Thai-style Chili, Lime, and Cilantro Dipping Sauce

Thai-style Chili, Lime, and Cilantro Dipping Sauce

[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Update your fried chicken with these no-cook dipping sauces in under 7 minutes »

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  • Yield:makes about 1 cup


  • 2 cloves garlic, grated on a microplane grater
  • 1/2 cup fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 to 4 red Thai chilis, finely minced (or 2 teaspoons Sambal Oelek crushed fresh chili sauce)
  • 1/4 cup finely minced cilantro
  • 1/4 cup finely sliced scallions


  1. 1.

    Whisk all ingredients together in a medium bowl. Serve with fried chicken.