Vegan / Vegetarian Fish Sauce

It’s no secret that I love the flavours of different Asian cuisines. Fish sauce has always been a tricky one to navigate in recipes, up until now! Here are two great recipes from theKitchn and the Chubby Vegetarian, each one with its own fantastic flavour. Each recipe makes 2-3 cups and can be used to replace equal amounts of fish sauce in recipes.

Chubby Vegetarian’s Fish Sauce

1 cup of water
1 tablespoon of crushed garlic
1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1 large piece of kombu (rinsed briefly under cold water)
1 1/4 cups of dried shiitake mushrooms
1/2 cup tamari or gluten-free soy sauce
1 tablespoon of sugar / sweetener
2 teaspoons of sea salt
1 tablespoon of peppercorns
1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger
2 tablespoons of rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
The juice of 1 lemon
The juice of 1 lime

1. In a medium pot over hight heat, bring the water along with the other ingredients to a boil.
2. Cover, and reduce to a simmer.
3. After 25-30 minutes, strain and return liquid to the pot.
4. Continue to simmer until the mixture is down to about 2-3 cups.
5. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool.
6. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 6 weeks.

View the original recipe here —


theKitchn’s Vegan Fish Sauce

1 1/2 cups of shredded seaweed (I use wakame)
6 cups of water
6 fat cloves garlic, crushed but not peeled
1 tablespoon of peppercorns
1 cup of gluten-free mushroom soy sauce (or a sweet gluten-free soy sauce)
1 tablespoon of miso

1. Combine wakame, garlic, peppercorns and water in a large sauce pan and bring to a boil.
2. Lower heat and simmer about 20 minutes.
3. Strain and return the liquid back to the pot.
4. Add soy sauce, bring back to a boil and cook until mixture is reduced and almost unbearable salty.
5. Remove from heat and stir in miso.
6. Decant into a sterilised bottle and keep in the refrigerator.

View the original recipe here –

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3 Comments on “Vegan / Vegetarian Fish Sauce”

  1. January 19, 2014 at 2:21 PM #

    I am certainly going to give this a try, as I am not fond of real fish sauce. ;)

    • January 19, 2014 at 2:24 PM #

      Let me know which recipe you like better, Faye :-)


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