Nam Pla Prik (น้ำปลาพริก)

Nam Pla Prik (น้ำปลาพริก)

This sauce is so ubiquitous, it’s almost like salt and pepper on the Thai table. Nam pla prik (sometimes also called prik nam pla) is a simple sauce made of chilies and fish sauce, and is commonly served as a dipping sauce alongside crispy fried foods like Thai spring rolls, fried fish, and deep fried okra.


  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 small shallot, sliced or minced
  • 1-4 Thai chili peppers, sliced

Slice chili peppers and shallot and place them in a sauce dish. Add fish sauce and lime juice. You can substitute garlic instead of shallot, and reduce or omit the lime juice if you prefer.

Note: For a vegetarian nam pla prik, you can substitute light soy sauce in place of the fish sauce.