10 Minute Low Sodium Fish Sauce Recipe

Chef Dan Catanio , On June 23, 2023

This low sodium fish sauce can be turned into a dip if thickened with flour or potato starch.

Low Sodium Fish Sauce Recipe Overview

In this step-by-step guide, I will walk you through the process of making a delightful low sodium fish sauce recipe in just 10 minutes. This velvety smooth seafood sauce is perfect as sauce for enhancing the flavors of crustaceans, or other types of fish. If not as a dipping sauce* for pan seared shrimp you can use this sauce over a grilled salmon loin for a perfect low sodium meal.

This low sodium fish sauce is great to fight hypertension, to not spike blood pressure and for cardiovascular health.

Low Sodium Fish Sauce Recipe Video

Low Sodium Fish Sauce Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 Medium shallot

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 Capful of white vinegar

  • 1/4 Cup of white wine

  • 1 Teaspoon of no salt added seasoning mix

  • 1 Teaspoon of lemon juice

  • 1/2 Bottle of clam juice

  • 1/2 Cup of fish stock

  • 1/2 Cup of heavy cream (optional)

Low Sodium Fish Sauce For Seafood Step-By-Step Instruction

  1. Prepare the shallot by peeling the shallot and cutting off the edges. Then cut the shallot in half and dice it into smaller pieces.

  2. Turn on the burner and heat a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil in a saucepan.

  3. Sauté the shallot by adding the diced shallot to saucepan with the heated olive oil and cook the shallot until it becomes translucent and fragrant.

  4. Add flavor enhancers by sprinkling a capful of white vinegar into the sauce pan.

  5. Pour in the white wine, about 1/4 cup.

  6. Stir in 1 teaspoon of no salt added seasoning mix.

  7. Squeeze in 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.

  8. Allow the mixture to reduce slightly over medium heat and after reducing, add half a bottle of clam juice to the saucepan.

  9. Pour in about 1/2 cup of fish stock.

  10. Stir the sauce and let it simmer for approximately 8-10 minutes. This will allow the flavors to meld and the sauce to thicken slightly.

  11. To create a creamy consistency, in a separate bowl, mix a small amount of water with a starch of your choice (clam juice or fish stock).

  12. Gradually pour the starch mixture into the simmering sauce while whisking continuously.

  13. Continue whisking until the sauce reaches a creamy, pouring consistency.

  14. Turn down the heat to low and pour in about 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Stir the sauce gently to incorporate the cream.

  15. Once the sauce is done, strain it to remove any remaining shallot or lumps and then pour the velvety smooth fish sauce over your favorite seafood dishes.**

This low sodium seafood sauce can be used a dip with crustaceans like grilled prawns or it can be glazed over baked salmon for a delicious low sodium meal.

Low Sodium Fish Sauce Recipe Notes

*To be used as a dipping sauce this low sodium fish sauce needs to be thickened using a starch like arrowroot, all purpose flour, or potato starch. Use potato starch to make this low sodium fish sauce gluten free. When you see the sauce is liquid simply sprinkle in some starch and whisk until the starch is mixed in well. Continue until the desired thickness is reached.

**Before serving this low sodium seafood sauce taste it and adjust the seasonings according to your preference. Add some lemon juice if needed – since lemon goes great on seafood.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully prepared a delicious low sodium fish sauce recipe in just 10 minutes. This versatile sauce will elevate the flavors of your seafood dishes such as fish and chips, adding a touch of elegance to your meals. Enjoy!

Chef Dan Catanio

A Culinary Institute of America graduate from the 1990s, Chef Dan began his career as a saucier at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan under the Hilton Corporation. Over the years, he has held key positions such as Corporate Executive Chef Director at 5-star restaurants, country clubs, and Indian Casino Resorts.