What Is Coconut Aminos?

Buying, Using, and Recipes

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What Is Coconut Aminos?

Coconut aminos is a liquid condiment similar to soy sauce but made from the fermented sap of a coconut palm tree and sea salt. Coconut aminos can be used in place of soy sauce, Bragg Liquid Aminos, or tamari, though it does cost significantly more than any of them.

How to Use Coconut Aminos

Use coconut aminos to directly replace soy sauce in just about any recipe in a 1:1 ratio. You can also use it at the table as a general flavor enhancer. Try a little bit on steamed vegetables, spritz it on a salad, or add a dash to your favorite quinoa salad, vegetable stir-fry, or just about any savory dish.

What Does It Taste Like?

Coconut aminos tastes similar to soy sauce, with a salty umami flavor. But coconut aminos also has a touch of sweetness not present in soy sauce. It does not, however, taste like coconut.

Recipes With Coconut Aminos

Feel free to substitute coconut aminos in any recipe calling for soy sauce, though be aware that you won't get the exact same flavor and you may need to adjust the salt to compensate for the lower sodium content in the coconut aminos. If a recipe calls for a portion of both light and dark soy sauces, you can acceptably substitute an equal amount of coconut aminos for both, but you won't get the same depth of flavor in the finished dish.

Where to Buy Coconut Aminos

Most grocery stores stock coconut aminos, either near the spices and seasonings, in the health food aisle, or next to the soy sauce. You can also find it at any natural foods store and from online grocery retailers. One producer maintains a full list of stores on their website as well as online shopping options for the United States, Canada, the UK, the Netherlands, and New Zealand.

Storage

It's best to store an open bottle of coconut aminos in the refrigerator and use it up within a year, though it's fine unopened in the pantry for three years. If it starts to smell vinegary, you should discard it.

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