Is there a suitable soy substitute?

Is there a way to omit the soy sauce but get a similar result? I know coconut aminos might add too much sweetness. I developed an intolerance to soy a few years ago and I’m still figuring out whether I can modify foods I used to love to bring them back into my life.

Caramelized Pork Bánh Mì
Recipe question for: Caramelized Pork Bánh Mì


AntoniaJames November 11, 2019
I've had to use coconut aminos for guests who cannot tolerate soy. In a dish like this, I'd mix lime juice in with the coconut aminos along with just a touch of fish sauce to boost the umami + salt, both of which seem to be sorely lacking with coconut aminos. ;o)
P.S. For stir fries where lime isn't an obvious add-in, I add a splash of rice vinegar.
boulangere November 9, 2019
I can't have soy either, Miranda. I have good luck using a 50-50 blend of coconut aminos and fish sauce.
Nancy November 9, 2019
Worcestershire sauce.
Not exact, but good.
Stephanie B. November 9, 2019
I thought worcestershire sauce had soy sauce in it?
Nancy November 9, 2019
Stephanie -
Not in the Lea and Perrins (basic, well-known brand according to various sources).
Could be in some other brands I don't know.
If you want to avoid soy, read label list on the brand you might buy.
Stephanie B. November 9, 2019
Good to know, thanks Nancy!
Stephanie B. November 9, 2019
Coconut aminos might be your best bet. Maybe decrease the brown sugar and/or maple syrup when you're mixing the marinade to account for the sweetness from the coconut aminos.
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