Homemade Soy Sauce Recipe (2024)

Looking to expand your homemade condiments into a gluten free soy sauce? Making this homemade Soy Sauce recipe is no harder than making your own ketchup. It uses simple, everyday ingredients and tastes delicious!

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Homemade Soy Sauce Recipe

I’ve been wanting to make my own homemade soy sauce for a long time but put it off because it seemed so much more intimidating than Homemade Ketchup or even Homemade BBQ Sauce. Now that we’ve been making it for several months I have no idea why I was so scared of it in the first place. It’s SO easy and uses simple ingredients that you most likely already have in your pantry.

I will start by saying this isn’t traditional soy sauce. It’s soy-free, it doesn’t have wheat, and it’s not fermented. But it does make a wonderful, frugal soy sauce substitute with the same flavor profile as soy sauce for when when you are trying to make your own foods AND you have the benefit of knowing exactly what’s in it. Plus this is a gluten free soy sauce recipe and gluten free soy sauce from the store is SO expensive!

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Gluten Free Soy Sauce Ingredients

  • Beef Broth. This can be homemade and you can also use vegetable broth or chicken broth instead. Whatever you have on hand!
  • Apple Cider Vinegar. I always buy my apple cider vinegar by the gallon in bulk so I have it on hand at all times.
  • Blackstrap Molasses. This is another item I buy in bulk and usually by the gallon because we use so much of it. (And it’s much cheaper that way!)
  • Garlic Powder. Also another purchase I make by the pound in bulk.
  • Ground Ginger. I get this in bulk as well because we never seem to go through fresh ginger fast enough so I love the dried!
  • Salt. I use pink salt in all of my recipes because that’s what I buy in bulk and have on hand.

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Questions About Making Soy Sauce

How do they make soy sauce?

Traditional soy sauce is a product made by fermenting soy beans. It’s a rather long and involved process. This is a simple shortcut alternative soy sauce recipe!

What can I use if I have no soy sauce?

This is an easy recipe to make if you are trying to replace soy sauce in a recipe because the ingredients are likely ones that you have in your pantry and fridge. You can also use coconut aminos in place of soy sauce.

Is soy sauce vegan?

Many soy sauces contain fish sauce or anchovies which would not make them vegan. This recipe could be made vegan by using vegetable broth instead of beef broth.

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What to Serve With Homemade Soy Sauce

Homemade Soy Sauce is perfect for your homemade stir fries! We like to make the Teryki style sauce with the soy sauce listed below. I also add this soy sauce into many soups and other sauce recipes for a boost of flavor.

Additions to Homemade Soy Sauce

To give your soy sauce more complex flavors, try these additions.

  • Mushroom powder. Just a pinch goes a long ways in that umami flavor!
  • Pepper. I add a little pepper into mine every time.
  • More salt/garlic/ginger. Adding more of any of these ingredients helps make the flavor super bold.

Instructions for Making Your Own Soy Sauce

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In a saucepan, combine the beef broth, cider vinegar, and molasses.

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Add in the garlic, ginger, and salt. Mix well.

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Let the entire mixture simmer on the stovetop over a medium-low heat for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the sauce begins to reduce. The best flavor is when you’ve let it reduce to about half of it’s original volume.

Store the finished sauce in an air-tight container (I like to use a glass jar with a plastic lid) in the fridge until ready to use. You may need to shake slightly before use. For most recipes, you can use this as a 1:1 replacement for soy sauce. I personally like to use a little more homemade soy sauce in recipes than I would regular soy sauce.

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Homemade Teriyaki Sauce with Homemade Soy Sauce

When I make my homemade Soy Sauce recipe, I like to take it a bit further and use half of it to make a homemade Teriyaki sauce as well. This is so easy and works perfectly for stir-fry.

What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup Homemade Soy Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Honey
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 2 teaspoons Arrowroot Powder or Cornstarch

In a small saucepan, combine the soy sauce, honey, and water. Heat until the mixture is simmering. Sprinkle in the arrowroot powder and use a whisk to combine until well mixed. Let the mixture simmer for another minute or two to thicken. Use right away in a dish or stir-fry or place in an air-tight container to save for later.

