Thai-style Chili, Lime, and Cilantro Dipping Sauce Recipe

A spoonful of chile-lime-cilantro sauce being drizzled over a piece of fried chicken on a plate.

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Recipe Details

Thai-style Chili, Lime, and Cilantro Dipping Sauce Recipe

Prep 5 mins
Total 5 mins
Serves 8 servings
Makes 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 chiles, finely minced (or 2 teaspoons Sambal Oelek crushed fresh chile sauce)

  • 1/4 cup finely minced cilantro

  • 1/4 cup finely sliced scallions


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

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
57 Calories
0g Fat
14g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 57
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1418mg 62%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 6mg 31%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 108mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)