Gooey, creamy caramel is a dessert staple. But it’s also great on the main course. We’re not talking about your usual, sugary caramel—we’re talking about nuoc mau, the savory, funky caramel sauce, which Vietnamese cooks make with fish sauce. Here, the best savory ways to make and use caramel.
1. Sautéed Shrimp in Fish Sauce Caramel
Angela Dimayuga of NYC's Mission Chinese Food uses her deeply flavorful fish sauce caramel for a variety of seafood. Here, she tosses sweet, garlicky shrimp with the sauce.
2. Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken with Caramel Sauce
This super-fast chicken stir-fry is a perfect weeknight dish.