Vietnamese Dipping Sauce

Vietnamese Dipping Sauce

This tangy Vietnamese dipping sauce—perfect for spring rolls—is flavored with lime juice, fish sauce, garlic and serrano pepper.

From EatingWell: The Simple Art of EatingWell
Yield: 1/2 cup
Active Time: 5
Total Time: 5


  1. 3 tablespoons lime juice
  2. 3 tablespoons water
  3. 2 tablespoons fish sauce (see Tip)
  4. 1 tablespoon sugar
  5. 1 clove garlic, minced
  6. 1 serrano pepper, minced, or 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  7. 1 scallion, minced (optional)


Stir together lime juice, water, fish sauce, sugar, garlic, serrano (or crushed red pepper) and scallion (if using) in a small bowl until the sugar is dissolved.

Tips & Notes

  • Tip: Fish sauce is a pungent Southeast Asian condiment made from salted, fermented fish. Find it in the Asian-food section of well-stocked supermarkets and at Asian specialty markets. We use Thai Kitchen fish sauce, lower in sodium than other brands (1,190 mg per tablespoon), in our recipe testing and nutritional analyses.


Nutrition Per Serving: 13 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 3 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 0 g fiber; 298 mg sodium; 11 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus:

0 Carbohydrate Serving

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