12 Surprisingly Delicious Soy Sauce Recipes from Meatballs to Cookies

We all know soy sauce as the condiment that comes with our egg rolls when we order Chinese take-out, but this under-utilized flavor-enhancer should really shine as the star of your dinner table. If you don’t have a bottle and just rely on those little packets of free soy sauce, shame on you! You’re going to seriously stock up after reading these recipes that take full advantage of the savory flavor.

We have composed a list of 12 soy sauce recipes that will not only make you re-think those packets that are piling up in your junk drawer, but are sure to show the full potential of this umami-rich condiment.

1. Slow Cooker Meatballs

Combining the flavors of rich soy sauce and spicy hot sauce, this easy recipe will ignite the taste buds of your guests at your next gathering.

Easy and flavorful, start by combining both beef and pork, or just buy some frozen meatballs, either way this recipe will be a favorite. Add a few strips of bacon to the pot, too, to get some serious flavor flowing.

2. Marinated Venison Steaks

NYT Cooking

Soy sauce is one of the best flavors to use when marinating any kind of meat, but in this venison recipe, it packs a flavor profile that will enhance the aromatic richness of venison.

3. Salty Sesame and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Joy the Baker

Satisfy your sweet and salty tooth with this dark chocolate and black sesame-studded dessert.

This recipe is a soy sauce-infused twist on the classic childhood favorite that will be hard to keep in your cookie jar.

4. Honey Soy Shrimp

Jo Cooks

This super quick, super delicious recipe will be on your dinner table in about 15 minutes and combines the scrumptious flavors of soy sauce and zesty Sriracha.

5. Leek and Mushroom Risotto

Infuse this Italian classic with the rich umami flavor of soy sauce and watch with delight as your family gobbles up this hearty dish.

This decadent recipe is great served as a main course or on the side of char-broiled pork chops. A dash of chicken stock makes this divine.

6. Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies

Damn Delicious

With a prep time of only 10 minutes, this recipe is perfect for those busy weeknights when you need to get a delicious and healthy meal on the table, fast.

We like ours with extra garlic cloves, please.

7. Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings

Spice up any game night with these zesty, soy sauce-infused chicken wings.

Combining the sweet and smoky flavors of Jamaica, this recipe is sure to be a hit at your next gathering.

8. Soy Sauce and Brown Sugar Ice Cream

Kikkoman USA

I bet you never thought of putting soy sauce on your ice cream?

This recipe takes the rich umami flavors of dark soy sauce and cooks them down into a creamy, caramel-y ice cream that will have your whole family screaming for seconds.

9. Vegan Singapore Noodles

Minimalist Baker

Your favorite take-out noodle dish can be made in your home in about 30 minutes with this easy and healthy recipe.

Combining the spicy, smoky flavors of curry powder, with the dense, richness of soy sauce, this vegan recipe is a great way to lighten up your favorite take-out dish. Add an extra dash for the dipping sauce!

10. Fried Cauliflower in Garlic and Ginger Sauce

Lord Byron’s Kitchen

Combing the rich flavors or sesame oil, sesame seeds, garlic, ginger, and soy sauce, these crispy cauliflower florets will entice the most discerning of taste buds and help coax your kids to eat their veggies.

11. Really Juicy Burgers

The Kitchn

Use this recipe to channel the power of soy sauce and make the most moist, most meaty, and most delicious burgers at your next BBQ.

12. Chocolate Lava Cakes

Kikkoman USA

In this recipe, the soy sauce brings out the sweet richness of the chocolate, leaving these decadent lava cakes filled with added flavor and melty, chocolatey goodness.

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