4 Unique Ways to Use Soy Sauce

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Posted on: July 7, 2021

We’re all familiar with that tiny package of brown sauce that comes with our Asian takeout. Whether it’s poured over steamed rice or chicken lo mein, soy sauce has a delicious influence on taste. Many restrict soy sauce to Asian cuisine, but soy sauce has tremendous potential and a variety of uses. Here are four alternative ways to incorporate soy sauce into your recipes and make an epic meal. 

1. Recreate Butter

No dinner is complete without a fresh piece of Italian or French bread. What complements bread? Butter. Butter is naturally creamy and soft-tasting but can become something entirely new with just a few additional ingredients. Whether you have a preference for heat or salt, a combination of soy sauce and spices give your butter an all-new flavor.

Mix two parts softened butter with one part soy sauce and any additional spices that you like. Add cayenne pepper, ginger or garlic powder. Whatever you try, you won’t believe how it tastes on a fresh slice of bread!

2. Marinate Meat

Pour a couple tablespoons of San-J Tamari Soy Sauce into a food container or storage bag, and seal your meat in it for at least half an hour. Once the time is up, take it out and pat it with a paper towel to remove excess sauce. Then cook it!

Tamari Soy Sauce delivers a salty, umami flavor and helps the meat brown well on the heat. The browning allows you to turn off the heat before the meat begins to dry up. As a result, you can serve a juicy, flavorful steak or chicken breast. 

3. Give Veggies a Flair

We all know that soy sauce is dangerously good with your stir-fry veggies, but what about other meals? Add it to a vinaigrette. Tamari Soy Sauce brings a delicious and unique twist to your salads. Give your lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes a little more bite with just a few drops in your favorite dressing. It’s also perfect for balancing out sweeter foods in your salad, like berries.

Don’t forget to try soy sauce in other vegetable dishes, too. Even if it’s not stir-fry, soy sauce’s bite complements many vegetables, including edamame, broccoli and green beans. 

4. Make Pasta Sauce

You might never think to combine soy sauce with pasta sauce. If soy sauce works with meat and vegetables, why not with a combination of the two? Hold the salt and make your favorite spaghetti sauce with a tablespoon of San-J Tamari Lite 50% Less Sodium Soy Sauce. The low sodium content keeps your pasta from being too salty while enhancing the savory taste of the meatballs and balancing out the sweetness from your tomato sauce. 

No one will guess you put soy sauce in the dish, but you can trust that it will taste great!

Quality Sauces That Transform Your Favorite Foods

Don’t stick to the same old spices and recipes. Shake things up with delicious, quality sauces from San-J. Many of our products are gluten-free and non-GMO so everyone can enjoy the taste of Asian cuisine. Shop online or use our store locator to find our products in a store near you!