In need of a vegan alternative to fish sauce? You can make your own using dried shiitake mushrooms.

[Ed. note: Learn more about this America's Test Kitchen recipe and general uses for fish sauce, oyster sauce in America's Test Kitchen explores three classic Asian sauces.]


  • 1/4 ounce mushrooms

  • 3 cups of water

  • 3 tablespoons salt

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce.


Combine mushrooms with water, salt, and soy sauce. Simmer over medium heat until reduced by half. Strain, cool, and refrigerate the sauce for up to 3 weeks.

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