nam prik kapi recipe

Thai Shrimp Paste Chilli Dipping Sauce (Nam Prik Kapi)


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Nam prik kapi is a spicy shrimp paste dip that may seem a little off putting to westerners with its strong fishy smell, but is well worth trying if you are feeling adventurous as it is packed with strong flavour. It is often served with omelette, steamed or raw veg, sticky or steamed rice, mackerel, or anything you want! It is a very rich and fishy sauce, so is a great way to add strong flavours to foods that may otherwise seem a little bland.

With your trusty mortar and pestle, and a handful of common Thai cooking ingredients, this is a dip/sauce/relish/dish (can be described as either, or all of those things!) that is fast and easy to prepare. In this video we have used nam prik kapi as a vegetable dip, but as I mentioned earlier it works well combined with a variety of other ingredients. If you want to try it as a meal, serve with mackerel and rice and enjoy those flavours!

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nam prik kapi ingredients list

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  • 1 tbsp of shrimp paste
  • 1 tbsp of lime juice
  • 1 tbsp of sugar
  • half a green bean
  • 1 tbsp dried shrimp
  • 2 red chillies
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Your choice of vegetables for dipping

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Step 1: Add 1 clove of garlic to a mortar and pestle, and crush.

crushing the garlic

Step 2: Add 2 red chillies, and half a green to the mortar and pestle, and crush.

crushing the chilli in mortar and pestle

Step 3: Add 1 tbsp of dried baby shrimp to the mortar and pestle, and crush.

crushing the dried baby shrimp

Step 4: Add 1 tbsp of shrimp paste to the mortar and pestle, and grind the paste in with the other ingredients until thoroughly mixed.

mixing the shrimp paste

Step 5: Add 1 tbsp of sugar to the mortar and pestle, and grind and mix all of the ingredients together, until you are left with a thick paste.

nam phrik

Step 6: Spoon the paste into a condiment pot, and add 1 tbsp of lime juice. Mix thoroughly, and serve as a delicious dip with your choice of vegetables.

adding lime juice to nam prik dip

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