Thai-Style Dipping Sauce Recipe

Photograph: Vicky Wasik

To make this amazing dipping sauce for dumplings, we start with the classic combination of Asian fish sauce, lime juice, and sugar, then punch it up with raw garlic, fresh cilantro, and hot chile flakes. The flavors blend seamlessly into a sauce that's versatile enough to dress a salad, marinate a steak, and, yes, coat your dumplings.

Recipe Details

Thai-Style Dipping Sauce Recipe

Active 5 mins
Total 5 mins
Serves 6 servings
Makes 3/4 cup sauce


  • 8 teaspoons finely minced garlic (about 8 medium cloves)

  • 4 tablespoons Asian fish sauce

  • 4 tablespoons fresh juice from about 4 limes

  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves and fine stems

  • 1 teaspoon chile flakes


  1. Combine garlic, fish sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, cilanto, and chile flakes in a small bowl and stir until sugar is dissolved. Serve.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
31 Calories
0g Fat
8g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 31
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 945mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 9mg 45%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 93mg 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.)