Ginger Dipping Sauce

The tangy heat of this sauce cuts richness and enlivens whatever it touches. Try it with grilled, poached, or fried chicken or seafood. Employ it to amp up a slaw.

Ginger Dipping Sauce
Photo: Greg DuPree
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
Makes about 2/3 cup


  • 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 3 limes)

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, plus more to taste

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce (such as Three Crabs), plus more to taste

  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped seeded red Fresno chile or jalapeño (from 1 [1-ounce] chile)


  1. Stir together lime juice, ginger, and sugar in a small bowl until sugar dissolves. Stir in fish sauce and chile; let stand until flavors meld, about 15 minutes. Taste to make sure it’s agreeable on a spicy-tart-sweet level; adjust as needed. Serve in a bowl, or use to dress a salad.

Make Ahead

Refrigerate in an airtight container up to 3 days. Stir before using.

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