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Palm Sugar and Fish Sauce Dressing

by The Devil Wears Salad

There is nothing more delectable than a combination of opposing flavours. Salty, pungent fish sauce is tamed by the sticky sweetness of palm sugar. A salad dressing with a difference!

Palm Sugar and Fish Sauce Dressing

For all you sweet tooths out there, I have no doubt you would have crossed paths with the heavenly palm sugar. If you haven’t, please do yourself a favour and go and get some, pronto!

Palm sugar is a sweetener that comes from the sap of the flowers of a palm tree. You would find palm sugar either in flat donut shaped discs or in a cylinder. Either way it comes in a hardened form and in most cases it needs to be dissolved and used as you would like any normal sugar. Personally I like grating it and sprinkling it on top of shredded coconut to make a dessert.

The different flavours and colours are all dependent on what sort of palm it is derived from. You can get palm sugar from dates, palmyra, nipa, sugar and coconut. The coconut and date palm sugars are the ones that I grew up with in Malaysia and back home it is called gula melaka. Gula meaning “sugar” and Melaka is the name of a Malaysian state where it originated from.

Gula Melaka plays an integral role in Malaysian desserts. It’s sweetness is like none other with all of its intense smokey, caramel, coffee and butterscotch undertones. Yes, all those flavours from the one ingredient! I simply couldn’t resist putting it in our salad dressings and it is a perfect recipe to use for any Asian inspired salads you may be creating.

Palm Sugar and Fish Sauce Dressing Ingredients

Palm sugar: The sweetness you get from palm sugar is so different to regular sugar. It adds an amazing depth to the recipe and is one of my favourite things in the world!

Fish sauce: Adding some salty flavours into the recipe. For really good fish sauce you can try Red Boat or Mega Chef.

Lemon: Lots of strong flavours in this recipe so the lemon helps to balance out the sweet and salty. Watch the seeds when you’re squeezing the lemon.

Garlic: We’re going to grate the garlic clove as we want the garlic to dispersed amongst the salad recipe. Really going for strong pungent flavours.

Water: Water is used to dissolve the palm sugar so that it can be mixed through with the other ingredients to create this dressing. Very quick process in a small saucepan and enjoy the lovely smells as it wafts through your kitchen.

Palm Sugar and Fish Sauce Dressing Method

The palm sugar or Gula Melaka is almost impossible to cut through as it is rock hard. The best way to get a small portion is to grate it.

In a small saucepan, add 100g of water to 50g of palm sugar and mix on low heat for about 5 minutes or until fully dissolved.

In a medium mixing bowl, add the palm sugar, juice of 1 lemon, fish sauce and grated garlic clove. Mix thoroughly.

Best Salad for This Dressing

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Who doesn’t love a good seafood salad? This Asian inspired Baby Cuttlefish Salad is paired with the crunch of the green papaya, pungent fish sauce and tamed by aromatic palm sugar.

Baby Cuttlefish Salad with Green Papaya

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Palm Sugar and Fish Sauce Dressing

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Palm Sugar and Fish Sauce Dressing

There is nothing more delectable than a combination of opposing flavours. Salty, pungent fish sauce is tamed by the sticky sweetness of palm sugar. A salad dressing with a difference!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Dressing
Dietary: Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Pescatarian
Food Group: Fruit, Sauce/Vinegar/Oils, Seafood
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 51kcal
Author: Amy Chung

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Grate the palm sugar. In a small saucepan, add 100g of water to 50g of palm sugar and mix on low heat for about 5 minutes or until fully dissolved.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, add the palm sugar, juice of 1 lemon, fish sauce and grated garlic clove. Mix thoroughly.

Equipment

Cups and Spoons
Mixing Bowl
Lemon Lime Squeezer
Whisk Small

Nutrition

Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 262mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
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Jen Talley June 29, 2020 - 1:55 am

5 stars
I’m always looking for new homemade salad dressing ideas. Thank you!

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The Devil Wears Salad July 3, 2020 - 9:04 am

You welcome Jen!

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Debra June 28, 2020 - 12:39 pm

5 stars
This dressing is delish on salad. I’m going to try it with stir fry…..seems like it will be the perfect mix of flavors.

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The Devil Wears Salad July 3, 2020 - 9:04 am

You definitely can! Would work really well.

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Mama Maggie's Kitchen June 28, 2020 - 11:26 am

5 stars
Incredibly delicious. I have to make this soon!

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The Devil Wears Salad July 3, 2020 - 9:04 am

Thanks! It’s a winner that’s for sure!

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Jar of Lemons June 28, 2020 - 12:46 am

5 stars
I’m intrigued by your title alone! Beautiful recipe!

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The Devil Wears Salad June 28, 2020 - 10:31 am

LOL! Thanks! Yeah, something a little different. Salad dressings don’t all have to be boring!

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Chef Dennis June 27, 2020 - 9:08 pm

5 stars
Oooh I am gonna try t his Palm Sugar and Fish Sauce Dressing on my salad!

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The Devil Wears Salad June 28, 2020 - 10:30 am

Great! Let us know how you go!

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Marina June 27, 2020 - 8:08 pm

5 stars
Love this dressing recipe, perfect for seafood salad!

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The Devil Wears Salad June 28, 2020 - 10:30 am

Thanks Marina! Would definitely work well with seafood:)

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Christie Gagnon June 27, 2020 - 8:33 am

5 stars
So fresh and delicious…and that’s a lovely looking salad!

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Michele Peterson June 27, 2020 - 8:14 am

5 stars
This recipe was the perfect way to showcase the palm sugar I had in my pantry! Loved the colours of it all

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Emily Flint June 27, 2020 - 1:55 am

5 stars
This salad dressing sounds so delicious, I can’t wait to use it on my next salad with fish!

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Sue June 27, 2020 - 1:30 am

5 stars
This fish sauce dressing is perfect on a seafood salad!

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