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Authentic Thai Recipe for Spicy Sweet and Sour Relish for Seafood

Authentic Thai recipe for Spicy Sweet and Sour Relish for Seafood

Spicy Sweet and Sour Relish for Seafood

นำจิมซีฟูด (Nam Jim Seafood)

Added on February 10, 2015

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Rated 4.5 Stars from 138 reader reviews

Yield: 1/2 Cup
Prep time: 4 Minutes
Cooking time: 1 Minutes
Ready in: 5 Minutes

This delicious relish or condiment is commonly known in Thai as Nam Jim Seafood
(นำจิมซีฟูด), or seafood dipping sauce. We use it to add spicy, sweet, and sour flavors to foods like fried or steamed fish, barbecued squid, and fish balls. It is also great on meat snacks and salads. It's quite easy to make up a small bowl anytime you need some. The ingredients are just water, fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, shallots, garlic, and hot chilies. Here we used the green Thai hot chilies, but this relish is often made with the very hot bright red ones.

Ingredient List:
What's in our Spicy Sweet and Sour Relish for Seafood.

Basic Directions:
How we make our Spicy Sweet and Sour Relish for Seafood.

1) Peel and slice shallots. Cut 1 or 2 Thai hot chilies into very thin slices. Chop 1 or 2 cloves of garlic very fine. Squeeze 1 or 2 limes.

2) Dissolve the sugar in the water over low heat. Let it cool completely.

3) Stir the fresh ingredients, lime juice, and fish sauce into the sugar water. Let stand for 15 minutes, then serve.

Click Here for a detailed step-by-step method.

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Detailed Step-by-step Method:

Step 1

Peel about 5 or 6 shallots, cut them in half, then slice them very thin. Cut 1 or 2 Thai hot chilies into very thin slices. Chop 1 or 2 cloves of garlic very fine. Squeeze 1 or 2 limes. Measure the water, sugar, and fish sauce.

Recipe for making authentic Thai food - Spicy Sweet and Sour Relish for Seafood - Step 1

Step 2

Heat the water in a small sauce pan. When it gets hot, add the sugar and stir well until it melts. Do not boil.

Recipe for making authentic Thai food - Spicy Sweet and Sour Relish for Seafood - Step 2

Step 3

Let the sugar water cool, then transfer to a small bowl. Stir in the fish sauce, lime juice, shallots, and garlic.

Recipe for making authentic Thai food - Spicy Sweet and Sour Relish for Seafood - Step 3

Step 4

Let the ingredients marinate for 15 - 20 minutes before serving. Serve at room temperature, but it doesn't stay fresh for long. You can store the unused portion in the refrigerator for one or two days.

Recipe for making authentic Thai food - Spicy Sweet and Sour Relish for Seafood - Step 4

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