Homemade Squid Fish Sauce

Squid fish sauce

Homemade squid fish sauce is a flavorful condiment that combines the rich umami fish sauce with the delicate essence of fresh squid. This enticing concoction blends the sweetness of sugar, the tanginess of rice vinegar, and the heat of Thai chilies, creating a versatile sauce. The sauce compliments seafood dishes and beyond. 

Mix sauce, water, sugar, and rice vinegar to make squid fish sauce, and infuse the mixture with minced garlic and a splash of lime juice. This sauce delivers heavenly tastes that elevate your culinary creations. It is easy to prepare and customize your flavors. Let’s have a simple recipe for homemade squid fish sauce:


  • 1 cup fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • Two cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 Thai bird chilies, finely chopped (adjust to taste)
  • One small squid, cleaned and finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • One tablespoon chopped cilantro (optional)


  1. Combine fish sauce, water, sugar, and rice vinegar in a saucepan. 
  2. Heat the above mixture over medium heat while stirring until the sugar dissolves. 
  3. Allow the mixture to cool.
  4. Add minced garlic, chopped Thai bird chilies, and squid to the cooled sauce. 
  5. Stir well to combine.
  6. Squeeze in your lime juice and stir again. Adjust the level of spiciness by adding more chilies if desired.
  7. Let the squid fish sauce sit for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together. You can refrigerate it for a few hours or overnight for even better flavor.
  8. Before serving, taste your sauce and make sweetness, acidity, or spiciness adjustments depending on your liking. If you desire, sprinkle chopped cilantro on top before serving.

You can serve this homemade squid fish sauce as a dipping sauce for fried and fried seafood or as a flavor enhancer in various dishes. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for future use.

Nutritional Value For Homemade Squid Fish Sauce

  1. Fish Sauce (1 cup):
  • Calories: 120
  • Protein: 12 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 12 grams
  • Sugars: 0 grams
  • Fat: 0 grams
  • Sodium: 16,000 milligrams (this is a rough estimate; actual sodium content can vary)
  1. Water (1/2 cup)
  • Negligible calories, protein, carbohydrates, and fat
  1. Sugar (1/2 cup):
  • Calories: 400
  • Carbohydrates: 100 grams
  • Sugars: 100 grams
  • Negligible protein and fat
  1. Rice Vinegar (1/4 cup):
  • Calories: 15
  • Carbohydrates: 3 grams
  • Sugars: 0 grams
  • Negligible protein and fat
  1. Garlic (2 cloves, minced):
  • Calories: 10
  • Carbohydrates: 2 grams
  • Sugars: 0 grams
  • Negligible protein and fa
  1. Thai Bird Chilies (1-2 chilies, finely chopped):
  • Calories: 5-10
  • Carbohydrates: 1-2 grams
  • Sugars: 0-1 gram
  • Negligible protein and fat
  1. Squid (1 small, finely chopped):
  • Calories: Approximately 30-40
  • Protein: 6-8 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 1-2 grams
  • Sugars: 0 grams
  • Fat: 0.5-1 gram
  1. Lime Juice (Juice of 1 lime):
  • Calories: 5
  • Carbohydrates: 2 grams
  • Sugars: 0 grams
  • Negligible protein and fat
  • Vitamins C, riboflavin, etc
  1. Cilantro (1 tablespoon, chopped – optional):
  • Calories: 0
  • 6% carbohydrates 
  • 3% protein
  • Iron
  • Vitamin C, B2 and A
  • Negligible fat


Now you have your homemade squid fish sauce. There are many ways you can use the sauce. Use it to dip your favorite seafood or enhance other dishes. It is crucial to note that the above values are approximates and may vary based on specific brands and preparation methods. We recommend consulting your nutritionist if you need precise nutritional information. Check out our next article on homemade Son fish sauce, Viet Huong fish sauce, Tiparos fish sauce, and more.

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