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Soy Sauce vs. Tamari


While you can substitute tamari for soy sauce, and vice versa, there are differences. Both are made from fermented soybeans, soy flavored sauce originated in China, tamari comes from Japan and is generally darker, richer flavored and less salty than soy sauce, making it a gentler choice, especially for when you are using it in dressings and dips.

Both soy sauce and tamari can contain wheat, but wheat-free versions of tamari are available in most Asian groceries, making it better for anyone with gluten allergies. Shôyu is the Japanese word for soy sauce.


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