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Soy Sauce Substitute Recipe

Soy Sauce Substitute Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 tablespoon: 11 calories, 1g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 222mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein .

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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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