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5 from 6 votes

Vegan Fish Sauce (Nước mắm Chay)

Make this delicious and easy vegan fish sauce in 5 minutes with simple pantry ingredients. Enjoy this tasty sauce with your Vietnamese and Thai dishes.
Prep Time4 mins
Cook Time1 min
Total Time5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, vietnamese
Keyword: dairy-free, fromscratch, glutenfree
Author: woonheng


  • ½ tablespoon chopped garlic about 1 clove
  • ½ tablespoon chili flakes or sub with 1 Thai chili
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ½ cup [125ml] hot water


  • Mix chopped garlic, chili flakes, and salt in a heat-safe bowl or mason jar.
  • Then, add maple syrup, lime juice, and hot water.
  • Mix well to combine.


  • The spicy level of this sauce depends on the type of chili flakes you use. Fresh Thai chili is also a great substitute if you prefer a spicier version.
  • Storage:
    • Store sauce in a jar at room temperature for up to 3 days or refrigerate for longer shelf life
  • Substitutes:
    • Use sugar or your favorite sweetener for maple syrup. Please start with the lowest amount and adjust accordingly.
    • Use light vinegar such as rice vinegar or vinegar for lime juice.