Vegan / Vegetarian Fish Sauce

Asian recipes often call for fish sauce. Here are two great vegetarian substitute sauces. Each recipe makes 2-3 cups and can be used to replace fish sauce 1:1.


1 cup of water

1 tablespoon of crushed garlic
1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1 large piece of kombu seaweed (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
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lime

In a medium pot over high 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.

SOURCE:Β The Chubby Vegetarian


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 paste

Combine seaweed, 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 paste.
6. Decant into a sterilised bottle and keep in the refrigerator.

SOURCE: Dana Velden viaΒ The Kitchn



5 Comments Add yours

  1. I am certainly going to give this a try, as I am not fond of real fish sauce. πŸ˜‰

    1. vegematarian says:

      Let me know which recipe you like better, Faye πŸ™‚

  2. Aimee says:

    I am definitely going to try this, being vegan limits alot of fish-sauce containing foods which I used to love. Thank you!
    x Aimee @

    1. vegematarian says:

      Glad I could help, Aimee. I find this mix does the job πŸ™‚

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