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Apr 20, 2014 09:37 AM

Coconut aminos as soy sauce alternative

Okay, so curiosity has gotten the best of me, and I've been hunting down info on coconut aminos, as I've been seeing this product mentioned in more and more recipes. Basically, it's fermented raw coconut sap and salt, which is supposed to taste like soy sauce, but be healthier for you because of all the amino acids in it.

The best comparison site I've seen to compare soy sauce, tamari and coconut aminos is this page:

My question is, does it really taste like soy sauce, or does it have a different taste, like tamari does vs. soy sauce?

I'm having a devil of a time finding a bottle to try out without paying outrageous shipping costs for a single bottle. Even the new Hong Phat supermarket here in Portland—which stocks several high-end 40°N fish sauces—doesn't have it, but one of the employees there was nice enough to google it on his phone to see where they might stock it if they did carry it, as he'd never heard of it.

Has anyone ever tried it? Been successful finding a store which stocks it? Have any personal pros or cons to report based on personal use?

Thanks in advance for any info you might have.

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  1. I've not been able to find any reputable citation that soy is unhealthy for anyone. Here's an article that may help in your decision making.

    1. whole foods carries it

      it tastes much different than tamari or soy to me, but will give some semblance of an umami flavor. it's different - but worth trying if you can find a bottle, and the only real alternative for raw "cooking" (i have also seen raw nama shoyu at WF.. it costs even more than the coconut aminos!) Personally, i use it sparingly. I definitely taste a sweetness to it.

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      1. re: rmarisco

        Well right you are! Don't know why I didn't think of WF. I just called and they have an 8 oz. bottle for $5.95 at the location right around the corner from the Trader Joe's I was planning on swinging by this afternoon in the Hollywood District.

        Thank you!

        I've some chicken drumsticks in the fridge just waiting for a turmeric marinade I wanted to use on them today—think I'll try it out in that recipe.

        1. re: rmarisco

          Is there any kind of coconut flavor?

            1. re: Chris VR

              No, it tastes like soy sauce. I have been using it for anything that wants soy sauce in it. since soy is bad for cancer. (It has to much estrogen in it)

          1. Unless you have some serious medical situation that prevents you from having sodium i would stick with soy sauce. Coconut aminos are similar in flavor but really not quite the same depth or umami factor as soy. And easily 4xs more expensive.

            1. Whole foods carries it. It's popular with the paleo and gf crowd.

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                1. re: c oliver

                  Because, as ohmyyum indicated, coconut aminos are GF and Paleo. Soy sauce is not.

                  1. re: c oliver

                    Soy sauce typically has wheat gluten, so gluten free eaters avoid it.

                    1. re: Chris VR

                      Thanks for answering a sincere question.

                      1. re: Chris VR

                        Bragg's soy aminos are also gluten free. So, if soy is not an issue...

                        1. re: KarenDW

                          Some people, aware of the dangers of MSG, also want to avoid glutamic acid and anything related to MSG.

                        2. re: Chris VR

                          Just a note for those interested -
                          Traditional Korean soy sauce does not use wheat, just soybeans, water, and salt.
                          Some larger Korean markets in the US now carry "Joseon Ganjang", which is the traditional type. (You still need to check labels as some brands say they are traditional, but still include wheat)

                    2. Netrition has them, they have a shipping rate at under 5 bucks most of the time.