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Thai Tamarind Dipping Sauce (Nam Jim)

Thai Tamarind Dipping Sauce

Dax Phillips
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Sauces
Cuisine Thai
Servings 1 1/4 cup


  • 1/2 cup palm sugar mashed (or light brown sugar)
  • 3 tbsp tamarind paste/pulp
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce Red Boat or 3 Crabs brand
  • 1 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/2 tbsp Thai chili powder more for spicier


  • Start by getting a small sauce pot on medium-low heat. Add in the palm sugar, tamarind paste, fish sauce, and water. Whisk to break down the tamarind paste.
  • Cook the sauce for about 5 minutes, whisking along the way. You want that tamarind pulp to breakdown. It should be good after 5 minutes, but you can take it up to 10 minutes if necessary.
  • Pour the sauce into a serving container, add in the chili powder, stir, and let it cool.