Thai-Style Chili, Lime, Garlic and Cilantro Dipping Sauce for Seafood (Nuoc Cham Hai San Kieu Thai)

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This Thai-style dipping sauce is very similar to the Vietnamese dipping sauce (nuoc mam cham). It’s sweet, spicy, sour and savory. The main difference is the use of cilantro in the Thai version. I love this dipping sauce with seafood, but like the Vietnamese dipping sauce, you can eat this with just about anything that needs a Southeast Asian flair.

Here are some tips in prepping seafood to eliminate any fishy smell:

  1. Give the seafood a rub down with salt then rinse thoroughly with cold running water. This should get rid most of the foul smell.

  2. Blanch or cook the seafood in water with smashed ginger and sliced shallots. This will definitely get rid of any trace of fishy smell, as well as provide an amazing aroma.

Thai-Style Chili, Lime, Garlic and Cilantro Dipping Sauce for Seafood (Nuoc Cham Hai San Kieu Thai)

Makes 1-1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (1 whole lime)
  • 4 garlic cloves (chop finely or use a garlic press)
  • 1/4 cup finely minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 Thai chili peppers (optional; finely mince)

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together hot water and sugar unti dissolved.
  2. Add fish sauce, lime juice, garlic, cilantro and chili peppers. Mix well and serve immediately. If prepping in advance, do not add garlic, cilantro and chili peppers until you are ready to serve.