Sweet and Sour Fish Sauce

Vietnamese dipping sauce, close-up
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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
61 Calories
0g Fat
14g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 61
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1865mg 81%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 2g
Calcium 49mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Fish sauce is as ubiquitous to Vietnamese cuisine as salt is to western cuisine and soy sauce is to Chinese cooking. Here it is seasoned with other ingredients to give a sweet and sour flavor.


  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2/3 cup fish sauce
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon red chili paste (as desired)
  • Optional: thinly sliced carrot

Steps to Make It

  1. Finely mince the garlic.

  2. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients until the sugar dissolves.