Sweet Fish Sauce

November 9, 2022  Cambodian Chef Avatar
Sweet Fish Sauce

Sweet Fish Sauce, a beloved Khmer dipping sauce, holds its popularity thanks to the harmonious combination of fresh lime/lemon juice and high-quality fish sauce. The essence of this recipe lies in using only the freshest lime or lemon and the finest fish sauce, allowing for a perfect balance of sweetness, saltiness, and spiciness, tailored to individual tastes. While the recipe omits garlic, those who enjoy a garlic kick can add 2 minced cloves for an extra layer of flavor.

To prepare this iconic sauce, start by dissolving sugar in hot water, creating a sweet base. Incorporate fresh lime juice, fish sauce, and optional hot chili peppers, ensuring a thorough mix. Set the mixture aside to cool, allowing the flavors to meld. This dipping sauce epitomizes the quintessential Khmer flavor profile, showcasing a perfect synergy between citrusy brightness and the savory umami of fish sauce.

Before serving, an optional addition of crushed roasted peanuts elevates the texture and adds a nutty undertone to the sauce. Whether accompanying spring rolls, grilled meats, or other Khmer dishes, Sweet Fish Sauce enhances the overall dining experience with its versatile and well-balanced flavors. This straightforward yet flavorful recipe captures the essence of Khmer cuisine, where simple ingredients combine to create complex and delightful tastes.



1/4 cup of hot water
1/4 cup of sugar
1/3 cup of fresh lime juice, approx 2 lime
1/3 cup of fish sauce
3 chopped hot chili pepper or to your taste (option)
1/3 cup of roasted peanut, crushed (option)

Directions  to make Sweet Fish Sauce

  1. In a small bowl, mix hot water with sugar till sugar dissolved.
  2. Add lime juice, fish sauce and hot chili pepper together, mix well and set a side to cool.
  3. Top with crushed roasted peanut before serve.

Related Recipe: Ginger Fish Sauce

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 3

Calories Per Serving: 169

% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate ‏21g 8%
Total Fat ‏8g 10%
Saturated Fat ‏1g 5%
Dietary Fiber ‏2g 7%
Protein ‏6g 12%
Sodium ‏2474mg 108%
Sugars ‏19g 38%


15 min


10 min




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