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Vietnamese Salad Dressing Or Nuoc Cham

Nước chấm is a classic Vietnamese dipping sauce that is sweet, salty, sour and spicy it usually consists of with fish sauce, sugar, chilli and garlic and some sort of acid such as rice vinegar or lime juice. 

What is fish sauce?

Fish sauce is a Vietnamese staple and is made with anchovies, mackerel, scabbard fish and salt. There are no preservatives or additives such as sugar or hydrolysed protein. Vietnamese fish sauces are clear with a deep golden colour and do not have  a very strong fishy smell.    

What Can I Use It On?

Our Vietnamese salad dressing can be used in any salad that you would like to impart some Vietnamese flavour to, try it on… 

This recipe makes just under half a cup which is enough dressing for one salad that serves four people, and the nutritional information has been calculated this way as well. 

How Long Can I Store It For?

Your Vietnamese Salad Dressing should keep up to a week in the fridge if you store it in a sealed glass container but do not keep in the door.

We Have Used Our Vietnamese Salad Dressing in…

Vietnamese Beef Salad – recipe on Thursday ?

*In the Tomato Herb Salad use fresh coriander/cilantro as the herb

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Nuoc Cham (Vietnamese Dipping Sauce/Dressing)

Nuoc Cham is a tasty and versatile Vietnamese dipping sauce and dressing. When you think of many Vietnamese dishes, it’s hard to imagine having them without it!

What is Nuoc Cham?

Nuoc cham is salty, sweet, and tangy sauce made from fish sauce, garlic, lime juice, sugar, chilies, and vinegar. It has a signature fish sauce funk/umami and a subtle heat. 

Unlike common American-style dipping sauces, it has an almost watery consistency. It is indeed thinned out with water to mellow and meld all the elements together, but don’t let that make you think it’s not flavorful!

An All Purpose Dipping Sauce, Dressing & Condiment

This nuoc cham can play many roles at the dinner table. 

It’s also delicious with any grilled meat in general. Dip your meat in it or pour the nuoc cham over a side of rice. Trust me, you’ll be reaching for it mid-meal. 

Whether you’re using nuoc cham as a dressing, dipping sauce or even a marinade for meats, it’s so versatile and tasty. 

Serving Suggestions!

Here are some dishes that would go great with some nuoc cham on the side!  

Or, if you want something even simpler, I really like to make an informal summer salad using one or more of the suggested of the items below:

Salad items:

Any green or red leaf lettuce

Shredded carrot 

Shredded daikon radish

Sliced cucumber

Shredded cabbage

Chopped or sliced tomatoes

Sweet green, yellow or red peppers

Additions to make it a meal:

Grilled meat like chicken, pork, or beef

Grilled or poached shrimp

Cold mung bean noodles

Cha gio (fried spring rolls), cut into bite sized pieces

Cold or pan-seared tofu

Aromatics and herbs:

Sliced red onion or shallots



Thai basil (or regular basil in a pinch)


Add just about anything you like to make a tasty salad with this dressing! 

One Final Note

If you’d like to make a larger batch of nuoc cham, you can store it in a clean jar (just like regular salad dressing) to have it handy. You can keep it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, but make sure you always use clean utensils when handling it. 

Our recipe makes a small portion, but it’s easy to multiply the quantities and make a larger batch. Since it’s so easy to make, though, I generally prefer to make it fresh or the night before. 

Nuoc Cham Recipe Instructions 

In a small bowl, dissolve the sugar into the hot water. Once dissolved, stir in the fish sauce…

And the rice vinegar.

When you are ready to serve the nuoc cham, add the freshly squeezed lime juice…

Minced garlic…

And chopped chilies. These items are best added fresh. 

If you like more heat, use fresh chopped Thai chili peppers instead of Holland chilies. They’ll give the sauce a spicier kick!

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Nuoc Cham

Nuoc Cham is a tasty and versatile Vietnamese dipping sauce and dressing that pairs with many classic Vietnamese dishes!









1 1/2


palm sugar

(or granulated sugar)



hot water



fish sauce



rice vinegar



lime juice

(freshly squeezed)







red holland chili pepper

(or Thai chili for more heat; sliced/chopped)


In a small bowl, dissolve the sugar into the hot water. Once dissolved, stir in the fish sauce and rice vinegar.

When you are ready to serve the nuoc cham, add the freshly squeezed lime juice, minced garlic, and chopped chilies. These items are best added fresh.

If you like more heat, use fresh chopped Thai chili peppers instead of Holland chilies. They’ll give the sauce a spicier kick!

