If you are looking for a gluten-free soy sauce alternative or just for a couple of new flavors, try these two MSG and preservative-free, non-GMO, Japanese-influenced condiments made by American companies . . . a cross cultural alphabet soup of tasty, healthy goodness. I can hear my mother’s voice in my head asking, “what is that weird stuff you’re eating in California?” But there’s nothing strange or odd-tasing about either one of these items, mom. Sure, they may not carry these in your local Schnucks or Safeway, but they’re readily available in natural food stores and inexpensive to order on Amazon.
The first one is an awesome find for soy sauce fans wanting to eliminate gluten from your diet. Look no more for that perfect substitute . . . Bragg’s Liquid Aminos have come to the rescue. It’s a gluten-free, preservative-free umami-packed goodness in a bottle that looks, smells, and tastes remarkably similar to supermarket soy sauce.
Bragg’s Liquid Aminos smells richer and earthier when compared to Kikkoman soy sauce, the consistency is slightly thicker, and the taste is more complex and full-bodied. This succulent flavor is reflected in the serving size; just 1/2 teaspoon of Bragg’s Aminos packs the same punch as 1 tablespoon of soy sauce. In this case, you will want to follow that serving size guideline . . . you actually won’t need, or want, to use more than that.
It’s about double the price of an inexpensive soy sauce, but the contents will last much longer than soy. Give it a try.
The second one is Eden Shake. Eden Shake is a mixture of black and white sesame seeds, pickled red shiso leaf, and nori seaweed. In Japan this type of mixture is called furikake, a dried seasoning to keep on the table to use like salt and pepper.
You will want something delicious to make with your Liquid Aminos and Eden Shake. I made a Mark Bittman-inspired ponzu. Ponzu is a Japanese citrus, soy, and sea vegetable sauce that you can use to marinate meat or seafood, mix with oil as a salad dressing, or as a dip for spring rolls and potstickers. The Eden Shake works nicely as a seasoning.
- ½ cup Bragg's liquid aminos
- ⅓ cup lemon juice (about 2 freshly squeezed lemons)
- 3 tbsp lime juice (about 2 freshly squeezed limes)
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 2 tbsp mirin
- 2 tbsp Eden Shake
- pinch crushed red pepper
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Stir well
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before use.
I made this to drizzle over albacore and asparagus one night and as a dipping sauce for panko salmon nuggets a few days later. The flavor really develops over time – use sparingly!