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What is a good substitute for salt other than Soy Sauce? Thanks!

asked by a Whole Foods Market Customer over 2 years ago
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added over 2 years ago

Fish sauce is awesome, although it obviously has a ton of fishy flavor. We love it, but if you're vegetarian or vegan it's probably not what you're looking for. Liquid aminos (Bragg's) is another good option for a liquid salt-replacer. However, you can also add salt via cheese, cured fish (anchovies, sardines, salt herring), shrimp paste, or even miso.

added over 2 years ago

Soy sauce has a great deal of salt in it, so instead of using it to reduce the salt in a dish, you are actually adding both salt and the flavor of fermented soy. If reducing the salt in a dish is your goal, soy sauce is not the way to do it.

Depending on what you are using it in, a little lemon zest will add a salt-like spark to a dish. Nothing, however, replaces salt's natural ability to enhance flavors in that special way.


Pegeen is a trusted home cook.

added over 2 years ago

When you reduce salt, add herbs and marinating time for flavor.


Sam is a trusted home cook.

added over 2 years ago

There's nothing wrong with Potassium Chloride salt substitutes.
If the chemical sounding name scares you, you might also consider eliminating Dihydrogen Monoxide from your diet.


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added over 2 years ago

A squirt of fresh lemon juice acts much like salt to bring out the flavors of whatever food you want to enhance. Soy sauce (and fish sauce, too) have a whole lot of sodium in them. I'm guessing it's sodium you want to avoid?

added over 2 years ago

Other than soy sauce and fish sauce, I sometimes use oyster sauce, miso, fermented bean sauce, fermented bean curds or vegemite.