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Nuoc Cham Vs. Nuoc Mam

If you enjoy eating at Vietnamese restaurants you may have noticed their love of dipping sauces. Dishes like spring rolls are always served with small bowls of spicy sauce. A common question asked by people outside of Vietnam is what’s the difference between nuoc cham and nuoc mam? Keep reading to get the complete answer.

How do nuoc cham and nuoc mam differ?

Nuoc cham is the generic term for sauce and could range from soy sauce to fish sauce, chili sauce, or anything in between. Nuoc mam is a popular type of fish sauce served in Vietnamese cuisine that can be pungent, sweet, sour, and spicy in flavor. It is often made by combining fish sauce with water, lime juice, minced garlic, and chili.

How to make nuoc mam

This is a recipe to make a flavorful Southeast Asian dipping sauce that takes minutes to prepare with no cooking required.

Preparation time: 5 minsCook time: 0 mins


¾ cup water

4 Tbsp sugar

4 Tbsp fish sauce

3 Tbsp fresh lime or lemon juice

1 Thai chili, finely sliced

1 clove garlic minced


Mix water and sugar in a small bowl until the sugar is dissolved.

Add fish sauce and lime juice and stir until combined.

Sprinkle the sauce with chili and garlic before serving.


To help dissolve the sugar, you can heat the water in a microwave for 30 seconds before mixing.

Slowly add the citrus juice and fish sauce and taste test as you go to ensure it doesn’t have overwhelming flavor.

When serving this sauce with seafood like eel, include lemongrass to brighten the dish.

Other ingredients like white radish, green papaya, or shredded pickled carrot can also be served with nuoc mam.

Did you know? Nước mắm pha means mixed fish sauce. It is the commonest type of dipping sauce that uses fish sauce as its base and includes lime juice or vinegar, water, and sugar. A vegetarian version of this sauce can be made by replacing fish sauce with Maggi seasoning sauce.

What to serve with nuoc mam pha

Rice paper rolls (Bánh cuốn): ingredients like pork, prawn, carrot, cucumber, and lettuce are wrapped in sheets of rice noodles.Spring rolls (Chả giò): spring roll pastry is filled with ingredients like ground pork shoulder and then deep-fried until crispy.Noodles (Bún): cold rice vermicelli noodles topped with grilled pork.Rice pancakes (Bánh xèo): pan-fried savory crepes made from water, rice flour, and turmeric, then filled with ingredients like shrimp, bean sprouts, or pork.

What is in Vietnamese fish sauce?

Supermarket sold fish sauce generally contains water, anchovies, and sea salt. The version sold in restaurants is more elaborate and often includes water, lime juice, sugar, chili, and garlic.

How does hoisin sauce and fish sauce differ?

Fish sauce is a salty sauce made from sea salt, anchovies, and water which has a watery texture. Hoisin sauce is a thick consistency and is made from soybean paste, garlic, sugar, and many other ingredients. While both sauces are salty, hoisin has an additional sweet undertone to it.

How do I store nuoc mam?

Nuoc mam is best enjoyed fresh but if you have leftovers then it should last one to two weeks in the refrigerator. Store the sauce in an airtight jar or container at the back of the fridge. Nuoc mam that is made with vinegar rather than lime juice will last longer than. You can expect it to last one to two months before it losing quality.

Summing up

Although it may seem that nuoc cham and nuoc mam are the same thing, each has a different meaning and should not be used interchangeably. Nuoc cham is a broader term referring to all types of sauces while nuoc mam is a specific type of dipping sauce that incorporates fish sauce with a range of other ingredients.

Nate Teague is a food writer who has been working in the food industry for the past decade. He writes for various cooking blogs and has a passion for making fine dining recipes accessible to the at-home cook.

Nuoc Cham Sauce Recipe

Amount Per 1 Serving Calories


Kcal (95 kJ)

Calories from fat 0.09 Kcal % Daily Value* Total Fat 0.01g 0%

Sodium 943.28mg 39%

Potassium 45.75mg 1%

Total Carbs 5.25g 2% Sugars 4.53g 18%

Dietary Fiber 0.03g 0% Protein 0.67g 1% Vitamin C 2.6mg 4% Iron 0.1mg 1% Calcium 11.7mg 1% Amount Per 100 g Calories


Kcal (153 kJ)

Calories from fat 0.14 Kcal % Daily Value* Total Fat 0.02g 0%

Sodium 1517.76mg 39%

Potassium 73.61mg 1%

Total Carbs 8.45g 2% Sugars 7.29g 18%

Dietary Fiber 0.05g 0% Protein 1.07g 1% Vitamin C 4.2mg 4% Iron 0.2mg 1% Calcium 18.8mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Find out how many calories should you eat.