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Kosher Fish Sauce

This is a home-made kosher substitute for Vietnamese (nuoc mam) or Thai (nam pla) fish sauce. To be honest it's not a great substitute, but it's acceptable if you need a kosher alternative or if you just can't find it in your neighborhood.


  • Ready Time : 0 min



  • 1 tin anchovies in oil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • dash Worcestershire sauce


Warm the olive and sesame oil gently in a small saucepan over low heat. Add the anchovies and let them simmer. They will start to break apart; as they cook break them up futher with a stiff spatula. Cook 8 minutes then remove from heat and allow to cool. Whisk in the powdered mustard, followed by the soy and Worcestershire.

Pour into a blender and blend a few seconds until smooth.


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8 Responses to Kosher Fish Sauce

  1. avatar says: Elizabeth

    But what I need is a kosher “fish” sauce substitute that I can use for fleishigs. So many chicken or meat curries to try that call for nam pla. What do you suggest other than soy sauce and lime juice mixed.

    I did find kosher nam pla in Israel…but it’s only for parve or milchigs.

    • avatar says: pep tan

      What store in Israel? My dtr in law is frum and my son is Thai. Thank you

      • It is pretty available now throughout Israel, I personally just found a bottle while in Tel Aviv on Levinsky street.

  2. avatar says: Rachel BL

    We took a vegan Thai cooking class in Thailand so that we could bring the recipes back to our kosher kitchen. Our instructor substituted miso paste for the fish sauce.

  3. koshergourmetmart.com has carried kosher nam pla in the past and we hope to get more soon

  4. avatar says: Eric J.

    For recipes that call for fish sauce, I usually use one part rice vinegar to three parts tamari.

  5. Hi Jamie:
    I am Anita Hajiof uncle. My Question is how long can you store home made fish sauce.

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