Thai-style Dipping Sauce for Meat

This sauce can be easily converted into a nice salad dressing.

Bought some amazing ibérico pork neck from the butcher today and thought I would grill it and serve it with a Thai-style dipping sauce. In Thai cuisine, it’s common to serve grilled meat with Jaew, which is a mixture of fresh coriander leaves, fish sauce, lime juice, toasted rice powder, coconut sugar, and chili. Since I didn’t have rice powder on hand, I added some crushed toasted and salted peanuts into the sauce to add that nutty flavor. This sauce can be easily converted into a nice salad dressing as well.

Makes 2 servings to share


  • 1 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Thai fish sauce
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp crushed, roasted, salted peanuts
  • 1/2 clove crushed garlic
  • 2 pieces of thinly sliced ginger
  • 1/2 handful of fresh coriander leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp dried hot chili flakes

Recipe Preparation

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl, mix well, and adjust to taste with sugar, fish sauce, and lime juice according to your preferences. 

Serve with grilled meat such as pork neck or flank steak.

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