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    Soy Sauce Substitute With Very Low Sodium

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    KateL's Note:

    I tagged this for cooking for a parent with congestive heart failure, for whom sodium must be kept to a minimum. The recipe came from Don Gazzaniga's "The No-Salt, Lowest-Sodium Cookbook". I broke into gales of laughter at Whole Foods when I read the label for a commercial "low sodium" soy sauce: 400 mg sodium! Rather than give up on soy sauce completely, I would use this recipe, as I have had good luck with other recipes by Gazzaniga. Suggested brands of molasses and onion powder are low in salt. Mastercook says 29 mg sodium in entire recipe!

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    Serves: 8



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    1. 1
    2. 2
      Heat vinegar slightly.
    3. 3
      Pour over peeled and sliced garlic cloves to taste.
    4. 4
      Let stand overnight, strain and discard garlic.
    5. 5
    6. 6
      In a glass jar, combine 3/4 cup garlic vinegar with molasses and onion powder.
    7. 7
      Refrigerate and use as needed.
    8. 8
      Warm and shake well before using.
    9. 9
      Lasts about 1 month refrigerated.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 23, 2008


      This isn't bad. I made a 1/4 recipe as a test and I'm pleased with the result. It's not soy sauce but it doesn't have all of that salt either. The best I can do to describe the taste is a sweet and sour .......sorta, lol. To be honest I wasn't in love with the spoon taste but when used on a veggie stir fry on rice it was a very respectable soy sub and a whole lot healthier. It's not at all difficult to make but does require the sitting time. I suspect that it could be started early in the morning and finished just before dinner and be just fine. :D

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    • on February 16, 2011


      Not really a copycat recipe since it tastes different than soy sauce, but because it's healthier and low in sodium it's a pretty good substitute. I used it to complete a Beef Stirfry and really enjoyed it!

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    • on July 30, 2009


      This does NOT taste anything like soy sauce but it's still pretty darn good. I use it generously to make a sort of hot and sour ramen noodle soup, using the Oriental Ramen Seasoning Copycat recipe from this site (throw the spice packet that comes with the noodles away) , a few drops of sesame oil and a 1/4 cup of frozen peas. Delish!

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    Nutritional Facts for Soy Sauce Substitute With Very Low Sodium

    Serving Size: 1 (31 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 29.9
    Calories from Fat 0
    Total Fat 0.0 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 4.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 6.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
    Sugars 4.2 g
    Protein 0.1 g

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