Saturday, February 11, 2012

Oyster Sauce - Gluten Free, Corn Free, Soy Free

Oyster Sauce is a thick salty/sweet sauce that is an ingredient in many Asian dishes.    I searched on the internet for homemade oyster sauce, because I wanted to avoid corn and soy.   I combined several recipes that I found and came up with my own.  
Below I have listed the alternative ingredients depending on your allergies ( soy vs no soy, or corn vs no corn). 
 I loved how this one tasted as compared to the store brand, Lee Kum Kee  Oyster Sauce.   Now I do have to admit that I didn't have time to go through the whole process of boiling chopped oysters and pressing through a sieve, so I cheated and used  a bottle of clam juice instead.  If you have time and money to prepare the oysters then this would certainly be more authentic, and recommended. 

3/4 tsp  Raw Organic Vegan Coconut Aminos or Gluten Free Soy Sauce
1 tsp molasses
1 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1-1/2 tsp arrowroot starch or cornstarch 


  • In a small saucepan add all of the ingredients except arrowroot starch.
  • Let simmer on medium heat until it begins to boil.  Stir occasionally.
  • Remove 3 Tbsp of sauce from the pan and place into a small bowl.  Whisk in arrowroot starch. Add arrowroot mixture back into saucepan that is slowly boiling.
  • Stir until thickened.
  • Remove from heat and let cool completely.
  • Pour into an airtight container.  Refrigerate.
  • (Not sure how long this will keep in the refrigerator.  I used it the next day.)

For those who don't want a seafood influence I found this recipe at
I haven't tried it but you could also make this soy free and corn free by using the following adaptions:

1/2 -1 slice of ginger grated
2 Tbsp  Raw Organic Vegan Coconut Aminos or GF Soy Sauce
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp arrowroot starch or cornstarch
1-1/2 Tbsp water
Add all the ingredients together and microwave it for 30 seconds.  ( I think I would prefer to simmer it on the stove and add the arrowroot at the end, like above.)
Ingredients in the clam juice.


  1. Hi.. You may want to change the microwave time to 30 seconds :)

  2. Quick question, how many oysters would you use to water for your recipe above?