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Easy Mango Sauce (Great as a Marinade, Sauce, or Dip!)

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Ripe mangoes
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This Mango Sauce/Dip is easy to make, and always gets rave reviews when I serve it to company. A little coconut milk helps enhance the mango and give it a rich tropical flavor, while a touch of lime juice keeps it on the savory side - a nice mixture of sweet, sour, spicy and salty. Use it as a dip for cooked shrimp (great with coconut shrimp!), calamari, spring rolls or fresh rolls, or whatever appetizers you happen to be serving up. You can also use this mango sauce in stir-fries, such as mango chicken or shrimp stir fry. Be sure to buy the ripest mango you can find (see the recipe for shopping tips). ENJOY!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: MAKES 1.5 to 2 cups mango sauce


  • 2 ripe mangoes (see below for mango tips)
  • 2 Tbsp. fish sauce, OR 1 Tbsp. soy sauce + pinch salt if vegetarian/vegan, to taste
  • 4 Tbsp. good-quality (thick) coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp. Thai sweet chili sauce (available in most supermarkets in the Asian section)
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. dried crushed chili (from the spice aisle)


For more on mangoes, see my How to Buy & Prepare Fresh Mango.
  1. Scoop out the mango fruit and place in a food processor, blender, or large chopper.
  2. Add all other ingredients. Process well to create a delicious mango sauce. Tip: Avoid over-processing, as you don't want it too runny. If you prefer chunks of mango in your sauce, just pulse to create the sauce until you're happy with the consistency.
  3. Do a taste-test. Depending on the ripeness/sweetness of your mango, you may have to add a little more sugar. Add more fish sauce for more flavor, or more chili for more spice. What you want is a balance of sweet, salty, and spicy.
  4. Use as a marinade/sauce for chicken, pork, fish, or seafood, OR serve as a delicious dip for nearly any finger food. ENJOY!

Note: To use this as a marinade for grilled chicken, see my: Grilled Mango Chicken Recipe.

User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
Excellent but a little too sweet, Member Dazzlen

Made this as a dipping sauce for grilled zucchini which went alongside some grilled Tilapia. Husband & son loved it. Only thing I would probably change next time is either no brown sugar, or less of the sweet chili dipping sauce. Was just a tad too sweet, but still excellent!

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