Spicy Thai Dipping Sauce

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

We try to keep a little of this dipping sauce in our refrigerators at all times. Not only is it great as an accompaniment to most Asian appetizers, it’s also wonderful the day after the party, dabbed on a simple meal of poached chicken, rice, and veggies.

NotesMake-ahead: This sauce can be made up to a week ahead and kept, covered and refrigerated.



Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Taste and Texturegarlicky, hot & spicy, salty, tangy

Type of Dishdipping sauce, sauces


  • 4 hot red chiles (about 2 inches long), finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients until the sugar has dissolved. Let the dipping sauce sit for 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to blend.


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