Soy Sauce Substitute: How to Make Homemade Soy Sauce Substitute

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Making a soy sauce substitute is not that difficult, this is a simple DIY that can be fixed in 25 minutes on your stovetop. Soy sauce substitute can also be used for fried rice, sauces, stir-fries, and noodle recipes just like your regular store-bought soy sauce.

Basically, soy sauce is a liquid condiment used by the Chinese to flavor food, it is mostly used in marinades, stir-fries, and sauces. Traditionally, soy sauce is made from fermented soybeans paste,  water, barley, brine, and mold.  You can use soy sauce directly as a dip, and as an alternative for salt in cooking.

There are different varieties of soy sauce out there that vary in taste, texture, and strength of flavor which post a serious health concern to the consumers. however, if you must avoid all products that contain soy proteins, you should opt for soy sauce substitute which is similar in taste and appearance just like the one above.

You can always make your own soy sauce substitute which is better than store-bought counterpart produced from unknown sources.

See the video below how this sauce is made:

If you want a healthy and gluten-free soy sauce substitute to use at home without allergies, here is an alternative made with sugar, vinegar, and salt. It is a low sodium soy sauce replacement that is light in consistency and has the same color and taste. You can use it to marinade and color your recipes, or for cooking fried rice and for stir-fries. This doesn’t have to be salty, but you can always add more salt and adjust it to your own preference


  1. 1 cup of sugar
  2. A cup of water
  3. 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon of salt

How to make soy sauce substitute at home

  1. Place a saucepan on the stovetop, add sugar and begin stirring on medium heat until the sugar starts to melt.
  2. When you notice the sugar melting; do not add any other ingredient immediately, just keep stirring until it turns to a syrup.
  3. Once the sugar syrup changes to a dark soy sauce color and begins to smoke; reduce the heat to low and add a cup of water to it.
  4. You will notice little lumps of crystallized sugar in the mixture, stir it back until they dissolved in the water.
  5. Put on the heat again, and bring the mixture to a boil; at this point, you need to add vinegar and salt and stir very well. Let it boils for 10 minutes or until the content reduces by half and becomes concentrated.
  6. Take it off from heat and leave to cool down completely, transfer into a jar with a fitting lid and store in the fridge.
  7. Your soy sauce substitute is ready, use it in your fried rice recipes, stir-fries, noodles, and any other recipe that calls for soy sauce.