What is the Best Soy Sauce Substitute?

READER QUESTION: I can’t eat anything with soy in it. Is there a substitute when I’m preparing food at home?

Indeed there is! If you’re looking for the savory, umami-ness you get from traditional soy sauce, but without the soy part, try one of these:

SOY SAUCE SUBSTITUTES

  • Coconut aminos is made from the fermented sap of the coconut palm tree, and it makes a fine soy sauce substitute. It contains no wheat or soy, and it’s quite a bit sweeter than soy sauce, but less salty. You may find you need to add a little more salt to the dish if you use coconut aminos instead of traditional soy sauce.
  • Worcestershire sauce is a fermented sauce made with ingredients like garlic, onion, tamarind, molasses, malt vinegar, and anchovies, which give it a strong, complex flavor. It is also a bit sweeter than soy sauce, but not quite as much as coconut aminos. It’s great with meat dishes.
  • Fish sauce is my pick when I want a strong, soy-free umami kick. Read all about fish sauce here!
  • Maggi sauce is made from fermented wheat proteins. Think of it as “next level” soy sauce, with a big, rich, salty, meaty flavor. You only need a few drops to make an impact. Like fish sauce, there is no uniform...

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11 August 2020