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Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks: Red Boat Fish Sauce

I’m a long-time fan of Red Boat Fish Sauce, and here’s a great collection of Low-Carb Recipes Using Fish Sauce! And adding Fish Sauce can add that extra something to Asian dishes, but see my suggestions for vegetarian or low-sodium options if you prefer. 

Pin Recipes Using Fish Sauce to try some later!

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Years ago I started hearing a lot of talk about Red Boat Fish Sauce, and when I saw it in a market in Salt Lake, I had to try it. Some of the buzz surrounding Red Boat Fish Sauce comes from the fact that it contains only fresh caught wild black anchovies and sea salt, making it Paleo and Whole 30 approved, and of course it also has zero carbs.

But if you like the umami-laden flavor of fish sauce, for me the main reason to spend more for this brand is for the taste, which is amazingly smooth and has just the right combination of fishy-salty flavor notes. Fish sauce is not something you use in huge amounts, so for me it’s worth the money for a fish sauce that tastes this good. And this shout-out has my favorite low-carb recipes that use fish sauce, hope you enjoy trying some!

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Red Boat Fish Sauce (and Ten Favorite Recipes Using Fish Sauce) found on KalynsKitchen.com

Where Can You Buy Red Boat Fish Sauce?

Most natural foods stores will probably carry Red Boat Fish Sauce but you can also get Red Boat Fish Sauce (affiliate link) online if you can’t find it where you live.

What Can You Use for Vegetarian or Lower-Sodium Fish Sauce?

If you’re vegan or vegetarian and don’t want to use fish sauce, Vegetarian Fish Sauce (affiliate link) is available online or at many Asian markets, and many of the vegetarian fish sauce products are much lower in sodium than regular fish sauce. You can also make your own vegan fish sauce. And in most of these recipes you can also just replace the fish sauce with more soy sauce and the flavor will still be tasty, although not quite as authentic as it would be if you used fish sauce. 

Favorite Low-Carb Recipes Using Fish Sauce:

Shrimp and Cucumber Noodle Salad with Thai Flavors title photo
Shrimp and Cucumber Noodle Salad with Thai Flavors is refreshing and delicious!

Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps title photo
Low-Carb Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps are so delicious and easy to make, and this makes a lot so you might have enough for another meal!

Low-Carb Caesar Salad with Kale, Romaine, and Shaved Parmesan title photo
In this tasty Low-Carb Caesar Salad with Kale, Romaine, and Shaved Parmesan you can use fish sauce to replace the anchovies that are traditional in Caesar Salad dressing!

Low-Carb Sriracha Beef Lettuce Wraps title photo
Low-Carb Sriracha Beef Lettuce Wraps are something I’ve made over and over for a quick low-carb dinner option.

Thai-Inspired Ground Turkey Stir-Fry finished dish on serving plate
Thai-Inspired Ground Turkey Stir-Fry is a stir-fry recipe that’s been super popular on the blog!

Thai-Style Spicy Cabbage Slaw with Mint and Cilantro finished salad in serving bowl.
Thai-Style Spicy Cabbage Slaw with Mint and Cilantro is an interesting slaw variation that’s loaded with Thai flavors.

Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowl title photo
Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowl is another favorite recipe, inspired by Low-Carb Sriracha Beef Lettuce Wraps!

Thai-Inspired Ground Turkey Larb Salad finished salad on plate
Thai-Inspired Turkey Larb Salad is one of my long-time favorite dishes that use fish sauce.

Vietnamese Cabbage Salad with Chicken and Cilantro title photo
I love cabbage and this Vietnamese Cabbage Salad with Chicken and Cilantro is something I’d make any time of year!

More Low-Carb Recipes with Fish Sauce:

Cucumber Ribbon Salad with Thai Dressing
Asian Lettuce Cups (or wraps) with Spicy Ground Turkey Filling
Wake-Up-Your-Mouth Thai Cucumber Salad
Sriracha-Spiced Stir-Fried Tofu with Eggplant, Red Bell Pepper, and Thai Basil
Easy Thai-Flavored Raw Broccoli Salad with Mint and Peanuts
Spicy Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini Salad with Thai Flavors

About Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks

I purchased Red Boat Fish Sauce myself and this company has no idea that I’m writing about their product. All items featured as Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks are things I happily buy over and over, and because I want readers to know that my opinions are completely unbiased, I don’t accept review products from the many companies who offer to send them to me. You can see the complete list of products I’ve chosen at Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks.

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    8 Comments on “Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks: Red Boat Fish Sauce”

  1. Shirley, you're welcome, and I bet you will love it.

  2. Kalyn, I was just given some of this sauce by Danielle Walker (Against All Grain) when she sent me her new cookbook to review. Now I have some more great recipes to sample it in! Thanks. 🙂


  3. Katie, hope you enjoy; I think it's really quite wonderful.

  4. I love fish sauce when a recipe needs a little somethin-somethin. It really just makes everything a lot more interesting and as you put it umami. I haven't tried Red Boat, so now I'll have to give it a whirl!

  5. Lydia, I really think you will like it!

  6. Now I really have to try this, as I'm a confirmed Three Crabs user. I've been reading lots about it, too, and will see if my local Asian markets carry it.

  7. Thanks Sam; I think you will really enjoy the Red Boat. It is just so tasty.

  8. A bottle of fish sauce is always on my shelf and we use it but not as often as we should. Great round-up of dishes and you've given me some good ideas on how to use fish sauce more often. I will keep my eye out for Red Boat brand.