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Thai-Style Hot-and-Sour Dressing for Seafood Salads

A Recipe of Kasma Loha-unchit
Recipe Copyright © 1998 Kasma Loha-unchit.

In Thai cuisine, different types of sauces are used for different purposes. This intensely Hot-and-Sour mixture made from undiluted fish sauce with lime juice, plenty of crushed chiles, garlic, and a little sugar, is preferred as a salad dressing, especially for seafood salads. (Learn more about Flavoring Food with Fish Sauce.)


  • 4-8 red and green fresh Thai chiles, cut into thin rounds with seeds
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 Tbs. Thai fish sauce, to taste (see Cooking to Taste)
  • Juice of 1-2 limes, or about 3 Tbs., to taste
  • 2-3 tsp. sugar, to taste

Crush the chiles and garlic with a mortar and pestle to a coarse paste. Add fish sauce, lime juice and sugar to the desired combination of salty, sour and sweet.

Copyright © 1998 Kasma Loha-unchit. All rights reserved.

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