Using Soy Sauce

Various uses of soy sauce

The ingredient list in a recipe will always tell you how much soy sauce to use. But what if you decide to be creative and make up your own recipes? How do you know how much soy sauce to use – whether you’re working with an ingredient list or not? We're going to explain how to achieve the best results by using the right quantities of our soy sauce when you’re cooking, marinating, glazing or seasoning.

Soy sauce in salad dressings

There isn’t a rule of thumb about how much soy sauce to put in a fresh salad dressing, but you can’t go wrong if you use one dessert spoon of soy sauce for every dessert spoon of oil. You won’t need any salt or vinegar, but you can add other seasonings, lemon juice or fresh herbs to adjust the flavour. Experiment a little, and you’ll soon build up your confidence.

Soy sauce for cooking

When you use soy sauce in cooking, the amount you use depends on the flavour you want to achieve. Professional chefs and experienced cooks simply add a few splashes of soy sauce at the end of the cooking process and then adjust the flavour. One of the best things about Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce is that it brings out the natural flavour of fresh foods. If you use it as a seasoning, you’ll never end up serving a meal that only tastes of soy sauce to your guests.

Soy sauce for glazing

If you want to cook a crisp and delicious-looking roast with an appetising glaze, simply brush on a mixture of soy sauce and honey when it’s almost cooked and pop it back in the oven for a few minutes. You can also use our Kikkoman Sauce for Rice – Sweet, which is famous for its sweet-savoury flavour, to glaze roasts.

Soy sauce for marinades

Soy sauce is a great base flavour in all kinds of marinades for meat, fish or vegetables. When you’re making your own marinade, use around 3 to 4 tablespoons of soy sauce for each portion (approx. 120 to 150g), plus the other ingredients and seasonings. Just remember that the ratio of soy sauce to other liquid ingredients should be around 2:1. If you’re looking for a ready-made soy sauce marinade, look no further than our range of Teriyaki sauces. They come in a variety of flavours: from roasted garlic to honey and toasted sesame. When you marinate barbecue foods, scrape off the herbs and spices and dab the foods dry before cooking them to prevent any burnt bits.

Soy sauce for seasoning

You’re the boss! The amount of soy sauce you use at the table depends on what you're eating. A dash or two of soy sauce will always add body to the flavour of your dishes. Our dispenser is perfect for table-top seasoning.

Did you know?

Soy sauce is a great seasoning because it adds a special, full-bodied flavour to meat, fish, sauces and vegetables – and not just in Asian dishes! Why’s that? Because soy sauce is rich in Umami and an ideal substitute for salt.