Soy Sauce Substitute Recipe
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Soy Sauce Substitute Recipe

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Our Test Kitchen developed this alternative to store-bought soy sauce. Its color and flavor will make you think it’s the real thing. But it's lower in sodium than both regular soy sauce and the low-sodium variety.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 3 tablespoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon dark molasses
  • Dash pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 tablespoon: 11 calories, 1g fat (trace saturated fat), trace cholesterol, 222mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (1g sugars, trace fiber), trace protein


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve bouillon in boiling water. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Pour into a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Store in the refrigerator. Shake well before using. Yield: about 2 cups.
Originally published as Soy Sauce Substitute in Cooking for 2 Spring 2007, p12

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Reviewed Apr. 6, 2016

"You can make it low sodium by using no salt beef bouillon that you can get off of Amazon. That's what I do and it tastes great."

Reviewed May. 19, 2014

"Salt free bouillon is the way to go to lower the sodium, TanteCindy."

Reviewed Apr. 28, 2014

"Beef bouillon granules pack as much sodium as regular table salt. This is not a good reduced sodium option."

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