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Soy Sauce Substitute

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 5 min.


about 2 cups

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.
Soy Sauce Substitute Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

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

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  • chichow
    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.

  • tgbvmb
    May 19, 2014

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

  • TanteCindy
    Apr 28, 2014

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

  • Heather
    Sep 22, 2008

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