Let’s chat soy sauce, shall we?

As I journey through Grace Young’s Stir-frying to the Sky’s Edge for Wok Wednesdays, I am introduced to so many new to me ingredients. Now of course I have used soy sauce over the years, but as I study nutrition, and am out there daily in the food world, I am finding alternative ingredients that align more closely with my lifestyle. Such as soy sauce. Ever since going paleo and excluding soy from my diet, I have found a substitute for soy sauce- Coconut Aminos, which is aged coconut sap blended with mineral rich sea salt. The product is slightly effervescent and not as salty tasting as most soy sauces, I find it a great alternative. But alas there is trouble in the BRK, my son has a coconut allergy, so what is a paleo to do? Here enters San-J Reduced Sodium Organic Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce a wonderful compromise to my paleo lifestyle and keeping my child safe.  I would rather be safe in my kitchen than fret over a small amount of soy in my diet.  If you are looking to eliminate gluten from your diet, then give either of these sauces a try as they are both GF and organic.  If you are looking to reduce soy in your diet, go with the coconut aminos.

What is your favorite soy sauce brand, or soy sauce substitute, and have you ever tried coconut aminos?


  1. Rona
    Posted June 26, 2012 at 11:13 AM | Permalink

    Dr. Braggs liquid aminos are my go to!

    • Robin Sue
      Posted June 26, 2012 at 1:57 PM | Permalink

      Oooh I haven’t heard of that one. The hunt is on!

  2. Posted June 26, 2012 at 11:49 AM | Permalink

    I’m still partial to Pearl River Bridge Mushroom Soy. It’s on the heavy side and, of course, far from Paleo, but oh-so-good. 🙂

    • Robin Sue
      Posted June 26, 2012 at 1:57 PM | Permalink

      That one has such good flavor!

  3. Wendy C
    Posted August 4, 2012 at 1:54 AM | Permalink

    I’m sorry I don’t remember where I got these recipes from (I usually link the url), but here are two very similar recipes for a soy sauce substitute:

    Soy Sauce Substitute

    2 cups beef broth
    2 tsp. cider vinegar
    1 tsp. molassas
    1/8 tsp. ground ginger
    dash of pepper, onion powder and garlic powder

    Combine all in saucepan, boil uncovered until reduced to 1/2 cup.


    Soy Sauce Substitute
    Cook Time: 10 Minutes
    Ready In: 10 Minutes
    Servings: 32

    “Allergic to soy or wheat? Here is a great substitute for soy sauce.”
    4 tablespoons beef bouillon
    4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
    2 teaspoons dark molasses
    1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    1 pinch white pepper
    1 pinch garlic powder
    1 1/2 cups water

    1. In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together the beef bouillon, balsamic vinegar, molasses, ginger, white pepper, garlic powder and water. Boil gently until liquid is reduced to about 1 cup, about 15 minutes.

    • Robin Sue
      Posted August 4, 2012 at 1:42 PM | Permalink

      Thanks for sharing, I had no idea there were substitute recipes for soy sauce. I learn something new every day!!

    • Wendy C
      Posted March 30, 2013 at 3:28 PM | Permalink

      I finally looked for and found the link to the second recipe:

  4. Joey
    Posted August 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM | Permalink

    Bragg’s Amino Acid is tasty (can’t hardly tell the difference) but it DOES have soy!

  5. John DeMayo
    Posted November 17, 2013 at 8:55 PM | Permalink

    Dr. Braggs liquid aminos is some weird stuff. It is made by treating soybeans with hydrochloric acid to create free amino acids and then neutralizing the remaining acid with sodium bicarbonate.

    How the end result interacts with your body? Hard to say…..definitely doesn’t entirely represent something our bodies are used to processing.

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  1. […] Soy sauce is NOT Paleo, sub with Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce or Coconut Aminos. You can also try Braggs Liquid Aminos. Here’s a good page about that:  Big Red Kitchen […]

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