spring rolls, and noodle bowls. It’s also vegan-adaptable!


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  1. 1/4 cup sugar (or honey, agave or other sugar substitute)
  2. 1/4 cup warm water
  3. 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  4. 1/4 cup fish sauce (or vegan fish sauce)
  5. sliced chilies to taste


  • In a small bowl or jar, stir sugar and warm water until sugar dissolves. Add lime juice and fish sauce and few sliced fresh chilies. The chilies will infuse the dressing with heat.
  • For a vegan version sub 3 tablespoons soy sauce for the fish sauce or try making the vegan fish sauce.


Feel free to halve the Nuoc Cham recipe. This will keep 1 week in the fridge.

If the dressing seems too strong for your taste, dilute with a couple of tablespoons of water. It is usually served on unseasoned veggies so intentionally packs a punch.

I understand that for some, this may seem like a lot of fish sauce. Keep in mind, when the fish sauce is balanced with the lime and sugar, you will hardly taste it when spooned on something fresh and crunchy.


  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 29
  • Sugar: 6.7 g
  • Sodium: 706.8 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.2 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg