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Basic Recipe Substitutions for Soy Allergy
Soy Substitutes for Cooking and Baking
The following is a general guide to using ingredient substitutions for soy allergy. Please verify the ingredients and safety of any products named to ensure that it is safe for your child’s unique allergy issues.
If you need additional assistance in finding product suggestions or where to find ingredients for substituting, post a message in the KFA Food and Cooking forum (for KFA Family Members) to obtain suggestions from other parents of food allergic children who are also managing the same food allergies.
Substitutes for Soy OilSoy oil can be substituted with another oil safe for the allergies you are managing. Canola oil has a mild flavor and is a good substitute for baked goods or desserts, while oils with a distinct flavor such as corn oil or olive oil can be substituted in savory dishes.
Substituting for Soy MargarinesSoy-free margarines can be substituted with real butter if you are not managing a milk allergy. For those needing a milk- and soy-free margarine (that is also free of soy oil and soy lecithin), the only options are Earth Balance Soy Free Natural Buttery Spread and Kosher for Passover margarines that are available in the early months of each year when makers of Kosher margarines reformulate their products to be free of legumes. At other times of year, the Kosher margarines will have soy in them, so read packaging carefully. Kosher for Passover margarines freeze well. If you purchase in bulk and double wrap, you can buy a supply that will last from one year to the next. Some Kosher web sites may have Passover margarine available throughout the year. Be sure to verify the ingredients to make sure it is the Kosher for Passover version.
Substituting for Soy Sauce
Substituting for Teriyaki SauceTeriyaki sauce is another sauce for which there is no true replacement; however, two other options to try are a sweet and sour sauce if you can find one with ingredients safe for the allergies you are managing, or a combination of balsamic vinegar, orange juice, white or brown sugar, water, olive oil and pepper.
Substituting for Soybean Paste (Miso)For recipes calling for soybean paste, non-soy-based miso pastes are available that are made of chick peas and rice or azuki beans and rice from South River Miso.
Soy Free Recipes from Safe Eats™The following free recipes are available for you to preview the quality of soy allergy safe recipes in our Safe Eats ™ recipe database.
Approved by KFA Medical Advisory Team January 2008. Updated April 2009 and May 2013.