Vietnamese-Style Dipping Sauce

Vietnamese-Style Dipping SauceI’m not sure what it is about fish sauce but it’s kind of like flavored crack to me. It’s salty and fermented and shouldn’t be addictive but I’d sneak this sauce into rehab and drink it in the bathroom if I had to. What? Stop looking at me like that.

[It’s worth pointing out that we like Squid Brand fish sauce – other sauces may be available, but we like to stand up for the cephalopods in this household. They can’t stand up for themselves, after all – Matt]

It works really well with Thai Shrimp Cakes or anything that needs a salty/sweet/sour kick. Ready in seconds.

Vietnamese dipping sauce with shrimp cakes

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup Asian fish sauce
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from 2 to 3 limes)
In a small bowl, whisk together fish sauce, lime zest, lime juice, and sugar.


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