|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 1g||1%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||1%|
|Total Carbohydrate 3g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||1%|
|Total Sugars 3g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This soy sauce substitute doesn't taste exactly like the real thing, but it makes a flavorful alternative if you are trying to reduce the amount of sodium in your diet or want to avoid soy or gluten (as most bottled soy sauces are not gluten free). Chinese cooking can be healthy, especially if you cook it yourself, which is great because sodium can be high in many restaurant dishes. Fortunately, this can be modified in most Chinese recipes, and an easy place to start is with soy sauce.
The recipe creates that umami taste by combining beef broth, vinegar, molasses, and sesame oil. You can enjoy it as is (after sitting for an hour so the flavors can meld), or reduce the mixture by half for a thicker, more concentrated sauce. It yields enough to prepare approximately two meals, but you can scale the recipe up if you'd rather make a larger batch; just be sure to use it within a couple of weeks. This soy sauce substitute can be used in recipes as well as a dipping sauce. Remember that while the sodium is reduced, it still has some sodium, so plan your use accordingly.
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium beef broth
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons molasses
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup boiling water
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
At this point, you can either let sauce sit for an hour to give flavors a chance to blend, or boil liquid until it is reduced by half (about 3 tablespoons).
Store soy sauce in a sealed container in the refrigerator where it will keep for about a month. Shake well before using.
Use in your favorite Chinese recipe or serve with homemade sushi or other rice-based dishes and enjoy.
Make It Vegetarian
To make this recipe vegetarian, substitute vegetable broth for the beef broth. Just be aware that this will alter the flavor somewhat, so experiment a little until it tastes the way you prefer.
- Feel free to tinker with the ingredients to get the best flavor. The sodium is mostly in the beef broth, with a small amount in the molasses (2 milligrams per teaspoon) and the balsamic vinegar (1 milligram per teaspoon). You can alter the other ingredients without changing the sodium content.
- This recipe is gluten free as long as the ingredients are all gluten free; make sure to check the labels of the beef broth and garlic powder, and only use the vinegars called for.