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Thai green chili sauce (nam prik noom)

The ingredients are roasted or grilled until charred, concentrating the flavors resulting in a very hot sauce. It is typically served with grilled meats or used as a dipping sauce for fresh vegetables.

This Thai green chili sauce, also known as nam prik noom, is a spicy and flavorful condiment that adds an extra kick to any dish. This traditional Thai sauce is made from roasted or grilled green chilies, giving it a smoky and slightly charred flavor. The heat level can vary depending on the type of chili peppers used, but it is generally considered to be quite spicy.


6 clv garlic
6 chili pepper (Thai green chili peppers)
6 shallot (peeled)
4 tomato (optional, ripe vine tomatoes)
2 lime (juice only)
2 T Thai fish sauce (nam pla)
1 pn sugar (palm sugar)
6 T cooking oil (optional, sunflower or sesame oil work well)
2 T coriander (fresh coriander, finely chopped)


Broil / grill the garlic, chilies, shallots, and tomato under high heat, turning once, until soft and slightly charred - for about 20-30 minutes. Allow them to cool.

Remove seeds from the chili peppers and tomato, squeeze the roasted garlic out of the skin, and transfer everything to a mortar and pound into a paste with the pestle.

Mix in sugar, lime juice and fish sauce; and the oil, if using.

Garnish with chopped coriander.

Total time
45 minutes
Cooking time
Preparation time
1 cup


Nam prik noom is incredibly versatile. It is commonly served as a dipping sauce for fresh vegetables or fried foods, adding a spicy kick to each bite. It can also be used as a marinade for grilled meats or seafood, giving them a deliciously spicy flavor. Some people even use it as a condiment for noodle dishes or stir-fries, adding an extra layer of heat and depth to the dish.

Some recipes use grilled eggplant instead of tomato, or a combination of eggplant and tomato. That is fine. You can also substitute shallots with half the amount of banana shallots, or a quarter of the amount of white onion - onion will have a stronger taste.

Thai chilies are very hot. You can substitute half of them with a milder variety of green chili, to control heat without compromising flavor. Adding vegetable oil also affects the strength of the result.

If you don't want to use the grill or oven, the ingredients can be cooked in a skillet, stirring continuously, preferably with little or no oil.

If you don´t relish the mortar and pestle, use a hand blender.


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Serve as a dip with raw or grilled vegetables, and accompany with steamed rice.

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