Better-Than-Soy-Sauce (A LoSo Soy Sauce Substitute)

Better-Than-Soy-Sauce (A LoSo Soy Sauce Substitute)
  • Yield : 1/2 cup
  • Servings : 8
  • Prep Time : 5m
  • Cook Time : 10m
  • Ready In : 3:15 h

This is a great soy sauce substitute that is packed with flavor!  There are only 8.5 mg of sodium in a 1-tablespoon serving.  Use this sauce in any Asian-inspired recipe that calls for soy sauce.

If you do not wish to discard the shiitake mushrooms called for in this recipe, save them to add to a stir fry our soup.  This sauce will keep for up to 6 weeks in the refrigerator.


  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 large cloves garlic, halved
  • 1 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 cup dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter


Step 1

Put all ingredients except butter into a small saucepan bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly. Allow mixture to simmer until liquid has been reduced to one third of its original volume, approximately 1/2 cup (this should take 5-10 minutes).

Step 2

Strain the mixture to remove the garlic, ginger, and mushrooms and discard. Return the liquid to the saucepan and reduce heat to low. Add butter and stir until melted.

Step 3

Allow the mixture to cool. Refrigerate at least 3 hours before using in your favorite recipes.

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

  • Sodium

    8.5 mg
  • Total Fat

    2.1 g
  • Saturated Fat

    1 g
  • Cholesterol

    3.8 mg
  • Carbohydrates

    11.1 g
  • Fiber

    0.7 g
  • Sugars

    4.9 g
  • Protein

    0.8 g

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