Raw Food Substitute for Nama Shoyu

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  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 32 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
1 Calories
0g Fat
0g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 32 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 1
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 218mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 2mg 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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

So many raw food recipes use Nama Shoyu even though it isn't actually raw. In Japanese nama does mean raw. But the word isn't intended to indicate that the liquid has never been subjected to high heat, only that it hasn't been pasteurized.

Alas, pure raw foodists, as well as those on gluten-free diets, need an alternative. Sea salt can easily be substituted for the saltiness, but there is a deeper, more profound flavor missing. Many in the raw community are using portabello mushrooms, as in this recipe, to recreate that unique flavor.


  • 1 large portabello mushroom
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 2 cups water

Steps to Make It

  1. Place the mushroom and salt in the blender with 1/2 cup of the water.

  2. Blend on high speed for 10 seconds, slowly add the remaining water through the top while continuing to blend.

  3. You may wish to strain the liquid to remove any mushroom chunks.