How to prepare Nuoc Mam, Recipe with Cooking Video

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 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:

  • Nouc Mam (fish sauce) – ready-made product
  • brown sugar
  • water
  • salt
  • fresh garlic
  • fresh chillies
  • carrot
  • unsalted roasted peanuts – unroasted also works, then roast them yourself in the pan
  • white wine vinegar – rice vinegar is also fine
The fish sauce as a basic ingredient comes in different varieties. © Food Photographer Thomas Sixt
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:

  • spring rolls
  • summer rolls (cold rolls made of rice paper)
  • rice dishes with meat, poultry, eggs, seafood or vegetables
  • rice noodles with meat, poultry, eggs, seafood or vegetables

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

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

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5 from 25 votes
5 from 25 votes
Nuoc Mam
How to prepare Vietnamese cold fish sauce with confidence. A step-by-step guide, cooked, photographed and written by chef Thomas SIxt.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: cold sauce
Cuisine: Asian Recipes
Keyword: Gluten Free Recipes
Servings: 2 Portions
Calories: 559kcal
Author: Thomas Sixt
  • 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
  • The ingredients at a glance: Fish sauce, water, sugar, carrot, garlic, chilli, salt peanuts, vinegar.
  • 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.
  • Cut the chillies into fine rings.
    Add the garlic and chilli to the cooled sauce. Leave to stand for a good 1 hour.
  • Peel the carrot and pull out fine strips.
  • Coarsely crush unsalted and roasted peanuts in a mortar.
  • Add carrot strips and peanut crumbs to the sauce before serving.
    Add to the main dish for dipping and enjoy!
Coriander … goes … with it, 

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

Thai basil

Thai basil leaves ingredient

5. Calories and nutritional values

Nutrition Facts
Nuoc Mam
Amount Per Serving
Calories 559 Calories from Fat 414
% Daily Value*
Fat 46g71%
Saturated Fat 27g169%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 153mg51%
Sodium 1123mg49%
Potassium 2970mg85%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 13g54%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 18g36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Author: Thomas Sixt

Hi, I am a German Chef, Cookbook Author 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. Let yourself be inspired and enjoy good food. If you have any cooking questions, please use the comment function at the end of each article and recipe. I wish Thomas Sixt Good Luck!