I love to cook Chinese food, but one thing is missing from my pantry: regular soy sauce. I’ve long given up on convention soy sauce because my family is gluten free and soy free, and I now know why soy is bad for my health.
But that doesn’t mean I don’t miss it. Thankfully, I have a soy sauce alternative called Coconut Aminos on hand. It’s both gluten free and soy free – made from coconut sap. It tastes delicious and Paleo friendly as well. In fact, my Gluten-Free Fried Rice recipe calls for Coconut Aminos.
There’s only one downside… it can get expensive. On Amazon, it’s about $12 for a 8 oz. bottle. At my local health food store, it’s about $6.85 for the same bottle. I have a Thrive Market membership (if you don’t already have one – it’s awesome! It’s like Whole Foods meets Costco. Sign up for a Thrive Market membership and get 2 months free and 10% off your first order) and get Coconut Aminos for about $4.45 for a 8 0z. bottle.
So as long as I order through Thrive Market, I can get Coconut Aminos for a great price. But you know what usually happens? I run out with nothing else to use and I have leftover rice or some other Asian dish I want to cook up.
That’s why I love having this Soy Sauce Substitute recipe on hand in case I need an alternative with basic ingredients I already have in my pantry. It’s really easy to make and a great way to use up leftover bone broth.
Where to Get Kitchen Pantry Essentials
I get my other baking supplies like baking soda, baking powder, vanilla extract, etc. either on Amazon or my local health food store usually. But then I got a Thrive membership. If you don’t already have one – it’s awesome! It’s like Whole Foods meets Costco. Organic vanilla extract, for instance, is about $5 at my local health food store and $5.30 on Amazon. But it’s only $3.95 (YES!) on Thrive Market. Great deal right? And the raw honey?! Don’t even get me started how much that costs at the health food store. But on Thrive Market it’s just $5.45 for a 10.5 oz jar of raw honey.
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- 1.5 cups bone broth
- 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 tsp organic dark molasses
- 2 tsp date sugar
- 1/4 tsp organic garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp organic onion powder
- 1/8 tsp Himalayan salt
- 1/8 tsp organic white pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon organic ground ginger
- 1 tsp sesame oil (optional, but I love the flavor)
- In a small saucepan, add all ingredients except salt and sesame oil.
- Bring ingredients to a boil and simmer on medium heat for about 10 minutes.
- Turn off heat, add in salt and sesame oil and stir until well mixed.
- Let cool and store in an airtight container for up to a week or freeze a portion of it to use for later.
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