Soy-Free Soy Sauce (GAPS-legal)

As many of you know, I’m preparing to go on the GAPS introduction diet and am currently working on prepping stock, veggies, boiled meat and soup for my freezer.  Lots of it!  I will post about it after the holiday, but wanted to share this exciting recipe I discovered last week for easy, homemade, soy-free soy sauce.

Easy Soy-Free Soy Sauce

4 tsp        Lemon juice or balsamic vinegar*
1 ½ c       Homemade beef broth
2 t            Honey
¼ t           Ginger
Pinch       Garlic powder
Pinch       White pepper

Bring all ingredients to a boil.  Lower heat and simmer until reduced by ½, approximately 20 minutes.  Add salt to taste (it might need quite a bit to taste like soy sauce) and stir to dissolve.  Refrigerate in container with tight lid for 4 to 7 days.  Makes about 3/4 cup.

That’s it!  Easy, peasy!  Granted, you could always purchase Coconut Aminos, which is also GAPS-legal, but this recipe is so easy to whip up why would you?  *wink*  We are really enjoying this in our household, and I can now add stir-fry recipes to our menu rotation.  I hope you enjoy it, too!  Happy Independence Day, everyone!

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This could double as a Worcestershire sauce substitute, and the original recipe can be found here.

*  I am currently allergic to vinegar and always substitute with lemon juice.  If you use balsamic vinegar, make sure all the ingredients are GAPS legal.  Thanks to Starlene for pointing this out!

Shared on Make Your Own! Monday.

  • michelle m

    Great recipe, Leola! I have been buying the coconut aminos one bottle seems kind of pricey. Plus it’s sometimes hard to find in stores. This is perfect!

    • TheUrbanHearth

      Thanks, Michelle!

  • I thought I would mention that balsamic vinegar is on the foods to avoid list — unless you make sure the brand you are using does not contain sugar.

    • TheUrbanHearth

      Thanks, Starlene! I’ll modify the recipe.

  • Oh, and I meant to say thanks for the suggestion to use as Worcestershire sauce because my son loves that stuff and I need to get it out of the house since I know it has some stuff in it I don’t want him using.

    • TheUrbanHearth

      You’re welcome, and thanks for stopping by!

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  • Justmesoyfree

    I’ve been looking for something like this for what feels like an age, but I can do vinegar so I just gave up. I never knew you could replace balsamic vinegar with lemon juice. This is wonderful, thank you so much!

    • Justmesoyfree


      Sorry just so excited!

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