Soy Sauce Substitute With Very Low Sodium

READY IN: 5mins
Recipe by KateL

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!

Top Review by Annacia

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

Ingredients Nutrition


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

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