Trader Joe’s Fish Sauce, Red Boat

This red boat fish sauce is the gold standard of fish sauces with just two ingredients, anchovy and sea salt. I love using it to add a slight umami flavor to sauces and stews and just about anything else. I’ve occasionally even used it as a dipping sauce. Trader Joe’s has carried red boat fish sauce on and off over the last several years. The great thing is they sell it in one of the smaller bottles of fish sauce you can find, at under 9 ounces total. I would call the store to see if Trader Joe’s has the red boat fish sauce in stock. I’m curious to know how everyone uses this Trader Joe’s fish sauce and what their favorite recipes are that incorporate this. Is it too strong to use as a dipping sauce for most people?.…….

  • Product of Vietnam
  • Adds great umami flavor
  • Net Weight: 8.45 oz
  • Can be hard to find

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Trader Joe’s Red Boat Fish Sauce

Because Red boat fish sauce has a salty and seafood umami flavor, I feel like the recipes that this can be used in our endless. I’ve never cooked a lot of Asian food but I’d love to know if anyone out there has some great ideas for this! I know many people swear by fish sauce as an ingredient that a lot of people don’t realize adds a great flavor that can be found in restaurant quality food. The fish smell is pretty powerful out of the bottle but it really does seem to blend in and not overpower whatever I put it on. Now I wouldn’t go dumping this on things in big quantities, but I’d say it acts like a fairly standard sauce most of the time in terms of adding and lingering in foods. If you can’t make it to TJs in person, check these other options out….

Red Boat Fish Sauce, 17 fl oz

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6 thoughts on “Trader Joe’s Fish Sauce, Red Boat

  1. I absolutely love this fish sauce! I used to buy my fish sauce from Whole Foods, but I found this one to be better. It’s cheaper too! I like putting it in my burger patties to make Umami Burgers. I recommend it to anyone who buys this stuff

  2. I purchased this sauce this weekend and used it to make Lemongrass chicken. The ingredients called for it. 2 tablespoons. However, I was so taken aback by the smell and when the sauce hit the heat of the pan the unpleasant smell was amplified.
    The odor did dissipate and did not leave a taste on the food. The chicken was great.
    I have never used fish sauce before. Is this normal or was the bottle I got just off?

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