Vegetarian "fish" Sauce for Asian Cooking

READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by Spice Princess

This recipe is from "1000 Vegetarian Recipes" by Carol Gelles. I keep a bottle of this in my fridge at all times for Southeast Asian cooking. I never tried fish sauce before I went veg, so I can't say how much it tastes like the "real" thing, but it offers a different flavor than plain soy sauce. It has kind of a sea taste from the seaweed, and it's not as salty as straight-up soy sauce. The dried kelp/kombu is hard to measure, in the book it says "six 1 1/2 inch pieces", but I just break off 3 good sized strips. Cooking time includes time for the sauce to cool.

Top Review by Sharon123

This works just fine! Now I don't need to buy it, just substitute it, and that's great because I'm trying to go more vegan. Thanks! Made for the Pick a Chef(PAC) in the event/contest forum.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put all the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Let it cool, strain into a sterilized container, and store in the fridge or freezer.
  2. Use anytime fish sauce is called for in a recipe.

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