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Gluten Free Soy Sauce

CourseSide Dish


KeywordHomemade Soy Sauce Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Servings 16 servings

Calories 6 kcal


  • 1cupBeef Brothcan be homemade
  • 1/4cupApple Cider Vinegar
  • 1tablespoonBlackstrap Molasses
  • 1/2teaspoonGarlic Powder
  • 1/4teaspoonGround Ginger
  • 1teaspoonSalt


  1. In a saucepan, combine the beef broth, cider vinegar, and molasses.

  2. Add in the garlic, ginger, and salt. Mix well.

  3. Let the entire mixture simmer on the stovetop over a medium-low heat for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the sauce begins to reduce. The best flavor is when you've let it reduce to about half of it's original volume.

  4. Store the finished sauce in an air-tight container (I like to use a glass jar with a plastic lid) in the fridge until ready to use. You may need to shake slightly before use. For most recipes, you can use this as a 1:1 replacement for soy sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Gluten Free Soy Sauce

Amount Per Serving

Calories 6

% Daily Value*

Fat 0.04g0%

Saturated Fat 0.02g0%

Polyunsaturated Fat 0.002g

Monounsaturated Fat 0.01g

Sodium 202mg9%

Potassium 31mg1%

Carbohydrates 1g0%

Fiber 0.01g0%

Sugar 1g1%

Protein 0.2g0%

Vitamin A 0.01IU0%

Vitamin C 0.001mg0%

Calcium 4mg0%

Iron 0.1mg1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Both the Homemade Soy Sauce Recipe and the Homemade Teriyaki Sauce recipe will last for a week in the fridge.

My favorite thing to do with these sauces is to make the homemade soy sauce recipe first and then the homemade teriyaki sauce recipe. Then I place the rest of the soy sauce in the fridge to use for the rest of the week and use the teriyaki sauce for supper the night that I make it.

Little House Living’s Tips for Making Soy Sauce

  • This recipe can be made ahead and extras can be stored in the freezer. I prefer to make up a big batch at one time so I don’t have to make it again later.

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More Homemade Sauces

  • Homemade Mayonnaise
  • Homemade BBQ Sauce
  • Worcestershire Sauce Recipe
  • Homemade Hot Sauce
  • Homemade Pancake Syrup Made with Apple Peelings
  • Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe

Have you ever attempted to make your own gluten free Soy Sauce recipe? How did it turn out? Will you give this one a try?

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This Homemade Soy Sauce Recipe was originally posted on Little House Living in February 2018. It has been updated as of January 2023.

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How is soy sauce made at home? ›

To make soy sauce, soak the soy beans in water overnight, then boil and mash them into a paste. Add wheat flour and koji starter to the paste and let the mixture rest for 2 days in a warm, humid place. Next, stir moromi into your base once a week for the next 6-12 months to ferment the mixture.

What are the 5 ingredients of soy sauce? ›

There are various ways to make soy sauce, but traditionally it's made using five main ingredients: soybeans, wheat, water, salt and yeast. And although there are many types, many of them share the same manufacturing process, which can take months, or in the case of very high-quality artisanal varieties, even years.

What are the ingredients in soybean sauce? ›

Water, soybeans, salt, wheat flour, monosodium glutamate and disodium 5'-inosinate and disodium 5'-guanylate as flavor enhancers, sugar, modified corn starch, soybean oil, caramel color, lactic acid, potassium sorbate added as a preservative, sucralose.

Can you make soy sauce from other beans? ›

There is soy sauce that does not contain soybeans or wheat

They type of soy sauce is made with broad beans and salt. Soy sauce is made with the proteins and starch contained within soybeans and wheat. Broad beans are also rich in protein and its composition is similar to that of soybeans and wheat combined.

What are the four basic ingredients in making soy sauce? ›

Traditional soy sauce brewing involves four main ingredients: soybeans, wheat, salt and water. Fermentation is an important part of the process and the longer the soy sauce ferments, the deeper the resulting flavour becomes. Brewers can take months or even years to produce a batch of high-quality soy sauce.

