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Oct 20, 2009 08:19 AM

Fish / Oyster Sauce

I have a recipe for lettuce cups I would like to try that calls for oyster sauce. I have fish sauce in my pantry. Are they interchangable?

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  1. No, not really. Fish sauce is thin, fermented and oyster sauce is thicker and sweeter.

    1. No. Fish sauce is salty and, for lack of a better word, fishy. Oyster sauce is briny and somewhat sweet. If you are going to sub fish sauce for oyster sauce, you may want to decrease the amount you use and balance the flavor with a little sugar.

      1. nope.
        oyster sauce is heavy, thick, dark brown stuff.

        1. Don't use fish sauce as a substitute.

          If you don't have oyster sauce, you can replicate the flavor by combining the following and making a "fake" oyster sauce:

          1. Dark soy sauce
          2. Brown sugar
          3. Rice vinegar
          4. Maggi sauce or Worcestershire sauce

          Combine and bring to a boil in a saucepan, and then simmer for about 10 minutes at low heat.