Shelf Life of
Fish Sauce

How Long Does Fish Sauce Last?

Does fish sauce go badHow long does fish sauce Last? Or, since most fish sauce arrives smelling basically like dead fish, you may ask does fish sauce go bad? The shelf life of fish sauce depends largely on how the fish sauce was made and how it was stored. Fish sauce is a very pungent liquid made from fermented fish, usually anchovies, and salt. First grade fish sauce is fermented for at least a year before arriving in stores.

So, the answer to does fish sauce go bad is… eventually. When properly stored, the shelf life of fish sauce past its best before date is approximately …

(Unopened/Opened) Pantry
Fish Sauce lasts for 1-2 Years



Like a lot of other condiments, it usually has a best before date and not a use by date or expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use fish sauce for your flavoring needs after the best before date has lapsed up until the eat by date listed above. If there is no best before date on your bottle, it will last 2-3 years from purchase.

How to tell if fish sauce is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Good fish sauce has a clear, reddish brown color without sediment. Fish sauce may experience changes in color and flavor as it ages, but it will not be harmful to consume unless an odor or a mold develops, then it must be discarded.
Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness.
If your fish sauce has gone bad, check our fish sauce substitute page for alternatives.

How to store fish sauce to extend its shelf life?

The best way to store fish sauce is in its original air tight container in a cool dark place like the pantry. A constant temperature is also best, away from the stove or dishwasher.
Fish sauce should not be kept in the fridge as the salt will crystallize.
Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food.

How long is fish sauce good for when prepared in a dish?

That depends. How long does rice last? In general, this sauce will be one of the longest lasting ingredients in any dish, soaking into the other ingredients. Even so, it can only last as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the dish. To find out how long other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or search below!

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What are our shelf life resources?

Our content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and shelf life.

*An important note about expiration dates …

Although the fish sauce shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion and used as a guideline. Please eat responsibly!