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List of fish sauces

Fish sauce fermenting in large barrels

Fish sauce is an amber-colored liquid extracted from the fermentation of fish with sea salt. It is used as a condiment in various cuisines. Fish sauce is a staple ingredient in numerous cultures in Southeast Asia and the coastal regions of East Asia, and featured heavily in Cambodian, Philippine, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisine.


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  • See also 2
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  • Further reading 4
  • External links 5

Fish sauces


  • Anchovy essence – used as a flavoring for soups, sauces, and other dishes, anchovy essence is a pink-colored, thick, oily sauce, consisting of pounded anchovies, spices and other ingredients.


  • Bagoong – a Philippine condiment made of partially or completely fermented fish or shrimps and salt.[1] The fermentation process also results in fish sauce (known as patis).[2]
  • Bagoong monamon – a common ingredient used in Philippine cuisine and particularly in Northern Ilocano cuisine. It is made by fermenting salted anchovies and is used as a cooking ingredient.
  • Bagoong terong – a common ingredient used in the Philippines and particularly in Northern Ilocano cuisine. It is made by salting and fermenting the bonnet mouth fish.
  • Budu sauce – a well-known fermented seafood product in Kelantan, Malaysia as well as Southern Thailand. It is traditionally made by mixing anchovy and salt in the range of ratio of 2:1 to 6:1 and allowing to ferment for 140 to 200 days. It is used as a flavoring and is normally eaten with fish, rice and raw vegetables.



The ruins of a garum factory in Baelo Claudia, Spain


  • Mahyawa – a tangy fish sauce made from salted anchovies and ingredients such as fennel seeds, cummin seeds, coriander seeds and mustard seeds. Originally from the southern coastal regions of Iran, it has become a popular food item among Arab states of the Persian Gulf, brought by the migration of the Persian Huwala and Ajam communities to the region.


  • Padaek – a traditional Lao condiment made from pickled or fermented fish that has been cured. Often known as Lao fish sauce, it is a thicker, seasoned fish sauce that often contains chunks of fish in it.
  • Phu quoc fish sauce – a specific variety of fish sauce produced on Phu Quoc island in southwest Vietnam. Since 2001, the Industrial Property Department of the government of Vietnam has the name "Phu Quoc Fish Sauce" as a trademark, and only registered manufacturers are allowed to use the name in Vietnam.[4]
  • Pissalat – originating from the Nice region of France, pissalat is made from anchovy puree flavored with cloves, thyme, bay leaf and black pepper, and is mixed with olive oil.
  • Pla ra – made by pickling several varieties of fish, mainly Snakehead Murrel (Channa striata), the fish is cleaned and cut into pieces, after which it is mixed with salt and rice bran.


  • Shottsuru – a pungent regional Japanese fish sauce, usually made from sandfish, and its production is associated with the Akita region.


See also


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  3. ^ Curtis, Robert I (1983) "In Defense of Garum" The Classical Journal, 78 (3): 232–240.
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  5. ^ Keogh, Brian (1997) The Secret Sauce: a History of Lea & Perrins ISBN 978-0-9532169-1-8
  6. ^ Shurtleff, W.; Aoyagi, A. 2012. "History of Worcestershire Sauce (1837-2012)." Lafayette, California: Soyinfo Center.

Further reading

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  • The dictionary definition of fish sauce at Wiktionary
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