Pickle Fish Dipping Sauce

November 7, 2022  Cambodian Chef Avatar
Pickle Fish Dipping Sauce

Pickle Fish Dipping Sauce, a spicy and flavorful delicacy from Khmer ethnic cuisine, serves as a versatile accompaniment for both raw and cooked vegetables, as well as various meats and fish. In Khmer culinary traditions, the sauce plays a pivotal role, making it essential to fine-tune and adjust its flavors to suit individual preferences.

To prepare this delectable Pickle Fish Dipping Sauce, gather the following ingredients: 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, minced garlic, frozen or fresh minced lemongrass, chopped fresh hot chili peppers (optional), water, creamy-style pickle fish paste (Pahok), sugar, fresh lime juice, Sambal Olekek chili paste, and crushed, roasted, unsalted peanuts (optional). The process starts by heating a small saucepan, adding oil and garlic, and then incorporating lemongrass and chili peppers, stirring well.

After adding water, pickle fish, and sugar, stir the mixture until it bubbles, then remove the sauce from heat. Introduce lime juice and chili paste, stirring well to achieve a harmonious blend of flavors. Before serving, top the sauce with crushed, roasted, unsalted peanuts if desired.

Pickle Fish Dipping Sauce is a delightful addition to any Khmer-inspired meal, offering a balance of spiciness, tanginess, and creaminess. Its adaptability allows it to complement a variety of dishes, making it a must-try for those seeking an authentic taste of Khmer cuisine. Whether enjoyed with vegetables or as a condiment for meats, this flavorful sauce adds a unique touch to the dining experience.


1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons of frozen or fresh minced lemon grass
3 chopped fresh hot chili pepper or to your taste(option)
1 cup of water
3 tablespoons of creamy style pickle fish paste*pahok*
1 tablespoon of sugar
2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon of Sambal Olekek chili paste
1/4 cup of crushed, roasted, unsalted peanut (option)

Directions to make Pickle Fish Dipping Sauce

  1. Heat up a small sauce pan.
  2. When sauce-pan is hot, add oil and garlic, stirs, add lemon grass and pepper, stirs well.
  3. Add water, pickle fish and sugar, stirs till sauce bubbling, removed sauce from heat, add lime juice and chili paste, stirs well.
  4. Top with peanut before serve.

Enjoy it

Related Recipe: Shrimp Paste Dipping Sauce

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2

Calories Per Serving: 382

% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate ‏26g 9%
Cholesterol ‏3mg 1%
Total Fat ‏29g 37%
Saturated Fat ‏5g 25%
Dietary Fiber ‏5g 18%
Protein ‏11g 22%
Sodium ‏1114mg 48%
Sugars ‏15g 30%


15 min


15 min




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