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Fish / Oyster Sauce

dawnb Oct 20, 2009 08:19 AM

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. Niki in Dayton RE: dawnb Oct 20, 2009 08:41 AM

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

    1. JungMann RE: dawnb Oct 20, 2009 08:42 AM

      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.

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        gordeaux RE: dawnb Oct 20, 2009 08:42 AM

        oyster sauce is heavy, thick, dark brown stuff.

        1. ipsedixit RE: dawnb Oct 20, 2009 10:28 AM

          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.

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