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Feb 10, 2009 07:59 AM

Kosher-style replacement for oyster sauce?

Not sure if this should go in Home cooking, but here goes: I'd like to make a recipe for Garlic Beef with Broccoli (from Nina Simonds A Spoonful of Ginger). It calls for 6 Tablespoons of Oyster Sauce. Is there anything I can use or make instead to approximate texture or flavor?

Doesn't have to be true kosher--kosher-style in fine.



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  1. My SO is allergic to shellfish so I usually use either thick soy sauce(kecap manis sp?) w/ a dash of fish sauce or mushroom soy sauce is nice and also quite thick.
    Hope this helps. You might get more and better responses on home cooking.

    6 Replies
    1. re: lucygoosey

      There are two old discussion threads on this, do a search with quotes, like this:

      "fish sauce"

      1. re: vallevin

        Fish sauce (nam plah, or nuac mam) is a very different thing from the Chinese oyster sauce. It's Southeast Asian, and made with different ingredients. I have kosher fish sauce, but I've yet to see a kosher oyster sauce, either in New York groceries or online, probably because oyster sauce contains actual oyster.

        1. re: GilaB

          Where did you get kosher fish sauce?!

          1. re: rachelb99

   stocks it occasionally.

            1. re: GilaB

              At $15 plus shipping for a bottle that expires in March - I don't want it that badly.

              1. re: rachelb99

                For what it's worth, I had fish sauce (this was before my kosher days) bottles open for years without any problem - it's so fermented that nothing can grow in it.