Soy-free Gluten-free Substitute for Soy Sauce, Replacement for soy sauce
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Soy Sauce Substitute | Recipe for a Soy-free & Gluten-free Alternative to Soy Sauce

An easy and budget-friendly recipe for a homemade soy-free and gluten-free alternative to soy sauce.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Condiment, Dips/Sauces
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: alternative to soy sauce, gluten-free soy sauce, soy sauce replacement, soy sauce substitute, soy-free soy sauce
Servings: 125 ml concentrate
Author: Teenuja Dahari -


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable bouillon powder or 2 cubes, make sure the bouillon is soy-free
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses or regular fancy molasses or substitute with dark caramel
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar white or apple cider vinegar is also good
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger or 1/2 inch fresh piece, cut into small pieces
  • 3 - 4 fenugreek seeds
  • Dash ground black pepper
  • 1 cup water [250 ml]
  • Salt to taste if needed


  • Whisk all ingredients together except the fenugreek seeds and the salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Once it reaches a boil, lower the heat and add the fenugreek seeds. Simmer until liquid is reduced to half. It will thicken and will look very much like soy sauce.
  • Strain the liquid to remove all the solid undissolved particles.
  • Allow the sauce to cool before pouring into a sterilised jar or bottle. Keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.



You may want to double or triple the recipe amounts. If that is the case then, apart from the other ingredients, I don't think there is a need to proportionally increase the amount of vegetable bouillon as it is there mostly for flavour and saltiness. So, once the flavour is extracted in the boiling process, you can just adjust the taste with salt for a larger batch.