Khao Nam Recipe

Bold and bright, our take on Nam Khao is one you won’t want to miss! Sweet and savory, spicy and fragrant, these rice balls are always a hit.

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Khao Nam Recipe

Cooking time
PREP TIME 20 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 20 mins
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 40 mins (+ 15 mins standing time)


  • 1 bag Success® Jasmine Rice
  • 1 lb bulk pork sausage
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp red curry paste
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 green onions, thinly sliced
  • canola oil
  • pinch salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges
  • butter lettuce leaf


Cooking with Fish Sauce

Very few ingredients are capable of bringing instant show stopping flavor to a dish like fish sauce can: it´s a combination of sweet, salty and briny all in one bottle. The flavor of fish sauce comes from fermenting fish for anywhere from a couple months to a couple of years.

The sauce is normally associated with Asian cooking and it provides the driving flavor in dishes like pad thai. It is a useful sauce for marinades, stir-fries, and some salad dressings. Be careful with how much you add because a little can go a long way.

Fish Sauce Substitutes

If you do not have fish sauce in your cupboards, do not worry. There are several different options to use as as a substitutes:

  1. Soy Sauce
  2. Tamari
  3. Oyster Sauce
  4. Seaweed
  5. Mushroom and Soy Sauce Broth

How to Thinly Slice Green Onions

This Nam Khao recipe calls for six thinly sliced green onions. To start off, make sure you have a sharp knife, as this will make the cutting much easier than trying to use a dull knife.

  1. -First, remove any dirt from the onion. After it is cleaned off, then place it on a cutting board. Starting with the white bulb, you want to cut off the root end.
  2. -Then, inspect the outer layer of the onion to see if it is nice, or if it’s damaged. If you find it to be  damaged then proceed to  remove the outer layer.
  3. -Cut off the ends of the green part since they are often tough.
  4. -Separate the green tops from the white bulb.
  5. -Slice the white bulb lengthwise while holding it  together.
  6. -Turn it, and then chop by cutting across all the slices.
  7. -Grab the green tops and slice thin.
  8. -Repeat until done!

Other Asian Style Recipes

Success® Rice has several delicious options for you to choose from for your next weeknight dinner that don’t require fish sauce:

Asian Stir-Fry– This meal is quick and easy to prepare and is a perfect weeknight choice.

Asian-Style Steak with Mushroom and Rice This meal is ready in just 30 minutes and with flank steak and mushrooms this meal is a guaranteed winner.

  • If you are craving Asian food then Success® Rice has the perfect recipe for you.  Our Nam Khao is flavorsome and bright and covers all the senses in just one bite! Made with Success® Jasmine Rice, this appetizer is sure to hit the spot.

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly browned. Stir in coconut and curry paste. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

    Step 3

  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine eggs, breadcrumbs, fish sauce, sugar, and salt. Fold in 3/4 of the green onion. Add cooked rice and sausage mixture to the mixing bowl and stir well. Allow the mixture to rest for 15 minutes, then roll into golf-ball-sized spheres.