Soy Sauce Marinade

This delicious soy sauce marinade is perfect for salmon, steak, chicken or pork. It adds amazing flavor to grilled or roasted poultry, meat or fish!

If you are looking for a new way to add flavor to your fish, chicken, pork or beef, then try quick and easy this Soy Sauce Marinade.

Soy sauce is often used in marinades and sauces and has been a staple in Chinese and Asian cooking for over 1000 years. It's an incredibly versatile ingredient and adds lots of umami flavor to whatever dish you use it in.

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Soy sauce is known by different names in different regions of Asia. 

Japan - shoyu 

Korea - ganjang 

Indonesia - ketjap manis 

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It  is made from a combination of fermented soy beans, salt and wheat but the methods used to produce it can vary. This means that different varieties can have slightly different colors, tastes and textures.

The traditional way to make soy sauce is to soak soy beans in water, and to roast and crush wheat. The soy beans and wheat are then mixed with a culturing mold that helps them ferment over the course of a few days. Water and salt are then added and the mixture is then left to ferment for anywhere between five to eight months. Finally, it is poured onto a cloth and pressed to release the liquid - soy sauce. The soy sauce is then pasteurized which helps kill off any bacteria before it is bottled.

The differences between light and dark soy sauce

Light soy sauce, believe it or not, is actually saltier than dark and tends to be used as a dipping sauce, or when cooking with fish and poultry.

Dark soy sauce has a longer fermentation period which results in its darker color. Dark soy sauce is best used in marinades and when cooking with dark meats.

Soy sauce is a great replacement for salt and adds plenty of depth of flavor to your sauces without overpowering them. 

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Soy sauce isn't just good for marinades - there are lots of other great ways you can use it!

- Salad dressings: use one tablespoon of soy sauce per tablespoon of oil. You can then add some acidity to your dressing with citrus or vinegar, plus your favorite herbs and spices for a fuller flavor

- Glazes: to give your roasted or pan-fried dishes a tantalizing shine and a richer flavor, mix equal parts of soy sauce with honey or maple syrup and brush it over your meat or veggies.

- Seasoning: add a touch to start with and taste your food as you go. Use it in stews, noodle dishes or to drizzle over beautifully baked fish.

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Good to know: Japan has another version of soy sauce called tamari, which does not include wheat. This makes it ideal for those who follow a gluten-free diet. 

More marinades to try...

Chicken Kebab Marinade

Simple Steak Marinade

Asian Salmon Marinade


Soy Sauce Marinade

  1 Servings


  • 1/3 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard Powder


  1. In small mixing bowl combine all ingredients and then and whisk until combined.
  2. If using right away, pouring over steak, chicken, or pork and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.
  3. To use later, store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


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Author: Cyd Converse
Recipe Yields: 1 serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 432
Calories 691

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 54g
  Saturated Fat 7g
Sodium 5100mg
Total Carbohydrate 45g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 33g
Protein 6g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
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