If you have ever watched anything on the Food Network, chances are you have seen a talented chef make something with fish sauce. But for those who have never cooked with it or even tasted this sauce, the idea of fish sauce sounds pretty gross. But this deliciously pungent sauce gives Asian cooking its flare. So what is fish sauce and what can you make with it?
What is it?
Fish sauce is actually composed of three ingredients: fish, salt, and water. These ingredients are combined in a barrel for 12-18 months in order to ferment the fish. The longer the mixture sits, the nuttier the flavor. The liquid is then strained, bottled, and ready for consumption. The darker the liquid is when it is bottled, the stronger the flavor will be. While most people think they can only use fish sauce in Asian cuisine, this ingredient is a good addition to many types of food from all over the world. Take a look at some of our favorite recipes using fish sauce!
For this dipping sauce, you will need:
- 2 cloves of grated garlic
- ½ cup of fish sauce
- ½ cup of lime juice
- ½ cup of brown sugar
- 2 to 4 Thai chilis finely minced
- ½ cup of finely minced cilantro
- ¼ cup of finely sliced scallions
Put all of the ingredients into a medium sized bowl and whisk together until well combined. This recipe can be drizzled over fried chicken and many other recipes.
Caesar Salad Dressing
Unlike other Caesar salad dressings, this recipe does not use raw eggs. For this ingredients, you will need:
- 2-3 pressed garlic cloves
- ¾ cup of mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan
- 1 teaspoon of fish sauce
- 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
- ½ of a lemon squeezed
- Salt and pepper to taste
Combine all of the ingredients into a large bowl. Once combined, toss the dressing with romaine lettuce and enjoy with extra parmesan and croutons!
Fish Sauce with Lotte Plaza Markets
Lotte Plaza Market is your one stop shop for all of your Asian groceries. With more than 11 locations in Maryland and Virginia, this growing market is always expanding and opening new markets to better serve our customers. Opened since 1976, our goal has always been to provide the best customer service and groceries to our customers. For answers to all of your questions, email us at LottePlaza.com.