How do you make soy sauce if you don't have any? ›

Stir water, beef bouillon, balsamic vinegar, molasses, ginger, white pepper, and garlic powder in a saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil and simmer until liquid is reduced to about 1 cup, about 10 minutes. Store in the refrigerator and shake before using.

How is Kikkoman soy sauce made? ›

Kikkoman Soy Sauce is made using the traditional Japanese brewing process known as “honjozo”. We call this honjozo method, which makes use of the natural powers of fermentation, “naturally brewed”. Kikkoman Soy Sauce is made from the four basic ingredients of soybeans, wheat, salt and water.

How is soy sauce made simple? ›

Making soy sauce from scratch
  1. Boil soy beans until soft. Mash into a paste using a food processor. ...
  2. Remove plastic and paper. Dry for 2 days or until completely dry. ...
  3. Drop the soy cakes into a brine, stir daily for 7 days, then weekly for about six months. It'll be young soy sauce.
May 20, 2021

What is the difference between soybean sauce and soy sauce? ›

Both terms mainly refer to the bean (from which all soya products originate) which can also be called a soybean or soya bean. However, the only real difference is in the spelling. It tends to be referred to more as soy in the US, while here in Europe it is more widely known as soya.

What is the primary ingredient in soy sauce besides water? ›

Soybeans are, of course, the main ingredient in soy sauce, but the base recipe also usually contains wheat, salt, and water. There is also usually an acid or fermenting agent such as mold or yeast.

Is tahini the same as soy sauce? ›

Tamari and tahini have many more differences than they do similarities. Whereas Tamari comes completely from soybeans, tahini is made purely from sesame seeds. Unlike Tamari, tahini involves no fermentation. Instead, it is produced by grinding sesame seeds into a spreadable paste.

What is the best replacement for soy sauce? ›

What is the best substitute for soy sauce?
  • Tamari. If you're looking for an easy swap, tamari is the one because it is in fact a type of soy sauce! ...
  • Coconut aminos. If you're actually looking for a soy-free alternative, this is a great option. ...
  • Worcestershire sauce. ...
  • Miso. ...
  • Liquid aminos. ...
  • Fish sauce.

Can I use Worcestershire sauce in place of soy sauce? ›

The next time you're using Worcestershire sauce in place of soy sauce, using a 3-to-1 ratio of Worcestershire sauce to water is key. For instance, if your recipe calls for ¼ cup of soy sauce, you would swap in 3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce and 1 tablespoon of water.

What is a natural version of soy sauce? ›

Coconut aminos is a sauce made from coconut sap. The sap is fermented and blended with salt to create coconut aminos, a savory soy sauce replacement. Coconut aminos have become popular with people following the Paleo and Whole30 diet because those diets don't allow soy.

Is Worchester sauce same as soy sauce? ›

Worcestershire Sauce

Another fermented sauce, this British condiment usually contains a blend of malt vinegar, anchovies, spices, sugar, salt, garlic, onions, tamarind extract and molasses. It has the same umami quality as soy sauce, but much less sodium and no soy or gluten.

What is the difference between brewed soy sauce and regular soy sauce? ›

Soy sauces made by chemically breaking down raw ingredients have a short manufacturing period, and do not require much time or effort. Contrarily, to produce “honjozo (traditionally brewed) soy sauce” which utilizes the natural power of microorganisms, several months and great effort is required.

Why is soy sauce not vegan? ›

In theory, soy sauce is vegan, as it is only made up of soybeans, wheat, water and wheat which are all, of course, vegan-friendly. However, some manufacturers add ingredients that compromise soy sauce being vegan, using flavour enhancers which are derived from fish or meat.

How long does it take to make real soy sauce? ›

They are a little pricey and very heavy, and since I wasn't sure if I could get enough uses out of them, I decided not to buy one. Despite the simple ingredients, there is so much work in making soy sauce. The process can take anywhere from 10 months to longer.

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