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Fish Sauce Recipe

A secret family recipe
Prep Time5 minutes
Mellowing time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: sauce
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: fish sauce
Servings: 4
Calories: 33kcal


  • mortar and pestle


  • 2 tbsp sugar or less if you prefer it less sweet
  • 2-4 Thai bird’s eye chili sliced, more or less depending on your spice tolerance
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce mam nhi preferred, such as red boat
  • 1.5-2 tbsp lime juice depending on taste
  • 2/3 cup water see notes


  • In a mortar in pestle, crush sugar, garlic, and half the Thai chilies.
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  • Transfer to a jar, then add fish sauce. Add 1/2 lime and water. Taste and add lime as needed. Finish with remaining Thai chilies.
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  • Let mellow in the fridge for about 30 minutes before enjoying. Keeps in the fridge for up to a month.
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The amount of water depends on your intended use. For dipping salad rolls, go with 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup water. For vermicelli bowls, go with 2-3 cup to 1 cup water.


Calories: 33kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.7g | Protein: 0.7g | Fat: 0.01g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 0.01mg | Sodium: 696mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 6.7g