Thai Shallot Sauce

Many of us never think to serve grilled items with a dipping sauce. I know I never did until I experienced Thai food. It was then, and only then that I fell in love with how complex, yet so simple, the flavors became when dipping a bit of grilled beef into this Thai dipping sauce. It was also probably the first time I experienced fish sauce, otherwise known as nước mắm, nam pla, nam pa, or patis. I know at first thought you might be thinking, ‘gross, fish sauce?’. When introduced to the smell, you might back away, after all it is fermented fish, extracted to make what I think is such a great sauce. Any time I make sticky rice, or grilled beef focused around Thai flavors, I always make a sauce, either to be dipped into with the ball of great sticky rice, or a quick dip with a slice of beef. With that said, I wanted to steer a bit into a slightly different direction and make a slightly sweeter sauce, hence this Thai shallot sauce utilizing a bit of the toasted rice I recently made as well.

Thai Shallot Sauce Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp good quality fish sauce (I use Red Boat, or Three Crabs brand)
  • 1 tsp ground dried chili pepper
  • 1 tsp toasted rice
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 whole lime, juiced
  • 1/2 cup of shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed toasted rice

Combine all of the ingredients into a small mixing bowl and stir to combine. Taste and adjust any more ingredients for flavor, more pepper if you want it spicier, or a bit more sugar if you want it a bit sweeter.

Serve this sauce as a side to any grilled beef, chicken, pork, or sticky rice.  The flavors of this is awesome. You get this sweet, tart, spicy note in every bite and it just has you coming back for more. If you are looking for a great dipping sauce, full of flavor, and one that will get you to experience fish sauce, this is the one. I hope you enjoy.

Thai Shallot Sauce
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Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: Thai
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 4 tbsp good quality fish sauce (I use Red Boat, or Three Crabs brand)
  • 1 tsp ground dried chili pepper
  • 1 tsp toasted rice
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 whole lime, juiced
  • ½ cup of shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed toasted rice
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients into a small mixing bowl and stir to combine. Taste and adjust any more ingredients for flavor, more pepper if you want it spicier, or a bit more sugar if you want it a bit sweeter.
  2. Serve this sauce as a side to any grilled beef, chicken, pork, or sticky rice. The flavors of this is awesome. You get this sweet, tart, spicy note in every bite and it just has you coming back for more. If you are looking for a great dipping sauce, full of flavor, and one that will get you to experience fish sauce, this is the one. I hope you enjoy.

 

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4 thoughts on “Thai Shallot Sauce

  1. Just home from 2 weeks in Bangkok! Went to a half day cooking class at the Blye Elephant in Bangkik! What a delight to come home and see your post!
    Thanks for the recipe!

  2. I’ve seen your recipes on the Tasty Kitchen site and saved/tried a few. I finally came directly to your site and I am sorry it took me so long. Love reading your cooking posts and have marked a few to try as soon as Thanksgiving is over.

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