I know fish sauce can sound like the opposite of appetizing but these Pok Pok Inspired Fish Sauce Wings will forever change your mind.

Pok Pok PDX

If you’ve ever explored the food scene here in Portland, Oregon, you’ve likely heard of Pok Pok.

It’s a Thai/Southeast Asian inspired restaurant by Andy Ricker. You can learn more about Pok Pok here. One of my good friends introduced me to this restaurant and I have been obsessed with their Fish Sauce wings ever since.

Together, we decided to try making our own copy cat recipe. I’m here to share our Pok Pok Inspired Fish Sauce Wings with you today. They require only a few ingredients and pack a punch in flavor. 

Fish sauce wings

While many people shy away from fish sauce, this is the ingredient that makes these wings so special. You cannot get the flavor of these Pok Pok Inspired Fish Sauce Wings without it. 

Paired with lots of garlic and a bit of sugar, the sweet and tangy sauce it creates is near perfection.

Additionally, when served with fresh Thai basil and cilantro, they’re perfect over rice.

I hope you try them and fall in love the same way I did…or you could just come visit Pok Pok in Portland, LA, or one of their other locations!

Fish sauce wings with fresh herbs

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Fish sauce wings with fresh herbs

Pok Pok Inspired Fish Sauce Wings

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  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 90 minutes
  • Yield: 12 wings 1x
  • Category: Wings, Appetizer, Dinner
  • Method: Fried
  • Cuisine: Thai, Southeast Asian
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 1 dozen chicken wings
  • 1 cup of fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • 6 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  1. In a large bowl, mix fish sauce, sugar, and 3 cloves of garlic.
  2. Add chicken, cover and let marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour (the longer you can wait the better). SAVE THE FISH SAUCE MARINADE.
  3. Dredge chicken in cornstarch and add to vegetable oil over medium high heat.
  4. Fry in batches about 15-20 minutes turning regularly.
  5. Remove and place on a paper towel.
  6. In a large sauce pan or wok add remaining fish sauce marinade and reduce to about half the amount of sauce.
  7. Add in fried wings and toss.
  8. Garnish with cilantro and thai basil.