Frequently asked Questions

How much soy sauce do I need to use?

The amount of soy sauce that you use depends on the dish that you are cooking and, obviously, on your personal preferences. The advantage of using Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce is that you can never “over season” foods with it. Kikkoman brings out the natural flavours of the ingredients without masking them. With other soy sauces, especially chemically produced ones, if you add a few drops too many their intensive, synthetic aroma and flavour can overpower and ruin the dish.

Do I still need salt if I use soy sauce?

You don't need to use any salt at all if you season your dish with soy sauce. Soy sauce is the perfect substitute for salt! People who prefer a reduced-salt diet can use Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Less Salt Soy Sauce.

How should soy sauce be stored?

It is best to store the open bottle in the refrigerator where the soy sauce is protected from the effects of light and heat.

Is soy sauce only suitable for Asian dishes?

Despite having Asian origins, Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce is a universal seasoning. It’s perfect for Asian dishes and for other types of cuisine - from soup to salad, meat to fish and vegetables to pasta.

How can you tell that a soy sauce is naturally brewed?

By its colour, flavour and aroma. However, it's difficult to sample the product at the supermarket. The best thing to do is take a close look at the list of ingredients. Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce only contains the four natural ingredients of soybeans, wheat, water and salt. It doesn't contain any colourings or flavour enhancers. And it’s naturally brewed rather than chemically brewed.

Does Kikkoman contain synthetic additives?

Kikkoman Soy Sauce only contains the four natural ingredients of soybeans, wheat, water and salt. These are combined in a natural fermentation process to create Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce. No additives whatsoever are used.

Which Kikkoman soy sauces are vegan?

Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce, Naturally Brewed Less Salt Soy Sauce and Tamari Gluten-free Soy Sauce all have Europe-wide V-Label certification. You can find further information here.

What about the other Kikkoman sauces that have no V-Label symbol? Are they vegan, too?

Even if the products don’t feature the V-Label symbol, the majority of them are vegan. This information is provided on every product page on the Kikkoman website. We are also planning to obtain V-Label certification for other sauces in the range.

Is there a difference between the soy sauce in the designer dispenser bottle and the soy sauce in the „normal“ bottle?

No, there’s no difference. Both products are the same naturally brewed soy sauce. They’ve just been filled into different bottles. The iconic designer bottle beautifies the dining table. It’s an aesthetic dispenser that enhances the seasoning experience and gives maximum pouring control. The designer bottle is also refillable and dishwasher safe.

Are Kikkoman PET bottles BPA-free?

Yes, our PET bottles are BPA-free. This also includes our plastic foil (sachet), glass bottle, plastic bottle, plastic can, plastic bag, plastic drum, plastic container and plastic caps.

What’s the difference between Chinese and Japanese soy sauces?

Chinese soy sauce is brewed for a shorter time than Japanese soy sauce. Many Chinese soy sauces also have a higher salt content than their Japanese counterparts. Also, some Chinese soy sauces are blended products, which means they are a combination of fermented and chemically produced soy sauces. Chinese soy sauces often contain additives.

Is Kikkoman Soy Sauce a Chinese soy sauce?

Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce is a Japanese soy sauce. However, it can also be used to season Chinese foods. It’s a universal seasoning.

What’s the difference between Kikkoman Soy Sauce and other soy sauces?

Four pure ingredients, a natural brewing process and around 300 different aromas are the secret of Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce, which is produced according to a 300+ year-old recipe.

How is soy sauce made?

Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce is made according to a 300+ years old recipe in a six-month natural brewing process. Only the four pure ingredients of soy sauce, wheat, water and salt are used. The soy sauce contains no additives whatsoever. Click here to read about the various stages of the production process.

What nutritional values does Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce have?

Our Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce has the following nutritional values per 100 ml:

What are the nutritional values for Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Less Salt Soy Sauce?

Our Naturally Brewed Less Salt Soy Sauce has the following nutritional values per 100 ml:

Is Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce gluten-free?

The gluten in Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce is below the detection limit of 10 ppm (according to tests by independent institutes). We recommend Tamari Gluten-free Soy Sauce for people with gluten intolerance.

Is Kikkoman Soy Sauce made from genetically-modified soybeans?

Kikkoman takes great care to ensure that only high quality ingredients are used it its natural production process. That’s why all Kikkoman products manufactured in The Netherlands are produced exclusively with non-GMO soybeans.

Are Kikkoman products manufactured in Japan?

Kikkoman naturally brewed soy sauce products for the European market are manufactured in Sappemeer (The Netherlands). Only pure ingredients are used in the production of the naturally brewed soy sauce. The soy beans are purchased in Brazil, Canada or the U.S.A., the wheat is grown in Germany and salt and water are from the Netherlands. All ingredients are subjected to the very strictest quality checks and only non-GMO soy beans are used. Soybeans from Brazil are supplied only by our suppliers who has ProTerra certification. The ProTerra Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that advances and promotes sustainability at all levels of the feed and food production system. For more information about Proterra, please go to