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Vietnamese Dressing (Nuoc Cham)

Makes 1 cup. Use as a dipping sauce or grilled meats and raw vegetables or as a dressing for salads/Buddha Bowls.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Course dressing
Cuisine Vietnamese
Servings 8
Calories 18 kcal


  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice about 3 limes
  • 3 ½ tablespoons Vietnamese fish sauce, or more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, brown or white
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Thai chile, minced (optional)
  • ½ cup warm water


  • Mix lime juice, sugar, garlic, chile, and water until sugar is dissolved. Taste and add more fish sauce as desired.


Substitute most of the lime juice with unseasoned rice vinegar, if desired.
Use within 2-4 days.


Sodium: 619mgCalcium: 5mgVitamin C: 3mgSugar: 3gPotassium: 32mgCalories: 18kcalSaturated Fat: 1gFat: 1gProtein: 1gCarbohydrates: 4gIron: 1mg
Keyword buddha bowl
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