Thai Dipping Sauce

We are addicted to this Thai chilli dipping sauce known as nam jim jaew. It is sweet, sour sauce with a little spice. It’s very quick and easy to make and is superb with grilled meat and vegetables.

The photo below shows the sauce blended using a Cuisinart Spice and Nut Grinder. You can mix together with just a spoon for a more rustic sauce.

This sauce was made using the Cuisinart for a smoother sauce.

This Thai dipping sauce goes really well with Thai Roast Chicken recipe. Tear off pieces of chicken and dip into the sauce.


Use a clear shot of the ingredients for this recipe, prepped, and labeled if necessary. Insert the ingredients into the list below, omitting quantities.

  • Brown sugar
  • Fish sauce
  • Tamarind Paste
  • Lime juice
  • Chilli flakes
  • Coriander
  • water

See recipe card for quantities.


Get a small bowl, or the Cuisinart Spice and Nut Grinder, and add all of the ingredients.

Mix the ingredients together until they are blended. Serve in a suitably sized bowl for dipping.

The sauce above was mixed using a spoon

Thai Dipping Sauce

Sweet and Sour Thai Dipping Sauce for grilled meats and vegetables
Course Side Dish
Cuisine thai


  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon of chopped coriander
  • 4 tablespoons of water or as much as you want to dilute the sauce


  • In a bowl, or Cuisinart Nut and Spice Grinder, add the ingredients and mix.
  • Serve alongside grilled meats or vegetables.
Keyword dipping sauce, side dish, thai



I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

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