Prik Nam Pla (Thai Fish Sauce with Chilies)

Prik nam pla, or fish sauce-soaked chilies, is an all-around Thai dipping sauce that works as sawsawan for Filipino food, too.
1 serving
Prep Time
05 Mins
Active Time
05 Mins

In Thailand, when a dish needs a little extra something, you reach for prik nam pla. This all-around sawsawan has chilies (prik) and fish sauce (nam pla) as its core ingredients—everything else is to taste. Take this recipe as a guideline for you to tweak and tinker with.

And of course, this funky, spicy condiment plays well with Filipino food!


  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp thinly sliced shallots
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1–2 tbsp chopped Thai or local chilies
  • 1 tbsp palm or brown sugar

Make prik nam pla: Add all ingredients in a small bowl. Stir to combine. Let sauce steep for at least 10 minutes, then serve.

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