thai dipping sauce

Fresh, sharp, and addictive, Thai dipping sauce, or nam jim, is quick, easy and will fast become your go-to, all-purpose summer flavour. This recipe isn’t an exacting science, more a loose template. Add more of the flavours of what you like and less (or none) of what you don’t all work here.

It’s important to let this sauce sit for an hour or so before serving it with grilled shrimp and pineapple skewers, chicken kebobs, or pretty much everything but ice cream. If you’re making this ahead of time, add the cilantro just before serving.

You’re going to love this sauce!

Thai Dipping Sauce


  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 cup shallots, minced
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp sambal oeleck
  • 2 Thai or serrano chilis, minced
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, chopped


  • Mix together all ingredients and let sit for an hour or so to mingle.
  • Store in refrigerator in a sealed container.