The fabulous flavor of this classic sauce lights up simple poached and grilled foods, and is also terrific with a simple platter of grilled or oven-roasted vegetables.


  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili-garlic sauce, dried red chili flakes, or chopped fresh hot chilies


Combine all the ingredients in a blender or mini food processor, and blend until you have a fairly smooth sauce. Transfer to a small bowl, stir to be sure the sugar has dissolved, and set aside until serving time. Or combine the ginger, garlic, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a mortar and grind to a grainy paste. Transfer to a medium bowl and add the fish sauce, lime juice, water, and chili-garlic sauce, stirring until the sugar is dissolved and the sauce is fairly smooth. Pour the sauce into small serving bowls. Or transfer to a jar, cover tightly, and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Makes about 1/2 cup

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Submitted 4/28/06.
Submitted By: l mandrake

Ginger-Lime Dipping Sauce