Any good substitutes for fish sauce?

  • Posted by: katzy
  • October 31, 2010


friendlyoaks November 2, 2010
I had a friend bring me back kosher, parve fish sauce from Israel - not vegetarian. I also get people to carry back anchovy paste, bean thread, and other products from there. Almost all anchovies are marked kosher, so making your own paste or fish sauce is also an option. The vegetarian suggestions by foodfighter and innoabrd both sound good.
pierino November 1, 2010
It appears I omitted the adjective "vegetarian" in Vietnamese vegetarian fish sauce. Important detail, in that nuoc mam an chay is purportedly vegetarian. Although I don't know if it's pareve.
fry I. November 1, 2010
I agree with innoabrd, anchovies.
nutcakes November 1, 2010
Nuoc Cham is a typical dipping sauce or dressing that uses Fish Sauce as an ingredient, or a fish sauce subsitute if you are vegetarian. It isn't a substitute for the fish sauce itself.
innoabrd October 31, 2010
following on pierino--I found this link:

4 tablespoons soy sauce or vegetarian fish sauce
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
5 tablespoons boiling water
4 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons lime juice with pulp, freshly squeezed
4 teaspoon garlic, finely minced
2 teaspoons red Thai chili pepper, finely chopped, to taste
pierino October 31, 2010
One of my food references suggests combining soy sauce, rice vinegar, powdered dulse (seaweed) and rice vinegar and fermented tofu. I don't especially endorse this, as I happen to like fish sauce. There is also a Vietnamese sauce called nuoc mam an chay. I don't know what it contains as fish sauce is made from fermented anchovies.
allie October 31, 2010
see this foodpickle question, which provides some answers
innoabrd October 31, 2010
Mmm. Can you get kosher anchovies? Have to admit that soy and lemon don't quite do it for me, but I wonder if you could try simmering some anchovies in water and then straining. It is, after all, a fish (usually anchovy, as I recall) extract.
Mr_Vittles October 31, 2010
You could also try some Worcestershire sauce and a little soy sauce, the Worcestershire has some fish in it and the soy sauce is salty.
katzy October 31, 2010
thank you so much, foodfighter! I needed a kosher substitute because most fish sauce isn't marked kosher, and kosher is a) nearly impossible to find and b) really, really expensive.
foodfighter October 31, 2010
2 parts soy sauce, and 1 part lime juice. Are you asking because you don't have fish sauce, or you need to cater to an allergy? There are different types of fish sauce, so with and without shellfish.
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