Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Three Crabs Fish Sauce

Three Crabs Fish Sauce
Thanks to my friend Lydia for introducing me to this premium brand of fish sauce! 

I'm not an expert on Asian ingredients, so years ago when I ran across a post touting Three Crabs Fish Sauce on a blog called The Perfect Pantry, I was more than happy to listen to Lydia's fish sauce recommendations.  Shortly after that my step-sister Karyn asked me what I wanted from San Francisco and I requested a bottle of Three Crabs Fish Sauce.  Then I discovered I could buy it at several Asian markets in Salt Lake,  and now it's the only brand of fish sauce I buy.  The fun side note to this fish sauce success story is that I also became good friends with Lydia from The Perfect Pantry and now we e-mail often to discuss all things blogging.

For those who aren't familiar with fish sauce, it's an ingredient used in Thai and Vietnamese cooking to add a salty flavor to the food.  The smell is a little intense, but a small amount of this in a sauce or salad dressing really transforms the flavor to something memorable.  I've been a fish sauce fan ever since I first tried Thai food years ago, but since I discovered this brand I've been using fish sauce a lot more often.  Here are a few of my favorite recipes using it.

Thai-Style Spice Cabbage Slaw with Mint and Cilantro

Thai-Inspired Turkey Meatball Lettuce Wraps

Spicy Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini Salad with Thai Flavors

Wake Up Your Mouth Thai Cucumber Salad

Quick Sriracha Beef Lettuce Wraps

(For other people who love fish sauce like I do, you can find lots more recipes where I've used it by entering "fish sauce" into the search bar located in the upper right.) 

More Ideas with Fish Sauce from Other Blogs:
(Recipe from other blogs may not be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Vietnamese Fish Sauce Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Cham) from White on Rice Couple
Thai Beef Salad from The Perfect Pantry
Brussels Sprouts with Cracklings and Fish Sauce from Viet World Kitchen
Vietnamese Ginger Fish Sauce (Nuoc Mam Gung) from Wandering Chopsticks
Thai-Style Omelet (Kai Jeow) from The Kitchen

Blogger Disclosure:
I purchased the fish sauce in the photo myself and the company has no idea that I'm writing about their product.  All items featured as Kalyn's Kitchen Picks are things I will happily buy over and over, and because I want readers to know that my opinions are completely unbiased, I no longer accept sample products of any kind.  You can see the complete list of products I've chosen to talk about under the tab Kalyn's Picks below the blog header.
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  1. I'm still a huge fan of Three Crabs, and it's the only fish sauce I keep in my pantry. So glad you have selected it as a Kitchen Pick, and that you discovered it (and we discovered each other) on my blog all those years ago.

  2. The proprietor at our local Asian recommended Three Crabs as the best fish sauce you can get here in the states. I'm happy to say I have a bottle sitting in my fridge right now! We love it.

  3. Amber, I think it's so much better than the usual brands you get at the grocery store. Worth a trip to the Asian market!

  4. We always kept a bottle of Three Crabs in our house. It's the best.

  5. Nate, that is a great recommendation coming from you!

  6. I always stock up on everything when I go to the Asian Supermarket. Especially sauces!

  7. Stephanie, I love shopping there; so many fun things to try!

  8. I used to use Three Crabs a lot, but switched to Golden Boy a number of years ago based on Kasma Loha-unchit's recommendation. It's harder to find, but utterly delicious. http://www.thaifoodandtravel.com/features/fishsauce1a.html

  9. My Asian market proprietress also recommended Three Crab. We have a 20-minute Pho recipe (Cooks Illustracted, one of the Best of volumes) (Vietnamese Noodle Soup) in which we'd always used the grocery brand (Tiparos or Thai Kitchen). We made it with Three Crab and just exclaimed to each other what a great taste it gave the already good recipe! marcia in colorado

  10. Biggie, have not seen that brand but I will keep an eye out for it!

    Maria, that is my experience as well! The flavor is just so much better.

  11. After trying 3 or 4 brands I agree Three Crabs is by far the best!! One tip I have heard also is not to store your fish sauce in the fridge- it gets cloudy- but rather in a dark cool place.

  12. Jenna, I do keep mine in the fridge and it seems fine, but I use it up pretty quickly!

  13. Three Crabs tastes better than the other Thai-made fish sauces available on the market because of two things. Firstly, they use more sugar than other products. Secondly, they add hydrolyzed wheat protein, which increases the umami in the sauce. Remember to check the ingredients.

    The brand to get is Red Boat. It is a first pressing of only anchovies and salt.

  14. Dan I'm not a fish sauce purist, but will check that one out.

  15. Hi: I would like to know what the ingredients are in the "Crab's Fish Sauce. Could you please list them for me. I have certian ingredients that I cannnot use for health reasons. Thank you for your help, Sincerely,

  16. Cathi, I'm on a trip right now but I bet you can find that by googling it.


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