After much trial and error, and many dishes tasting like vinegar or the wrong blend of spices, I’ve finally settled on two soy sauce alternatives that I think are comparable or better than the “real” thing. I use these in stir frys, on sushi or in marinades, dressings and soups.
How to Make a Soy Sauce Alternative
If you prefer a DIY option, this recipe is great. It combines the benefits of bone broth (use beef bones) with spices, molasses and fish sauce for a healthier soy sauce alternative that tastes very similar.
This method is simple to make, but a little time intensive, so if you want an easier option, scroll down for a great store-bought alternative (that you can grab for free).
Healthier Soy Sauce Alternatives
Yield 6 + servings
Homemade soy sauce with beef bone broth, vinegar, spices and fish sauce is a very close-tasting (and much healthier) alternative to store-bought soy sauce.
- 2 cups beef bone broth (here's how to make)
- 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar, though the taste will be different)
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons molasses
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- Sprinkle (less that 1/4 tsp) of salt, pepper and ginger powders (add more salt if you like the salty flavor or soy sauce)
- 1 teaspoon red boat fish sauce (I get it here)
- Mix all ingredients (except fish sauce) in a small pan and bring to a simmer.
- Simmer for about 8-9 minutes or until reduced by about half.
- Taste to make sure you've reached the desired flavor and saltiness. Add more salt if needed.
- Remove from heat and add fish sauce.
- Stir well and let cool.
- Store in the fridge and use in place of soy sauce as desired.
Coconut Aminos Soy Sauce Alternative
If the DIY version isn’t your thing, there is another great alternative: Coconut Aminos.
Coconut Aminos is made from aged and sun dried organic coconut sap blended with sea salt:
When the coconut tree is tapped it produces a highly nutrient-rich “sap” that exudes from the coconut blossoms. This sap is raw, very low glycemic, an abundant source of 17 amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and has a nearly neutral pH. A comparison between coconut tree sap and soy, shows that coconut sap contains 2-14 times the amino acid content of soy. Small batches ensure that our organic, low glycemic Coconut Aminos, made from this natural sap, is a raw enzymatically alive product aged and blended with sun dried, mineral-rich sea salt, hand gathered from pristine waters near the southern islands of the Philippine coast.
Our family has been using coconut aminos for years because of the amazing flavor. When I first discovered it, it was almost impossible to find and expensive. I had to order directly from the company or on Amazon and pay $8+ a bottle! Coconut aminos are now much more popular and available in many places, including at much cheaper prices online!
Do you like soy sauce as much as me? Ever tried a healthier alternative?