Which Soy Sauce Brands Are Gluten-Free?

It often comes as a shock to people who are new to the gluten-free diet that soy sauce usually isn't gluten-free. Most brands contain wheat as one of their primary ingredients. However, there is a type of soy sauce called tamari that's traditionally made without wheat. There's a small (but growing) number of tamari-style gluten-free soy sauce brands on the market. Here's what's available and where you can find it.


San-J Soy Sauce



San-J makes a wide variety of gluten-free soy sauce products, including regular and organic tamari-style soy sauce, plus regular and organic reduced-sodium gluten-free tamari-style soy sauce. You can purchase San-J in either bottles or one-serving travel packs.

San-J's products are certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), and San-J tests its products to contain less than five parts per million of gluten, or at a level of GF-5. Also, San-J does not use any gluten-based alcohols in its gluten-free soy sauce and other gluten-free products; the alcohols it uses are derived from sugarcane. You can find San-J products locally or buy them online.


Kikkoman Soy Sauce



Kikkoman makes several gluten-free products, including a tamari-style soy sauce that uses only water, soybeans, rice, and salt; a premium tamari sauce made from water, salt, soybeans, and sugar; a sauce with 50% less sodium; and a sweet soy sauce for rice.

You can find these soy sauces in some grocery stores, or you can buy them online (by the case or by the bottle). When buying Kikkoman soy sauce, make sure you get a bottle marked with a gluten-free label. Kikkoman makes a wide variety of different soy sauces, and it's easy to pick up the wrong one if you're not careful.


Eden Organic Soy Sauce

Eden Foods

Eden Foods

Eden Foods has two different organic tamari-style gluten-free soy sauce products—one made in the United States and one imported from Japan. The sauce crafted in the U.S. is made from water, organic soybeans, organic alcohol, salt, and koji (steamed rice with cultivated koji mold spores, an ingredient also used to make sake).

The imported soy sauce is made from organic soybeans, sea salt, water, organic alcohol, organic soybean flour, and koji. You can buy Eden Foods soy sauces online and in a wide variety of grocery stores.


Kari-Out Soy Sauce Packets


Kari-Out Company

Kari-Out, a company that specializes in carry-out (get it?) packaging and condiments, offers low-sodium gluten-free soy sauce. Kari-Out's president, Paul Epstein, and his daughter, Lily, both have celiac disease. You can purchase Kari-Out gluten-free soy sauce packets in bulk at their website (450 at one time, or by the pail), or you can look for them at your local Chinese restaurant.


Wan Ja Shan Soy Sauce

Wan Ja Shan

Wan Ja Shan

Wan Ja Shan is based in Taiwan, but its products are brewed in New York. The company makes both regular and lower-sodium gluten- and wheat-free tamari soy sauces, using water, organic soybeans, salt, and (in the case of the lower-sodium version) organic vinegar.

The company advertises that it traditionally brews its soy sauces, allowing them to age for up to one year before they're bottled and marketed. Note that the wheat-free version may not necessarily be "gluten-free." You can find Wan Ja Shan soy sauces at Whole Foods, H.E.B., Harris Teeter, Sprouts Farmers Markets, and 99 Ranch Markets, or purchase them online.

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