What can i use instead of fish sauce


In this brief guide, we will address the query, “What can I use instead of fish sauce?” and answer other related questions like “What are the best substitutes that can replace fish sauce?”

What can I use instead of fish sauce?


You can use many different sauce substitutes for fish sauce’. With fish sauce, one can make various recipes. However, there are many ways to substitute it with different types of sauces such as soy sauce, soy sauce with rice vinegar, soy sauce with lime juice, tamari sauce, oyster sauce, vegan fish sauce, mushroom broth, Worcestershire sauce and coconut aminos. 


Fish sauce is made by fermenting fish in salt, it has umami flavor and can go well with recipes such as vinaigrettes, stir-fries, marinades, sauces, gravies, etcetera . It has a brown liquid texture.

Fish sauce has a strong fishy and salty taste and is usually fermented for up to 2 years. 


One may not always have fish sauce when a recipe calls for it but we have some of the best substitutes you can try. 


Soy sauce 


Soy sauce is one of the easiest substitutes for the fish sauce that is vegan and umami and has a dark brown, liquid texture. 


One can use soy sauce at a 1:1 ratio for substituting fish sauce. 

Soy sauce with rice vinegar 


Soy sauce mixed with rice vinegar is a great substitute since it can increase both the salty taste and texture of any recipe.

One can use soy sauce with rice vinegar at a 1:1 ratio for substituting fish sauce. 


Soy sauce with lime juice

Soy sauce mixed with lime juice is another great substitute since it can increase both the aromatic sourness and texture of any recipe.


One can use half a tablespoon of lime juice with 1 tablespoon soy sauce for substituting fish sauce. 


Tamari sauce 


Tamari is a sauce made of ingredients like soybeans, miso paste, salt, and water. It is similar to soy sauce, though tamari has no wheat in it, it is a good substitute for fish sauce since it has a strong flavor and texture. 


One can use tamari sauce at a 1:1 ratio for substituting fish sauce. 

Oyster sauce 

Oyster sauce is a good substitute for fish sauce that is made of oyster juices, salt and sugar, it has a rich tangy flavor. It is used in recipes for stir-fries, gravies, sauces and marinades, etcetera. 


One can use oyster sauce at a 1:1 ratio for substituting fish sauce.

Vegan fish sauce 


Vegan fish sauce is made of shiitake mushrooms, salt and miso. It is one of the best substitutes for fish sauce since it has a similar taste and texture, is vegan and has an umami taste.  It can be used for recipes such as vinaigrettes, stir-fries, gravies, sauces and marinades, etcetera. 



One can use vegan fish sauce at a 1:1 ratio for substituting fish sauce.



Mushroom broth 


The mushroom broth is a great substitute for fish sauce since it can give an umami flavor to recipes such as stir-fries, marinades, noodles, etcetera. It is also vegan friendly. 


It is very easy to make mushroom broth at home by mixing ingredients such as a cube of mushroom broth in hot water and adding sugar, soy sauce and cornstarch in a pan and stirring it well till it thickens.

One can use mushroom broth at a 1:1 ratio for substituting fish sauce.



Worcestershire sauce


Worcestershire sauce is a good substitute for fish sauce since it can give a tangy, umami flavor and can be used for recipes such as stir-fries, marinades, sauces, etcetera. 

One can use Worcestershire sauce at a 1:1 ratio for substituting fish sauce.



Coconut aminos 


Coconut aminos come from coconut sap and is a healthy substitute for fish sauce since it contains lower amounts of salt than many other sauces and is also gluten-free and vegan friendly. It has a similar umami flavor and texture to fish sauce.

One can use coconut aminos at a 1:1 ratio for substituting fish sauce.



Conclusion 


In this brief guide, we have addressed the query, “What can I use instead of fish sauce?” and answered other related questions like “What are the best substitutes that can replace fish sauce?” We have also highlighted the general amount that would be required of each substitute for replacing fish sauce. 



Citations 

https://www.healthline.com/
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/
https://thestonesoup.com/blog/

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