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Five Soy Sauce Substitutes (That Really Work)

Five Soy Sauce Substitutes (That Really Work)

If you have a soy allergy, then you have to skip the soy sauce when you’re out with friends at a sushi bar.

But you’ll be surprised to learn that you don’t need soy sauce to enjoy your sushi or follow your favorite recipe of fried rice because there are a lot of options you can use as alternatives.

But is there a substitute for soy sauce that will work just as well as soy sauce, if not better?

Yes, there is! Not one, but many.

Here, we’ll take a look at five ingredients that can easily replace soy sauce in any recipe. But before that, let’s take a look at soy sauce and what makes it so unique.

What is Soy Sauce?

Soy sauce is a dark brown liquid that’s extremely salty. It’s made from fermented soybeans, saltwater, a mold by the name of kōji, and grains that are roasted.

It serves as a condiment that’s used in many recipes all over the globe, like fried rice and noodles, and it’s also used as a dipping sauce with sushi.

If you’ve run out of soy sauce at home, or you have a soy allergy, then take a look at our list of five ingredients that can be used as soy sauce substitutes.

Substitutes for Soy Sauce

1. Tamari sauce

Tamari sauce comes from Japan. It tastes a lot similar to soy sauce, but the color is a lot darker. It goes great with Asian dishes, and you can use the same amount of Tamari sauce as you would of soy sauce in any recipe that calls for it.

It’s also generally gluten-free, but you should check the label before buying it because it may contain a little bit of wheat. It’s made from miso paste and works great as a dipping sauce.

If you use this sauce in a recipe that’s supposed to be very salty, then you may have to add some salt to the dish because it’s low in sodium.

2. Coconut Aminos Sauce

Coconut Aminos sauce is the perfect healthy substitute for soy sauce. Besides, it’s gluten-free. It’s made from coconut trees and a little bit of sea salt.

The best part about it is that it has way less sodium than soy sauce.

Before you can head to the store to buy it, you should note that it has a sweeter taste and it’s also a little bit on the pricier side.

3. Bragg Liquid Aminos

This soy sauce substitute is high in amino acids, which is why it’s quite popular among people with healthy eating habits.

It does have a little bit of soy, so if you have a soy allergy, then this isn’t for you.

It contains about 320 mg of sodium in one teaspoon, and it’s extremely concentrated in flavor, so less is more with this one.

4. Red Boat Fish Sauce

If you’re into Asian cuisine, then you’ll love the red boat fish sauce. It doesn’t contain any soybean and it’s also gluten-free.

But before you can use it, you should know that the sodium content in this sauce is a lot higher than it is in soy sauce.

5. Soy-Free Homemade Sauce

If you don’t want to get your hands on a store-bought alternative, then you can simply make a soy-free sauce at home within 15 minutes.

What You Need

  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • A pinch of garlic powder, white pepper, and ground ginger
  • 1 cup of store-bought or homemade beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Salt


  • Add apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, ground ginger, white pepper, beef stock, and balsamic vinegar into a pot.
  • Put the pot on the stove over medium heat, and wait until it starts to a simmer.
  • Let it simmer until you notice that the mixture has been reduced to just 2 cups.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • Pour the mixture into a jar, store it in the refrigerator, and use it within 10 days.

Watch this video to learn how to make the perfect soy-free and gluten-free alternative to soy sauce at home.

Other cooking substitutions that are you helpful​​​​

Soy sauce substitutes

Soy sauce substitutes

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 2 minutes

If you are out of soy sauce this is our best soy sauce replacement idea.


  • Tamari sauce


  1. Use it as a one to one substitution.


You may want to add a dash of salt but taste test first.

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Final Wor​ds

Now that you know some of the best alternatives for soy sauce, you no longer have to let your soy allergy hold you back from enjoying your favorite meals.

You can also make a soy-free sauce at home if you don’t want to experiment with store-bought substitutes.

Did you find this blog post useful? Leave a comment below and let us know if there are any other sauces you use instead of soy sauce in your meals.

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