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Seafood dipping sauce

Serves: 2-4

Cook time: 5 minutes

Authentic Thai cuisine

sauces, seafood, barbecue

Difficulty: Super Easy

This is a sauce that you can find at most restaurants in Thailand. It’s also a staple in my kitchen. A good seafood sauce needs lots of fresh chillies and garlic. It’s also a great recipe for anyone who wants to practice balancing the four main flavours of Thai food: salty, sweet, sour, and spicy. In my recipe, the predominant flavours are spicy and sour, followed by salty and sweet. This also makes a great dressing for spicy salads.


3 tablespoons fish sauce
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar (or 1 tablespoon palm sugar)
2-3 bird’s eye chillies
2-3 tablespoons fresh garlic
2 milder chillies (like the red, green or ‘mixed’ ones you get in the supermarket)
3 sprigs of coriander


  1. Combine fish sauce, lime juice and sugar in a small bowl. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Add the garlic, chillies and coriander to a food processor. Add the liquid to the mix and blend everything together.
  3. Add water to the sauce to your liking if it is too thick or too spicy.
  4. The dressing will keep in the fridge for up to a week in an airtight jar, but I prefer to make it fresh as I need it.

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