What is coconut aminos?
Coconut aminos is a delicious sauce made from coconut sap. It is dark, rich, salty and slightly sweet in flavor. It resembles a light soy sauce or tamari (wheat free soy sauce), but it is soy free and gluten free – making it the perfect replacement for those avoiding soy and gluten. To make coconut aminos, the sap is collected from the coconut blossoms, then blended with sea salt and naturally aged.
What are the benefits of coconut aminos?
Aside from being soy free and gluten free, coconut aminos is low GI and packed with minerals, vitamin C, and B vitamins.
As the name suggests, it is high in amino acid, containing 17 different types. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, and are essential to our health and nutrition. Amino acids play a vital role in muscle repair, brain and nervous system function. They also assist in boosting the immune system and physical energy levels. Coconut aminos have been found to contain 14 times the amount of amino acids found in soy sauce.
Due to the way the sauce is processed, it remains raw and enzymatically alive – which means it is better for you!
How do I use coconut aminos?
Coconut aminos can be used exactly as you would use soy sauce or tamari. For that umami flavor (aka awesome savouriness), add it to the salad dressings, marinades, stir-fries, soups and stews or as a dipping sauce – the possibilities are endless. To get you started we’ve compiled some recipes for you.
Best coconut aminos recipes
Sauces and dressings
- Paleo Hoisin Sauce
- A dipping sauce for Paleo Sushi
- Paleo Satay Sauce (peanut free!)
- Zingy Ginger Salad Dressing
Marinades and meat dishes
- Portuguese Chicken Wings
- 3-hour Lemon Grass Short Ribs
- Chicken Larb Salad
- Balsamic Lamb Stuffed Mushrooms
- Sticky Chicken Drumsticks with Asian Slaw
- Asian-style Pork Meatballs
- Marinated Pork Kebobs
- Beef and Vegetable Stirfry
- Beef Jerky
- Salty Toasted Bar Nuts
Where can I buy coconut aminos?
You should be able to find it in your local health food store or online. If in Australia, we like coconut aminos from Niulife, in USA or the UK you can definitely find coconut aminos in Wholefoods, on iHerb and Amazon, and just Google it for other countries.
An alternative to coconut aminos
If you react badly to coconut, or like me, you just can’t find it locally and the cost of shipping is prohibitive (any readers know where to find it in Berlin?) you can try making your own alternate version. Here’s a recipe for a coconut aminos and soy sauce replacement from Melissa of the Clothes Make The Girl. If you make it let us know what you think. Otherwise, I don’t mind using some Tamari wheat-free soy sauce every now and then, just make sure it says ‘Naturally Brewed’.
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