Sometimes, it’s the simple things in life that really just make things better. Years ago, we lived next door to a gentleman who taught us to finely slice or chop jalapenos and put them in fish sauce. The jalapenos can be pulled out and put on top of food to spice it up. Since they’ve sat in the fish sauce, they mellow out and bring a level of umami to the party they don’t have otherwise. The Fish Sauce itself can also be used sprinkled over rice (or anything else) or added to a recipe that calls for Fish Sauce.

Jalapenos in Fish Sauce, with more ready to go.

Jalapenos in Fish Sauce, with more ready to go.

Part of the beauty of this little sauce is how simple it is. The jalapenos can be replaced for nearly any pepper, from milder Aniheims or Poblanos to spicier Serranos all the way up to Thai Bird Chiles and Ghost Peppers, if you really want to add the spice. I love the flavor and the spice level of jalapenos, so I stick with them.

Sliced JalapenosIngredients

  • 3 – 4 jalapenos, sliced in half, seeds removed, and then thinly sliced. Full rings or chopped jalapenos work as well
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons sesame seeds

Make It!

Combine ingredients in a small mason jar. Adjust the amount of each ingredient to ensure the jalapenos are covered, and there is a generous but not overwhelming portion of sesame seeds in the jar. Shake well. Allow to sit for 20 minutes or so before using. This can also be stored in the fridge and used instead of hot sauce.

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