No soy sauce? No problem! How to make a soy sauce substitute

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soy sauce substitute

In this blog post, we will be discussing soy sauce substitutes and soy sauce replacements. As you may know, soy sauce is a staple of many Asian dishes. However, if you don’t have soy sauce on hand or need to make a soy-free dish for someone with allergies, then it can be hard to find an acceptable substitute that has the same flavor as soy sauce. In this article, we’ll go over some alternatives that are perfect for your next meal!

Ingredients

  • soy milk (or other soy milk alternatives)
  • tamari sauce or soy sauce alternative
  • honey, agave nectar, maple syrup, or sugar substitute
  • arrowroot starch or kudzu root powder (for thickening)

*Note: you can use any of the options from this list to replace soy sauce and can use multiple options in one soy sauce substitute

Directions:

  • Combine the soy milk, tamari or soy alternative, sweetener of choice (honey/agave), arrowroot starch/kudzu root powder together over medium heat. Stir until it starts to thicken. Add more if needed for desired consistency.
  • Allow soy sauce substitute to cool before using in dishes

Tips for making soy sauce substitute

When I need a soy sauce substitute, it’s the first thing that pops into my head. Fortunately there are lots of easy ways to replicate this ingredient and make sure your favorite dishes have that umami flavor without using any weird chemicals or artificial flavors! Here are some tips on how to make this product right at home:

  • Can use any of the options from this list to replace soy sauce and can use multiple options in one soy sauce substitute
  • For a thicker soy milk alternative, mix arrowroot starch/kudzu root powder with soy milk in a small bowl and add to soy sauce substitute while cooking
  • Can use coconut aminos for soy alternative if soy or tamari is not an option
  • Use this soy sauce substitute in any dish that calls for soy sauce. This will be great over vegetables, rice dishes, stir fry’s, etc.!
  • If soy sauce substitute becomes too thick after cooling, add a little soy milk to thin it back out.
  • Use soy sauce alternative sparingly when cooking dishes that require soy sauce as the flavor is pretty strong! It’s best to cook with this soy sauce substitute than use it in its liquid form.

Variations on the recipe 

  • soy sauce substitute is soy free!
  • soy sauce alternative can be made with coconut aminos instead of soy or tamari for an even more soy free option. This is a great choice for people who are allergic to both soy and wheat as it’s also gluten free.
  • If you want the flavor of soy sauce but don’t need soy/gluten free option, then you can use this soy sauce substitute with honey instead of agave nectar.
  • soy milk alternative is made from almond milk if soy or lactose intolerant
  • any of the sweeteners used in place soy sauce are interchangeable (honey instead of sugar)
  • arrowroot starch/kudzu root powder is also interchangeable with cornstarch
  • soy sauce alternative can be made into a soy free, gluten free teriyaki sauce by adding pineapple juice and fresh ginger.
  • soy milk substitute is replaced with coconut milk for more of an asian flavor in this recipe! Teriyaki Sauce: Makes About ½ Cup Ingredients:
  • soy sauce alternative (or soy/gluten free soy sauce) can be replaced with coconut aminos for soy or tamari if not soy/wheat free option is desired
  • honey, agave nectar, maple syrup, or sugar substitute can be used in place of the sweetener depending on taste
  • soy sauce substitute (or soy/gluten free soy sauce) can be replaced with coconut aminos for soy or tamari if not soy/wheat free option is desired

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and stir well until combined. Store leftover teriyaki sauce in an airtight container such as a mason jar in the fridge.

Cooking tips when using the soy sauce substitute in a dish

– soy sauce substitute can be used in any dish that calls for soy sauce and will add a savory, salty flavor to the recipe.

– For best taste try using soy sauce alternative when cooking vegetables such as broccoli or cauliflower. This is because soy/tamari sauces are usually lighter colored than teriyaki or soy sauce alternatives.

– soy sauce substitute is great for stir fry’s, rice dishes, and vegetables! Just be careful not to use too much soy sauce alternative as it has a strong flavor that can take over the dish if used too liberally. This will also depend on personal taste preferences.  

FAQs about this recipe and its variations

Do you need to refrigerate soy sauce after opening?

Yes, it is important for the flavor.

How long does soy sauce last?

7-10 days

Can teriyaki sauce be used as a substitute for soy sauce?

Soy Sauce can be used as a substitute for teriyaki sauces, but not vice versa.

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Conclusion

In this article, we’ve gone over a few soy sauce alternatives that you can use as substitutes, or to make dishes soy-free. Whether you’re out of your favorite condiment and need something on hand to cook with, or are cooking for someone allergic to soy sauce–this list is perfect! Have other ideas? Let us know in the comments below!