Fish sauce

Aekjeot 액젓

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Good fish sauce is savory, salty, a little sweet, and full of umami. It’s an essential ingredient for many Korean dishes and a substitute for soup soy sauce in many of my recipes.

If you watch my videos you’ll see that I always use 3 Crabs brand fish sauce. It’s not made in Korea, but it is sold in Korean grocery stores because it’s very popular among Korean immigrants. My mom was the one who first suggested it to me and it’s the one I like the best.

You can use any brand of fish sauce, as long as it’s clear and brownish and tastes good.

3 crabs fish sauce

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Recipes that use fish sauce (aekjeot):

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38 Comments:

  1. Jy joined 6/15 & has 1 comment

    Dear Maangchi,

    Do you think this brand of Fish Sauce might be good: http://www.amazon.com/Anchovy-Fish-Sauce-Chung-jung-one-500g/dp/B00TCOAXQQ

    Thanks so much for spreading so much joy through your videos! :-)

    warmest regards,
    Jy

    • Emelius Busan, South Korea joined 4/17 & has 1 comment

      Is this an ingredient common in Korea? Im having trouble finding it here.. They usually sell about 15 different kinds of soy sauce and one kind of vinegar, but no fish sauce :(

  2. MeeAe Colorado joined 2/13 & has 11 comments

    I just wanted to post this for those of us who can’t eat gluten. Three crabs fish sauce has wheat in it, there are others that don’t. While I can no longer use 3 crabs, I use fish sauce that only contains fish and salt. Check your ingredients, if you are a celiac like me. Tiparos, red boat are good.

  3. Laleh7171 Iran joined 2/12 & has 2 comments

    Hi i can’t find fish souce in Iran , can i make it myself ? I love kimchi

  4. Linkelbell Simgapore joined 11/10 & has 5 comments

    HI maangchi I try to make the kimchi from your recipe but i can’t find the 3 crab fish sauce in singapore, so i use the thai fish sauce but the fish sauce smell was too strong. can i check with you can i use the anchovies sauce or eel fish sauce?

  5. luchin91 Quito, Ecuador joined 10/10 & has 1 comment

    I’ve got a question!.

    How salty is fish sauce?. As salty as soy sauce? or is fish sauce more salty or less salty than soy sauce?. I want to make kimchi, but I think I won’t be using fish sauce. I’ve seen some people have used soy sauce with kimchi, but I want to make sure on the quantity I’ll be using.

  6. lucette joined 8/10 & has 1 comment

    Hi maangchi! Is fish sauce the same as “salted anchovy sauce”, or is that a specialized kind?

  7. Laura& has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi! I finally decided to go out and buy some ingredients to cook some of your recipes!

    But I have a question about the fish sauce! Will the soft tofu stew taste different if I don’t add the fish sauce ?

  8. rv65& has 47 comments

    Tra Chang is another good brand of fish sauce.

  9. Jina& has 2 comments

    hmmm… i happen to have a bottle of “까나리 액젓” from years ago that is still unopened, because i didn’t brave it’s use. i got it at a korean market. can you find the three crab brand at a korean market? i suppose it depends on the area…

  10. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,259 comments

    chris,
    yayee! yeah, it’s a little expensive, but delicious. My mother is using the brand name, too.

  11. chris& has 2,257 comments

    i’m posting this to say that the three crabs brand you are showing here has really taken my dishes to another level. sooo much better than thai squid oder tiparos brands!
    thanks for the recommendation, i’m glad i paid the extra money for it.

  12. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,259 comments

    Anonymous,
    sure, you can use it, too,

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