soy sauce


variants or less commonly soy or chiefly British soya sauce
: a brown, salty liquid that is made by subjecting soybeans and roasted grain (such as wheat) to long fermentation in brine and is used especially in Asian cooking and as a condiment
At its most basic, soy sauce is a fermented liquid made from soybeans and wheat. Soybeans contribute a strong, pungent taste, while wheat lends sweetness.Lisa McManuse
My most recent kick has been Chinese. For more than a year now I've been stir-frying everything in ginger and garlic and adding soy sauce.Andrew A. Rooney
see shoyu

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There are five main types of broth — shio (salt), shoyu (soy sauce), miso, tonkotsu (pork), tsukemen (dipping style) — and toppings range from homemade wontons to slices of pork and sweet corn. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 29 Apr. 2023 The chicken is sliced, draped with a gravy of soy sauce, sesame oil and chicken stock, and garnished with cured cucumbers. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2023 In a large bowl, stir together the sesame seeds, mirin, soy sauce, sake, sugar, and cayenne (if using). Christopher Kimball,, 25 Apr. 2023 Despite their bad reputation, mold, yeast, and fungus are responsible for some of the tastiest things in our lives, such as blue cheese, bread, pizza crust, soy sauce, miso, and of course mushrooms and truffles. Mike Desimone And Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 25 Apr. 2023 Enlarge / Empty traditional jars (onggi, 옹기), used for storing kimchi, gochujang, doenjang, soy sauce, and other pickled banchan (side dishes). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 17 Apr. 2023 Step 4Meanwhile, in medium bowl, combine ketchup, Worcestershire, soy sauce, and 1 teaspoon vinegar. Tina Martinez, Good Housekeeping, 17 Apr. 2023 Traditionally, Orange Chicken sauce contains orange zest, orange juice, soy sauce, ginger, vinegar, stock, and corn starch. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 25 Mar. 2023 To make the marinade, combine garlic, soy sauce, lemon juice, olive oil and cayenne pepper, if using, in a deep bowl. Megan Marples, CNN, 20 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1775, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of soy sauce was in 1775

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“Soy sauce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

soy sauce

: a brown sauce made from soybeans and used especially in Chinese and Japanese cooking
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