This easy, homemade recipe for low sodium Soy Sauce Substitute is the BEST. Healthy and gluten free. Use it for stir-frying or in sauces.
Soy sauce is such a popular condiment. It is listed in numerous recipes and packs a nice salty punch to many dishes. But if you have gluten intolerance or need to lower your sodium intake then soy sauce may not be good for you.
Wondering if you can make your own soy sauce? How about without the soy, gluten, and sodium? The answer is yes!
This recipe is what can be used in place of soy sauce, especially if you are looking for a low sodium and gluten free option.
I will be completely honest that it doesn’t taste exactly like your typical soy sauce, but it comes close.
It’s not so great on its own, as say a dipping sauce, but when added to stir-fries and sauces, it adds a tasty element similar to its super salty counterpart.
INGREDIENTS TO MAKE THIS SOY SAUCE SUBSTITUTE
A few pantry items are all that is needed to make this easy recipe.
- chicken broth
- balsamic vinegar
- ground ginger
- garlic powder
- freshly ground pepper
HOW TO MAKE A SOY SAUCE SUBSTITUTE
When I said easy, I meant it!
All that is needed is to combine all the ingredients, bring to a boil and then simmer until reduced.
Once the mixture has reduced, let it cool on the counter. This takes about 15 minutes.
Once it has cooled, transfer it to a small mason jar for storage.
Try not to spill it all over the counter as I did. 😉
Keep it refrigerated and give it a good shake before using.
This recipe could easily be made vegan friendly by using vegetable stock. Click for the Vegan Soy Sauce Substitute .
I use a gluten free stock so make sure you read your labels if avoiding gluten is something you do.
I have seen the question asked – can I use vinegar instead of soy sauce? And I can see why. It is a tad sweet. This recipe includes balsamic vinegar and there is a good reason behind it. Like in this recipe for Homemade Balsamic Glaze, when balsamic vinegar is reduced it becomes even sweeter and we see that same effect with this soy sauce substitute recipe – the vinegar adds that dimension of sweetness to give the sauce another layer.
So if you are trying to lower your sodium intake and are thinking, what can I use instead of soy sauce in fried rice, this is a great alternative.
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Originally posted September 16, 2013. Updated January 12, 2021.
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This easy, homemade recipe for low sodium Soy Sauce Substitute is the BEST. Healthy, gluten free, and vegan.
Add all of the ingredients into a small saucepan, give it a good stir and bring the mixture to a boil.
Lower the heat to medium and simmer for approximately 20 minutes until the liquid is reduced to one cup. Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool in the pan for about 15 minutes.
Transfer the mixture to a glass jar and store covered in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Shake well before using.