Vietnamese Dipping Sauce

At first glance these eye-catching chile peppers look like red jalapeno. However, they have a different flavor and are less meaty than Jalapeno. Red Fresnos are great roasted and added to salsas. Try grilling them alongside your steaks or in kabobs.

When roasting these they should char, blister, and become soft. Try substituting these in your favorite chile recipes.

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1-2 small red chiles, seeded and finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 Tbsp roasted peanuts
4 Tbsp coconut milk
2 Tbsp fish sauce
juice of 1 lime
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp chopped coriander leaves


Crush the red chiles together with the garlic and peanuts using a pestle and mortar or food processor.

Add the coconut milk, fish sauce, lime juice, sugar and coriander.

Makes 2/3 cup.

From “Fire and Spice” by Hsiung, Fernandez, and Wheeler.