How to Make A Delicious Fish Sauce At Home With Anchovies!

If you love eating seafood and crave a juicy, luscious, and tangy dip to go with it, we’ve got you covered. At Licious, we have curated a unique fish sauce recipe for you that you can make in under 5-10 minutes at home. 

This fish sauce makes an excellent dip for side dishes like crab cakes, fish fingers, fish fries, and other seafood recipes. Additionally, you can also use this classic sauce for fish when you’re preparing other meat dishes, such as grilled chicken, sandwiches, even vegetable nuggets, or salad dressing! 

The best part is, whether you’re in the mood for a vegetarian or seafood-rich diet, this sauce is highly versatile and can go with so many different varieties of dishes. Continue reading to learn the easy recipe for fish sauce. We’ll be using anchovies that you can easily order online from Licious. 

What is Anchovy Fish Sauce? Origin and Interesting Facts

Anchovy fish sauce is one of the most popular and unique fish sauces in the world. The origin of the sauce is unclear since there are too many variations of the sauce. Some believe that it originated in France, while some think it originated in the UK. 

However, in South Asia, this fish sauce is typically made using anchovies, salt, and water, giving it the signature fishy, intense, and salty taste that people love. The South Asian version—particularly the Vietnamese version—of the anchovy fish sauce is also runnier in consistency compared to other versions. 

In this recipe, we’re going to share with you the French-inspired version of their famed anchovy sauce called anchoïade, which uses white wine vinegar. In this recipe, we’ll swap it for red wine vinegar. 

Order Cleaned and Gutted Anchovies Online from Licious

To make a jar of umami and creamy classic sauce for fish, the first ingredient you’d need is anchovies. Anchovies in general, have a deep umami flavour and are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and enriching vitamins. 

Order our expertly cleaned and gutted anchovies, scaled and washed in RO water. They’re fresh and moist. Our anchovies are sourced from approved local fishing boats. They are caught daily and temperature controlled between 0-4℃ at every stage to retain freshness.

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The Anchovy Sauce Recipe
This classic fish sauce is a lengthy process because you will need to ferment the anchovies for up to 6 months. However, the taste is worth the wait.
  1. Take 250 gms Anchovies and combine them with 100gm salt
  2. Mix well
  3. Store it in a cool place with no sunlight
  4. Ferment it for 6 months
  5. Take a blender or food grinder and combine the anchovies, garlic, thyme, dijon mustard, pepper, and red wine vinegar; blend or grind into a smooth paste.
  6. Drizzle some olive oil into the mixture while blending. Use as much as you need to get the desired consistency.
  7. Blend till the paste is smooth and partly shiny.
  8. Pour the paste into a bowl
  9. Enjoy alongside your favourite fish fry or seafood.
Recipe Notes

Tips and Tricks to get the perfect sauce!

  1. The sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for over a week.
  2. Do not add extra salt to the sauce as the anchovies are already salty.

Serving Suggestions

It can be served with fish fingers. You can use it as a salad dressing as well. Drizzle it into any of your favourite recipes for enhanced taste.

If this fish sauce recipe got your taste buds stimulated, then you should try this sauce at home with your favourite fish fry recipe. Do not forget to share your version of the recipe with us on Instagram. Use the #MadeWithLicious to get our attention!

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