Sweet Nam Pla Dipping Sauce

This barely counts as a recipe: fish sauce, lime, and sugar mixed together into a concoction that you could serve with almost anything (as a sauce for cooked meats, poultry and fish, tossed with roasted vegetables, as a salad dressing, the list is basically endless). Add some grated garlic and minced chile if you want to ratchet up the flavor a bit.

Makes: 1/2 cup
Time: 5 minutes


  • 4 limes

  • 2 tablespoons nam pla (fish sauce)

  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar or brown sugar


1. Grate the zest of 2 of the limes into a small bowl, then juice all 4 limes into the same bowl.

2. Whisk in the nam pla and palm sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes for the flavors to meld.

Recipe from The Best Recipes in the World