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A Gluten-free Soy Sauce Substitute

By JulieVR |

I was recently cooking gluten-free, and needed a substitute for soy sauce, which contains gluten. I was out of tamari, but recalled seeing a recipe for homemade soy sauce somewhere. A quick search came up with several versions of essentially the same thing – beef broth simmered with cider vinegar, molasses and spices that simulates soy sauce surprisingly well.

Once this mixture has cooked down, you can keep it bottled in the fridge for a few weeks; it also freezes well for longer storage.

Gluten-free Soy Sauce Substitute

adapted from several sources, including

2 cups beef broth
2 tsp. cider vinegar
1 tsp. molasses
pinch ground ginger
pinch black pepper
pinch garlic powder
pinch onion powder

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and simmer until reduced to 1/2 cup. Cool and refrigerate – shake before using.

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Julie Van Rosendaal is the author of five best-selling cookbooks, food editor of Parents Canada magazine, a CBC Radio columnist and a freelance writer. Her award-winning blog, Dinner with Julie documents life in her home kitchen in Canada with her husband and 7-year-old son. Read bio and latest posts → Read Julie's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “A Gluten-free Soy Sauce Substitute

  1. Grant Mehlhoff says:

    Hey Julie

    I just came across your blog post and thought I’d send you a quick note about Little Soya Soy Sauce. We are a new company based in Houston, Texas, and we are changing the way America thinks about soy sauce.

    Little Soya is a gluten-free, less-sodium soy sauce, in fact we have 45% less sodium than most of the leading brands already out on the market. We’ve heard from many of our fans that other gluten-free soy sauces don’t really capture the full taste of traditional soy sauce. Until now that is.

    We would love to send you a sample of our soy sauce for you to try!

    For more information feel free to email me back or check out our Facebook page at

  2. Susan Hooks says:

    I would live to have a sample of your gluten free soy sauce with ordering information.
    PO Box 299
    Mentone, AL 35984

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