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Homemade Soy Sauce Substitute (Gluten-Free, Low Sodium)

By Evelyn

As tasty as soy sauce is, there’s no denying that many store bought brands contain just way too many harmful preservatives or additives. That’s exactly why I love to make my own with this recipe for making the best homemade soy sauce substitute.

Homemade Soy Sauce Substitute

How to Make a Soy Sauce Substitute

  • Combine the ingredients. Add the beef bone broth, balsamic vinegar, honey, ground ginger, garlic powder, water, and salt to a saucepan.
  • Boil the mixture. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat.
  • Let it simmer until the liquid has reduced. Reduce the heat and simmer for between 15-20 minutes or until the liquid amount has reduced in volume to about one cup.
  • Store until ready for use. Use immediately or transfer the soy sauce to a bottle until ready for use.

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5 Reasons Why This Soy Sauce Substitute is Healthier than Regular Soy Sauce

Not only does this recipe make one great tasting homemade soy sauce, but it’s also quite a bit healthier as well. Here are 5 reasons why this soy sauce is healthier than most store bought brands:

  • Less sodium. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with sodium, it’s still recommended for individuals with high blood pressure to limit their sodium intake. This recipe makes for a great soy sauce for individuals like that because of its drastically lower sodium content.
  • More nutrient-dense. Unlike many commercial brands of soy sauce, this homemade version is incredibly nutrient-dense. Ingredients like beef bone broth, honey, ginger, and garlic powder are all highly regarded as superfoods, and they all provide a ton of nutritional value to this recipe.
  • Rich in antioxidants. Ground ginger is an excellent source of disease fighting antioxidants. Studies have even found that the antioxidants found in ginger have the potential to help protect against certain types of cancer. (1)
  • Provides anti-inflammatory relief. Ginger is also rich in anti-inflammatory compounds that help to further protect you against chronic inflammatory diseases like Alzheimer’s or heart disease. (2)
  • Collagen and essential amino acids. Last but not least, using beef bone broth in this recipe makes it even better for you thanks to the collagen and essential amino acids that it provides. Collagen in particular provides several great benefits, including healthier looking skin. (3)

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Use This Homemade Soy Sauce Substitute in These Recipes

Now that you’ve made yourself a tasty batch of homemade soy sauce, you may be wondering about what recipes to put it to use with. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

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Soy Sauce Substitute

Homemade Soy Sauce Substitute (Gluten-Free, Low Sodium)

  • Author: Evelyn
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x


  • ¼ cup beef bone broth 
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar 
  • 2 tsp honey 
  • ½ tsp ground ginger 
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder 
  • 1 ½ cup water 
  • salt to taste


  1. Add all the ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. 
  2. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until liquid is reduced to about 1 cup.

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