Sweet, tart and salty. What a fantastic combination of flavours that work so well together. Intertwined to entertain, this Fish Sauce Lime Vinaigrette is a delicious Asian inspired recipe.
If you have never had a whiff of pure fish sauce, your first impression will no doubt be “funky”! This concentrated liquid is incredibly pungent but its flavours certainly warrants its wide usage. This umami liquid is salty, briny and sweet and it is used in many traditional Southeast Asian dishes that you are familiar with such as Pad Thai, larb and green papaya salad.
Fish sauce is made by fermenting fish in large barrels, usually ones of high oil content such as anchovies and mackerel. This is done by adding a lot of salt to the fish and allowing it to do its work over time, with a minimum of 2 years for a good condiment. This fermentation process allows the natural bacteria to break down the fish which then produces a brown to black liquid.
Due to how pungent fish sauce is, it is best to always be cautious about how much you need. It has no qualms about taking over the flavours of your dish so I wouldn’t be too liberal with it. Less is more in this instance.
Fish Sauce Lime Vinaigrette Ingredients
Lime: The lime juices will penetrate the pungent fish sauce to create some balance in the recipe.
Avocado oil: As the fish sauce is so strong, using a bland vegetable oil such as avocado oil will allow the fish sauce to shine. I use Chosen Foods 100% Pure Avocado Oil everyday as my cooking oil and it’s brilliant.
Brown sugar: Adding some caramel and coffee-like undertones to the dressing. The brown sugar will also add to the overall sweetness of the salad.
Hot water: To dissolve the sugar and to then add to the rest of the ingredients.
Fish Sauce Lime Vinaigrette Method
In a small bowl, dissolve brown sugar with hot water.
Then add fish sauce, lime juice and avocado oil. Mix until well combined.
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Fish Sauce Lime Vinaigrette
- In a small bowl, dissolve brown sugar with hot water.
- Then add fish sauce, lime juice and avocado oil. Mix until well combined.
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