Nuoc Mam Recipe

Noc Mam recipe

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Here I would like to introduce you to my Nuoc Mam Sauce Recipe. An often-read spelling is also “Noc Mam” or “Nuc Mam”. In any case, it is a Vietnamese fish sauce that goes well with many dishes of Indochinese cuisine.

Asian cuisine inspires me. I love the fresh ingredients and especially the vegetable-based cuisine from Vietnam. Everything is light and digestible and the flavours are unbeatable.

The creations of the dishes are a feast and also a feast for the eyes. The fish sauce is indispensable in this cuisine and everyone prepares it in a slightly different refined way.

Let me surprise you with the sauce and dip I have put together for you here. My video shows you how it works. Have fun with your preparation and I wish you good luck!

1. Ingredients and Shopping List for Nuoc Mam Sauce

The ingredients for a successful Asian sauce are easily available in the supermarket. So you don’t need to go to a special Asian market.

My list of necessary ingredients for your ingenious refined fish sauce shows you the necessary ingredients:

Fish sauce
Fish sauce bottle
Rice vinegar
The rice vinegar fits thematically, but you can also use white wine vinegar.

Rice vinegar is a typical ingredient, but white wine vinegar is also delicious!

Tip from cook Thomas Sixt
Fresh coriander
Thai basil
Fresh Thai basil leaves.

2. Recipe Nuoc Mam Sauce

Nuoc Mam

Cooked, photographed and written down by chef Thomas Sixt.

Servings 2
Calories 559
Total Time 25 Min.
Preparation Time 15 Min.
Cook Time 10 Min.

Simple guide to prepare Vietnamese Nuoc Mam Sauce.

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Noc Mam recipe
Noc Mam Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt


75 ml fish sauce (Nuoc Mam)
150 g brown sugar
200 ml Water
2 pinches Salt (I use primal salt or Himalayan salt)
2 pc Garlic cloves
2 pc chillies (red chili)
1 pc carrot
100 g peanuts, roasted and unsalted
110 ml white wine vinegar


Ingredients for Vietnamese fish sauce Nuoc Mam
I'll show you how to prepare Noc Mam elsewhere in the cooking blog © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

Prepare ingredients

The ingredients at a glance:

–> Fish sauce,

–> water,

–> sugar,

–> carrot,

–> garlic,

–> chilli,

–> salt peanuts,

–> vinegar.

Fish sauce
Fish sauce bottle

Cook sauce

Get the right fish sauce from a shop.

Boil the fish sauce with sugar and water in a pot.

Add salt. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.

Add the white wine vinegar after it has cooled down.

Prepare Garlic

Peel the fresh garlic and finely slice the cloves.

Chilli pods
Fresh bunch of chilli pods

Cut chillies

Cut the chillies into fine rings.

Add the garlic and chilli to the cooled sauce.

Leave to stand for a good 1 hour.

Carrot strips
Cut the carrots into strips

Cut carrot

Peel the carrot and pull out fine strips.

Peanuts in a mortar
Peanuts in a mortar when crushed.

Prepare peanuts

Coarsely crush unsalted and roasted peanuts in a mortar.

Noc Mam recipe
Noc Mam Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt


Add carrot strips and peanut crumbs to the sauce before serving.

Add to the main dish for dipping and enjoy!



3. Calories and Nutritional Values

4. Which Dish goes well with Nuoc Mam Sauce

This sauce is classically used with:

Nuoc Mam sauce is our family’s favourite with homemade summer rolls. You can’t stop eating and dipping it 🙂

Different kinds of summer rolls topped with a delicious Nuoc Mam sauce will make you and your guests happy!

Preparation tip from chef Thomas Sixt
summer rolls in 5 variations recipe
Summer rolls in 5 variations ingeniously easy to prepare recipe picture
Summer Rolls
Summer Rolls with Prawn

5. Further, Matching Cooking Ideas

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