Soy Sauce Substitutes

Soy Sauce Substitutes

This article provides an overview of soy sauce, what it tastes like, its availability, alternative names, and of course what other ingredients make soy sauce substitutes.

What is Soy Sauce?

Soy sauce is a type of liquid condiment and flavoring, originating in china some 2000 years ago. It is now used worldwide, especially in Southeast Asian cooking.  It is traditionally made from a fermented paste of soybeans, roasted grain, and brine, however many countries have adapted their own version.

What does Soy Sauce taste like?

Soy sauce has a strong and intense umami taste. There are salty and sweet notes and even slight bitterness. This balanced flavor profile makes it a perfect condiment, as well as an ingredient to intensify dishes.

Is Soy Sauce readily available in Supermarkets?

Soy sauce should be readily available in supermarkets, it will usually be found in the world foods section, near the Asian cooking, or in the condiments section.

What are some alternative names for Soy Sauce?

Soy sauce may simply be referred to as ‘soy’ in the United States and often ‘soya’ in the UK.

What is a good substitute for Soy Sauce in recipes?

Luckily, there are a number of great substitutes for soy sauce. These include: