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Muối Ớt in a mortar with a pestle in it surrounded by chilis and a fruit platter.
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Muối Ớt (Vietnamese Chili Salt)

Muối Ớt is Vietnam's chili salt pounded into a vibrant spicy mix. Dip fruits in for a salty kick that'll leave you reaching for more!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dip
Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese
Servings: 6
Calories: 10kcal
Author: Jeannette


  • Mortar and pestle


For The Chili Salt

  • 1/4 US cup salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar (or to taste)
  • 3 chili

For The Fruit

  • green mango
  • pineapple
  • ambarella
  • java apple


  • Use a mortar and pestle to pound the chili until flat.
  • Pour the salt and sugar in, then pound them through for 2 minutes or until it turns a bright orange.
  • Serve immediately as is with your favorite fruit!


  • Use fresh chili. We often store frozen ones at home for convenience, but freezing them toughens the skin and gives the Muối Ớt an unpleasant texture.
  • Use a mortar and pestle. You can make this in a food processor (and it'll be much quicker if you're making a large batch), but by pounding it with the pestle it releases the oils that mix into the salt. Processing it will only cut the ingredients finely.
  • Opt for good quality salt. If you can get your hands on sea salt, it'll be a more fragrant saltiness and the rough texture will help break up the chili as it gets pounded.
  • We use fresh Thai bird's eye chilis that you can find in Asian supermarkets. You might also know someone who grows them in their garden and is happy to share!
  • If you can't find Thai chili, just use any fresh varieties you have available.
  • The most common fruits served with the chili salt are green mango, pineapple, ambarella, java apple and kamquat. Use whichever ones you like for this recipe.
  • If you live in an area with lots of Vietnamese locals, you might even find that stalls sell the fruit pre-cut and wrapped in plastic wrap with a small sachet of store made chili salt.


Calories: 10kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 214IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg