Fishball Sauce Recipe - Foxy Folksy (2024)

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This sweet and spicy Fishball Sauce recipe is a one-for-all sauce for your favorite Filipino street food like fish balls, squid balls, kikiam, and kwek kwek.

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  • What is fishball sauce?
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  • Fishball Sauce Recipe
  • Ingredients
  • Cooking Tips
  • How to use and store

What is fishball sauce?

Fishball sauce is the one used by Filipino street food vendors as a one-for-all dipping sauce. It is used for fishball, chicken balls, squidball, kikiam,kwek kwek,tokneneng, dynamite or whatever new invention they come up with.

This is my version of Manong's sauce which is a term we also use to refer to this dip, while we normally call the seller, Manong, a term of address for an eldery man or older brother as a sign of respect.

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Fishball Sauce Recipe

4.97 from 51 votes

This sweet and spicy Fishball Sauce recipe is a one-for-all sauce for your favorite Filipino street food like fishballs, squidballs, kikiam, and kwek kwek.

Prep Time: 3 minutes mins

Cook Time: 5 minutes mins

Total Time: 8 minutes mins

Course :Snack

Servings =12 servings

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • ยฝ teaspoon salt
  • โ…› teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 small red chili (labuyo) - chopped

Instructions

  • In a saucepan, combine all ingredients, except the red chili, and mix until flour and sugar are dissolved.

  • Bring it to a simmer over medium heat while stirringcontinuously. Add the chopped red chili and stir until the sauce thickens. Usually takes about 3-5 minutes.

  • Transfer to a bowl or a jar and let it cool down a bit before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 13kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 0gFat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 279mgPotassium: 3mgFiber: 0gSugar: 1gVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 0.1mg

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This is the sauce I used for Kwek Kwek on my last post and Ithought Iwould write about it separately since it is very versatile and not limited to Kwek Kwek only.

I titled it Fishball Sauce because I do not know what else to call it all. Sweet brown sauce? Too generic. And since it is originally used for fishballs by the street foodvendors (when there were only fishballs and no other choices yet), so people know it only as of the sauce for fishballs.

Ingredients

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It is fairly easy to make and only needs 8 basic ingredients:

  • water
  • flour
  • sugar
  • soy sauce
  • garlic
  • red chili
  • ground pepper, and salt.

You can even skip the chili if you are not into spicy but Armin and I definitely are, the hotter the better.

Cooking Tips

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  • To prevent the flour from clumping together, mix it with the other dry ingredients first then gradually add the water while mixing.
  • Do not use hot water, also, to prevent the flour from clumping. Just use tap water.
  • Stir constantly once it starts to warm up so it will not form lumps at the bottom of the saucepan and to prevent it from burning.
  • remember that the sauce will continue to thicken even after cooking while it is cooling down, so turn the heat off once it is thick but still fluid.
  • You can also set aside half without the chili and then add it to the other half and continue to simmer over low heat for some seconds to a minute. This was you have two options, the sweet and sweet-spicy.

How to use and store

Enjoy this sauce as the perfect dip for these all-time Filipino street food:

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TO STORE:

This sauce is best used on the same day but it is made but it can also be made ahead. It will stay good in the fridge for some days. It is normal for the sauce to form into a jelly once refrigerated. Just reheat in the microwave or stove-top until warm, if needed add a bit of water.

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  1. Mary Joy L.Gubalane says

    Fishball Sauce Recipe - Foxy Folksy (22)
    Thank you po,hope may matutunan aq sa mga recipe ninyo

    Reply

  2. Cherry says

    Fishball Sauce Recipe - Foxy Folksy (23)
    Do you have the recipe for the other sauce as well? I can't wait to try them both. Thank you

    Reply

  3. Miles Amante says

    Fishball Sauce Recipe - Foxy Folksy (24)
    Very usefull and helpful recipes for me as a begginer to cook a tasty, delicious and a good recipe ideas to start for a business.
    Thank you for sharing your ads

    Reply

  4. Joy says

    Fishball Sauce Recipe - Foxy Folksy (25)
    My go to sauce. ๐Ÿฅฐ kids loved it! Thanks always!

    Reply

  5. Rona Alba says

    Fishball Sauce Recipe - Foxy Folksy (26)
    Hi Cabalen! Dacal a salamat keng recipe mu! It was so delicious and easy to make. I truly enjoyed it and reminded me of the fish ball vendor's sauce back home. Kudos for an excellent recipe!
    Ingat and God Bless!

    Reply

    • Bebs says

      Dacal a salamat mu rin Cabalen!

      Reply

  6. Paulo Santos Fajardo says

    Fishball Sauce Recipe - Foxy Folksy (27)
    This is actually kind of an instant sauce. I don't make this on a pan. I make this in a mug using boiled hot water. Just mix the ingredients thoroughly. It's like an instant coffee but a sauce! Love this simple recipe!

    Reply

  7. Spoiler says

    This is the best manong sauce replica I've ever made. Highly recommended.

    Reply

  8. Joyas says

    Fishball Sauce Recipe - Foxy Folksy (28)
    First Time to Make One ๐Ÿ™‚
    I'm no cook, haha. But my hubby bought "kikiam". Suddenly, I thought of making a sauce. Since I had no idea on how to do so, I turned to none other than Mr Google and found this recipe. I'm a bit innovative, so I added about 5 tablespoon vinergar, but had it simmered first before adding the pre-mixed ingredients. The amount of vinegar and sugar would actually depend on one's preference. I used chili flakes instead. Thanks for this!

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  9. Ange says

    Fishball Sauce Recipe - Foxy Folksy (29)
    I added half onion to the recipe. Itโ€™s amazing, thank you for sharing

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  10. Vhanz says

    Fishball Sauce Recipe - Foxy Folksy (30)
    I do suggest to add vinegar just a little bit๐Ÿ˜Š

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  11. ANA says

    Fishball Sauce Recipe - Foxy Folksy (31)
    NASARAPAN MO MGA COSTUMER NAMIN

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  12. Analisa Robles says

    Fishball Sauce Recipe - Foxy Folksy (32)
    Got it perfect! Sarap!

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    • Bebs says

      Thanks for the perfect review, Analisa! Glad you like it.

      Reply

  13. luz says

    Fishball Sauce Recipe - Foxy Folksy (33)
    thank you for this recipe. it's delicious.

    Reply

  14. Chi says

    Fishball Sauce Recipe - Foxy Folksy (34)
    living abroad, it's been surely more than 15 years since i last ate streetfood fishballs. I truly appreciate this recipe so thanks for sharing. That being said, i find that adding some vinegar and onion made it closer to how i remembered it (maybe coz the sweet and vinegar sauces which were usually separated by the vendors got somehow mixed thanks to those double dippers haha)

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    • Jaqs says

      Hi. Is it ok to use cornstarch than flour?

      Reply

  15. Kevn says

    Fishball Sauce Recipe - Foxy Folksy (35)
    Tamang-tama yung timpla. Exactly like the fish ball sauce you taste on street-side food carts. ๐Ÿ˜‹

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    • Bebs says

      So happy that you like it Kevin!

      Reply

  16. Mhonna says

    Fishball Sauce Recipe - Foxy Folksy (36)
    Love it...i finally foynd the perfect partner for my fishball

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    • Bebs says

      That is great, Mhonna! Thanks for the perfect score ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Reply

  17. Sofia says

    it was bad

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    • Bebs says

      Hi Sofia, not according to all the other comments we've got so far so I am sorry that it is not to your liking, hope you find what you are looking for though.

      Reply

    • Mhonna says

      Fishball Sauce Recipe - Foxy Folksy (37)
      Love it...

      Reply

  18. Ratbu Petmalu says

    Fishball Sauce Recipe - Foxy Folksy (38)
    Good. Thanks.

    Reply

  19. Cha says

    Fishball Sauce Recipe - Foxy Folksy (39)
    Tried and loved the recipe ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

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    • Bebs says

      That is great, Cha.

      Reply

  20. kriz says

    Fishball Sauce Recipe - Foxy Folksy (40)
    it's too salty and i already cut the salt in half. i added a little bit of water and still salty. it's very good but i think next time i will not add salt. i will still recommend it.

  21. Katy says

    Can I use white sugar instead of brown sugar?

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    • Bebs says

      Sure, but use a little lesser as it is normally sweeter than brown sugar.

      Reply

  22. benjo del rosario says

    Fishball Sauce Recipe - Foxy Folksy (41)
    Perfect for my Quikiam. My friends love it.

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    • Bebs says

      That is great!

      Reply

  23. Andrew says

    Fishball Sauce Recipe - Foxy Folksy (42)
    I remember my childhood memories with your recipe. Very tasty!

    Reply

    • Bebs says

      That is nice, Andrew!

      Reply

  24. JRL says

    It was too salty for me and my family. I'll still use this recipe though. But next time, I'll skip the salt. ๐Ÿ˜… Thank you!

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    • NikkiDTosh says

      too salty indeed. I just tried now. 1 tsp is too much for this ratio

      Reply

      • Bebs says

        It says 1/2 teaspoon.

