Friday Favorite: San-J Wheat Free Soy Sauce

Basically, I don’t know what I would do without it. I love the stuff. San-J Wheat Free Soy Sauce.

I actually brought a bottle with me to my local Chinese Restaurant when I met a few girlfriends for dinner a few weeks ago. They also gave it a try and decided it tasted just as good as the “regular” soy sauce. So it also has the non-GF seal of approval.

My San-J, as I lovingly call it, turned my steamed broccoli, chicken and white rice into a flavorful Chinese meal, not just a bland, tasteless dish that made me yearn for PuPu platters and potstickers. Before San-J I thought that I would never be able to truly enjoy Chinese food again.

At the end of the evening, I opened my fortune cookie (for the fortune only, not the cookie!) and my fortune was, “Believe it can be done.”

And yes –  Thanks to San-J it can.


7 Responses to “Friday Favorite: San-J Wheat Free Soy Sauce”

  1. Lynn Arola Says:

    I was also very happy when I discovered this sauce. I can bring an order of California roll home from the sushi place and add a little of this sauce when I am ready to eat. Love it.

  2. gfe-gluten free easily Says:

    San-J even has the small carry-out packages for its wheat free soy sauce. I believe you have to buy a large quantity, so you might want to go in on an order with a friend. They have a whole list of other gf sauces, too. A lot of us rely on San-J!


  3. Kathleen Reale Says:


    I contacted San-J to see if they sell the single serve in smaller packets for easier transport to the restaurants – I will keep everyone posted!

    Thanks for the info!

    Be Free!

  4. Jeremy F. Says:

    I actually prefer the San-J Reduced Sodium Wheat Free Soy Sauce. But otherwise I agree completely with your sentiments. Given the amount of salads I eat for lunch at work (not by choice) I add it as salad dressing along with oil and balsamic vinegar to change things up.

    Over eggs, even as a salt alternative in savory dishes I’ll add some of this. I always bring a bottle of my own whenever I go out for Asian fare. On that note, I have found that some Chinese restaurants, even though they put the cheap glutenous soy sauce out on the tables, the better places use the wheat free soy sauce exclusively for cooking. The chefs say that “proper” Chinese soy sauce does not have wheat. So I have my short list of approved Chinese establishments at which I know I can safely eat their sauces (still after having checked everything out).

  5. Kathleen Reale Says:


    Wow! Thanks for all of the info!

    I think that I may try the San-J Reduced Sodium version next time I buy it… keeping sodium in check is always good, especially because I use ALOT of this soy sauce!

    And THANKS for letting us know about the “ancient Chinese secret” about non-glutinous soy sauce being used in the kitchens! That is something I will check out next time at my local place.

    Be Free!

    P.S. Off the record: But does anyone else remember that Calgon commercial in the early 70’s?!

  6. gfe-gluten free easily Says:

    Thanks, Kathleen. I’ll look forward to the answer, so I can share it with the support group I lead. And, yes, I do remember that commercial. 😉


  7. Jeremy F. Says:

    Kathleen, since I know you are a local; the Chef Orient in Framingham was the first place I discovered that the chef’s use exclusively wheat free soy sauce. I have only verified this on the Chinese half. So I can’t speak for the Japanese half of the restaurant.


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