Soy sauce is a condiment which originated in China over 2,000 years ago. Soy sauce is also commonly used in cooking, it is mostly found in East and Southeast Asian recipes. It is great in stir-fries, marinades, and even in salad dressings. Try our amazing Thai chicken salad!
Soy sauce has a really distinct taste, its a great balance of sweet, savoury and salty. This balance makes it a great ingredient in marinades especially for meats like chicken and fish.
Types of soy sauce
Soy sauce has a few basic ingredients; soybeans, wheat, salt and a fermenting agent like mould or yeast.
- Light Soy Sauce – Is most commonly used as a condiment, it has a lighter colour and has a slightly saltier taste. If a recipe calls for soy sauce they are usually referring to light soy sauce!
- Dark Soy Sauce – As its name implies has a darker colour. It’s darker because it’s aged longer. The maturing process also thickens it slightly. It’s slightly less salty but the taste is stronger.
You can also find low-sodium soy sauce if you are following a low sodium diet.
Because if it’s wheat content, most soy sauce is not gluten-free. However, If you have a gluten intolerance there are some soy sauces that don’t contain gluten or another substitute is the Japanese tamari but its always best to check the label.
There are about 53 calories in 100ml of soy sauce, it is also completely vegan and safe for pregnant women and nursing mothers.