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How to Make Vegan ‘Fish’ Sauce

So why make vegan fish sauce? Well, if you like to make your own vegan Thai or Vietnamese food, fish sauce is a very common ingredient and gives these cuisines a nice flavor. I used this vegan fish sauce recipe in Nuoc Cham (the sauce used for Bun Chay aka vermercelli salad bowls) and you can also use it to season fresh Thai papaya salad. (It’s made with green unripe papaya and is more like a raw squash).

How to Make Vegan 'Fish' Sauce

This Recipe is :

Dairy FreeVegan



  1. Combine wakame, garlic, peppercorns and water in a large sauce pan and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer about 20 minutes. Strain and return the liquid back to the pot. Add soy sauce, bring back to a boil and cook until mixture is reduced and almost unbearable salty. Remove from heat and stir in miso.
  2. Decant into a bottle and keep in the refrigerator. Use one-for-one to replace fish sauce in vegan recipes.


Wakame is the seaweed used often in seaweed salad in Japanese restaurants. It’s shredded into little strips. So if you’ve ever tried seaweed salad, you’ll be familiar with it.






Veronica Grace is a self-taught “chef” and food enthusiast who focuses on promoting a low fat vegan approach to a whole foods diet and lifestyle. She teaches and encourages people to eat fresh plant-based foods as much as possible and stays up to date on current research in the natural health and plant based diet world. So follow along on her inventive food journey and enjoy a simple, tasty healthy lifestyle. Find her at LowFatVeganChef.



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10 comments on “How to Make Vegan ‘Fish’ Sauce”

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Beth Hopkins Heeschen
2 Years Ago

Fish sauce and plain greek yogurt, are my last nemesis....

Kerith Earlix
2 Years Ago

Can't wait to try it!

Kelly Hutchy McMahon
2 Years Ago

Looks great!! I have a cold and this would make me feel better!!!

Methuzulah Gem
2 Years Ago

Jamie Cooley

Meria Lacy
2 Years Ago

on guam we make finedeni best stuff in the world.... better then fish sauce.

Melike Sayman
2 Years Ago

i really do not miss the smell of fish :O

Jacquie Miller
2 Years Ago

You guys are amazing!

Stephanie Kim
2 Years Ago

Let me give you some other tips on creating great flavors without animal broth or whatever. Get dried shiitake and dried kelp (known as kombu, or dashima) and use it to make broth. You can use this in soups or any sauces along with soy sauce, miso etc. Or you can make the shiitake into fine powder and use that along with seaweed granules (not too much cuz you don't want excess iodine) - makes it even more easier for cooking.

Patrice Lenhoff Anita
2 Years Ago

Thank you so much...I have been looking for an alternative to fish sauce for quite some time now...

Natasha Saint-Laurent
2 Years Ago

Thank you !


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