How to prepare Nuoc Mam, Recipe with Cooking Video

Noc Mam recipe
Noc Mam recipe picture with summer rolls.

Hi, I am a German Chef and Food Photographer. The imparting of cooking knowledge is my great passion. Everyone can cook for himself and with this website I would like to contribute to its success. Cooking questions I answer you gladly at the end of the articles. Have fun and good luck!

Here I would like to introduce you to my Nuoc Mam recipe. An often-read spelling is also “Noc Mam” or “Nuc Mam”. In any case, it is a Vietnamese fish sauce that goes well with many dishes of Indochinese cuisine.

Asian cuisine inspires me. I love the fresh ingredients and especially the vegetable-based cuisine from Vietnam. Everything is light and digestible and the flavours are unbeatable.

The creations of the dishes are a feast and also a feast for the eyes. The fish sauce is indispensable in this cuisine and everyone prepares it in a slightly different refined way.

Let me surprise you with the sauce and dip I have put together for you here. My video shows you how it works. Have fun with your preparation and I wish you good luck!

summer rolls in 5 variations recipe
Summer-rolls in more than 5 variations, I will show you in another post! © Food Photographer Thomas Sixt

1. Nuoc Mam ingredients and shopping list

The ingredients for a successful Asian sauce are easily available in the supermarket. So you don’t need to go to a special Asian market.

My list of necessary ingredients for your ingenious refined fish sauce shows you the necessary ingredients:

fish sauce
The fish sauce as a basic ingredient comes in different varieties. © Food Photographer Thomas Sixt
rice vinegar
The rice vinegar fits the theme, but you can also use white wine vinegar.

Rice vinegar is a typical ingredient, but white wine vinegar is also delicious!

Tip from cook Thomas Sixt

2. Where does nước mắm cham fit in?

This sauce is classically used with:

Nuoc Mam sauce is our family’s favourite with homemade summer rolls. You can’t stop eating and dipping it 🙂

summer rolls with shrimps
Summer rolls are also a great surprise for guests. © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

Different kinds of summer rolls topped with a delicious Nuoc Mam sauce will make you and your guests happy!

Preparation tip from chef Thomas Sixt

3. Cooking video Nuoc Mam

4. Recipe Nuoc Mam

Nuoc Mam

How to prepare Vietnamese cold fish sauce with confidence. A step-by-step guide, cooked, photographed and written by chef Thomas SIxt.

Servings 2 Portions
Calories 559
Total Time 25 Min.

Cook Nuoc Mam quickly and easily yourself in this recipe with step-by-step photos, cooking video and cooking tips from chef Thomas Sixt.

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Noc Mam recipe
Noc Mam recipe picture with summer rolls.


Preparation Time

15 Min.

Cook Time

10 Min.


75 ml fish sauce (Nuoc Mam)
150 g brown sugar
200 ml Water
2 pinches Salt (I use primal salt or Himalayan salt)
2 pc Garlic cloves
2 pc chillies (red chili)
1 pc carrot
100 g peanuts, roasted and unsalted
110 ml white wine vinegar


Ingredients for Vietnamese fish sauce Nuoc Mam
I'll show you how to prepare Noc Mam elsewhere in the cooking blog © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

The ingredients at a glance: Fish sauce, water, sugar, carrot, garlic, chilli, salt peanuts, vinegar.

Fish sauce
Fish sauce bottle

Get the right fish sauce from a shop.

Boil the fish sauce with sugar and water in a pot. Add salt. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.

Add the white wine vinegar after it has cooled down.

Peel the fresh garlic and finely slice the cloves.

Chilli pods
Fresh bunch of chilli pods

Cut the chillies into fine rings.

Add the garlic and chilli to the cooled sauce. Leave to stand for a good 1 hour.

Carrot strips
Cut the carrots into strips

Peel the carrot and pull out fine strips.

Peanuts in a mortar
Peanuts in a mortar when crushed.

Coarsely crush unsalted and roasted peanuts in a mortar.

Noc Mam recipe
Noc Mam recipe picture with summer rolls.

Add carrot strips and peanut crumbs to the sauce before serving.

Add to the main dish for dipping and enjoy!


Coriander … goes … with it,

Koriander Frisch
Like ginger, coriander is an exotic ingredient. Not everyone likes the bug herb!

Thai basil also

Thai basil
Pluck the Thai basil and prepare the leaves.

5. Calories and nutritional values

6. Further, matching cooking ideas

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