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A lotus decorated bowl of traditional Thai sauce beside lime wedges and sliced chilis.

Traditional Thai Sauce {Prik Nam Pla}

  • 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 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice

2 tbsp fish sauce

14 Thai chilis, thinly sliced

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp 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.

Keywords: Thai sauce, prik nam pla