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I made a recipe for fish sauce last week after receiving a care package of fresh herbage from a housing unit in here. They have a program that comes in called Insight Garden. I am always making new creations with the minimal availability of ingredients and alt. cooking methods, i.e., hotpot/micro. I wish I had my kitchen and the beautiful ocean view from my bay window 🙂 Soon? I loved making chicken piccata and fish for my family. I started with chicken, transitioned to fish, loved the capers, and experimented with new flavors. I tried different kinds of butter, wines, fresh herbs, cutting and zesting a lemon. Today, I want to share a little of my passion. Jon graciously shared the recipe he prepares in prison along with a version adapted for us. Take a look!

Delicious Fish Sauce (prison version)

Jon, 42
I made a recipe for fish sauce last week after receiving a care package of fresh herbage from a housing unit in here.


  • 3 tablespoons coconut virgin or olive oil Evoo
  • 1 tablespoon lemon concentrate
  • 2 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1 .6 oz pack Prince of Peace Lemon Ginger Honey Crystals instant beverage - instant crystals sugar substitute
  • 5 leaves Lemon Verbena
  • Pinch of thyme pinch of rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper optional
  • 4-5 yellow peppers/pepperoncini
  • ½ cup red onion chopped
  • 1 roma tomato chopped
  • 5 oz. mackerel or tuna
  • 2 cups white rice


  • Mix all ingredients except fish in a microwave-safe bowl and stir in a splash of water if needed to dissolve lemon. Ginger crystals in the microwave for 2 ½ minutes.
  • Stir and return to the microwave for another 2 ½ minutes.
  • Rinse mackerel in cold water to wash the package oil/water/brine flavor.
  • Add to the bowl and stir.
  • Make one serving of white rice.
  • Serve fish over rice and veggies and generously top with fish sauce. Garnish with lemon leaves.


I like to cook instant rice with sesame oil, ginger, and turmeric for flavor.
Delicious Fish Sauce (street version) 
3 tablespoons coconut oil or Evoo
Juice of 1 lemon w/ zest
2 teaspoon lemon pepper
1 inch fresh ginger minced
1 tablespoon honey 
5 lemon verbena leaves 
Pinch of thyme and rosemary 
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper 
¼ cup pepperoncini sliced or yellow peppers
½ cup chopped tomato
½ cup chopped red onion
16 oz. white fish,tilapia or cod
2 cups basmati rice
Rinse fish, pat dry, and set aside.
Place oil in a skillet and cook peppers (yellow), tomato, and red onion until softened, approx. 2 to 3 min over medium heat. Add ginger, honey, lemon, herbs, and crushed red pepper. Continue cooking for an additional 3 to 5 min. Add fish and cook until white and flaky, 5 to 8 min. Cook rice - with a drizzle of sesame oil, ginger, and turmeric.

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