        Reply

  25. Sabby says

    Fishball Sauce Recipe - Foxy Folksy (43)
    Thanks! Tried without chilli and it was perfect for the kids!

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    • Bebs says

      Glad you and the kids like it, Sabby.

      Reply

      • Letisha says

        Fishball Sauce Recipe - Foxy Folksy (44)
        I started my street food business and I used this recipe . My customers enjoyed my sauce ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜… Thanks for this yummy recipe.

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  26. Madel Lim says

    Thank you sooo much! We ended up making 2 batches - 1 for the kids and 1 spicy for adults. Perfect for air-fried balls hahaha ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Armin says

      You`re welcome...glad you guys like it ๐Ÿค—

      Reply

  27. Pat says

    For me, it's salty. So I added more water and sugar.

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  28. bella says

    thank you..

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    • Bebs says

      you are wellcome..

      Reply

  29. Mella says

    Hi. Just wanted to ask if cream flour is right for this sauce? Thanks

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    • Bebs says

      Hi Mella, what do you mean by cream flour?

      Reply

    • mark says

      hi, just want to ask how long will this sauce last in the fridge?

      Reply

      • Bebs says

        It should be ok for a couple of days. It will not spoil so fast but the texture that will not stay the same for too long. But you can reheat it and adjust. Add water if it gets too thick or cornstarch if it is too thin.

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  30. Liane says

    Hi! Thank you for sharing your recipe! It was fairly easy to make and tasted even better than the one I bought a few days ago. Thanks again! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Bebs says

      happy to hear it, Liane.

      Reply

  31. Lenie says

    Fishball Sauce Recipe - Foxy Folksy (45)
    Hi Bebs..my famiy loved your fishball sauce recipe.I just added an extra chilli according to our pteference..thanks. ๐Ÿ˜„

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  32. Lenie says

    Fishball Sauce Recipe - Foxy Folksy (46)
    Thanks Bebs..๐Ÿ˜€ my family loved your sauce recipe. I added an extra chilli to their liking..

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    • Bebs says

      Oh yes, chili is always welcome! Thanks, Lenie.

      Reply

    • Algelyn I says

      Good for business ๐Ÿ˜
      Thank you, I'll try

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      • Armin says

        ๐Ÿ‘

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  33. Romeo says

    Fishball Sauce Recipe - Foxy Folksy (47)
    Hi! I have to say it's a perfect match! Already tried it 3 times but I suggest that we'd add 1/2 more cup of water because it came out too thick. Thanks, though!

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    • Bebs says

      Thanks, Romeo! Of course, you can always adjust to your liking..

      Reply

  34. Macy says

    Fishball Sauce Recipe - Foxy Folksy (48)
    I wouldnt recommend using flour. Try using cornstarch instead just like how street vendors do

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    • Bebs says

      Hi Macy, I have to disagree with you. You know that the sauce is made with flour if it is opaque/cloudy and not translucent like if you use cornstarch. The ones used by street vendors are not transparent. Another problem with using cornstarch is that it becomes runny after a while. But if you insist on using cornstarch for this recipe, note that you have to add the cornstarch towards the end of cooking it because overcooking will make it runny instead of thick.

      Reply

  35. Kris says

    Fishball Sauce Recipe - Foxy Folksy (49)
    Hi I tried your recipe and it came out salty. Probably itโ€™s because the soy sauce that Iโ€™ve used? Iโ€™ve used the SilverSwan Soy Sauce, and if Iโ€™ll try it again later, should I reduce the soy sauce to half spoon?

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    • Bebs says

      Hi Kris, or reduce the salt until you get the saltiness to your liking.

      Reply

  36. Laine says

    unfortunately recipe too salty.

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    • Bebs says

      Hi Laine, should not be...but then again saltiness is different from one person to the other...since I only used soy sauce for seasoning maybe you could use a milder one or reduce it.

      Reply

  37. sally de chavez says

    its a good help for my business

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    • Bebs says

      Glad to hear that, Sally.

      Reply

  38. Ever says

    Success! Thank you for this recipe Bebs!

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    • Bebs says

      Glad to hear that Ever...

      Reply

  39. Maria Teresa Chua says

    Hi Bebs,

    I did the fishball recipe from your website and it was a success. Please share also how to make the sauce on the picture (with the kwek-kwek) as another option for fishball sauce.

    Reply

    • Bebs says

      Hi Maria, it is simply a spicy vinegar dip. 1 cup vinegar, 1 small red onion-chopped, 1 red chili-chopped, salt, and pepper.

      Reply

  40. Joey Totanes says

    Fishball Sauce Recipe - Foxy Folksy (50)
    Thanks

    Reply

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