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A lotus decorated bowl of prik nam pla beside lime wedges and sliced chilis.

Traditional Thai Sauce {Prik Nam Pla}

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  • Author: Asha
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1/2 cup 1x
  • Category: Sauces
  • Cuisine: Thai


A staple in Thai cuisine, this sauce is the perfect blend of spicy, sour, salty, and sweet. Use it to add bright and delicious flavour to your savoury dishes - anything from spring rolls to seafood.


  • 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1-4 Thai chilis, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons palm sugar *
  • fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)


  • In a bowl, mix together lime juice, fish sauce, and sugar.
  • Stir in garlic and chili(s). 
  • Optional: add some chopped cilantro immediately before serving.


* You can substitute the palm sugar in this recipe with brown or raw sugar.

Store covered in the fridge for up to three days.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 10
  • Sugar: 1.4 g
  • Sodium: 176.6 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2.5 g
  • Protein: 0.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
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