Frequently asked questions

Below you'll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about the Kikkoman product range. However, if you have a question that you can’t find on our website, please feel free to contact us.

What's the difference between Kikkoman Soy Sauce and cheaper brands?

In a nutshell, the way it is made! Kikkoman Soy Sauce is naturally brewed over several months, resulting in a top quality, richly coloured, aromatic soy sauce that is perfect for all types of seasoning. This is an instance when less is definitely more – Kikkoman contains only four ingredients: soybeans, wheat, salt and water.

Kikkoman Soy Sauce is Japanese. Can I use it in Chinese cooking?

Of course! In fact, you will find Kikkoman Soy Sauce in the very best Chinese restaurants. Kikkoman is also the choice of western chefs who appreciate its unique aromatic qualities.

Is soy sauce only suitable for oriental dishes?

Although soy sauce is widely used in oriental dishes, the aromatic flavour of Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce makes it the perfect seasoning for sauces, soups, salad dressings and many other western foods.

Is Kikkoman Soy Sauce made from genetically modified soybeans?

All Kikkoman sauces and marinades available in the UK are made using non-genetically modified soybeans and wheat.

How many calories are in Kikkoman Soy Sauce?

Very few! There's only 11 kcals per tablespoon of Kikkoman – and zero fat, making it the perfect way to add flavour to food for anyone on a calorie controlled diet. Kikkoman Teriyaki Marinade contains 14kcals per tablespoon.

I'm worried about salt in my diet. Isn't soy sauce very salty?

All soy sauces contain a large quantity of salt which is intrinsic to the product, although Japanese-style sauces like Kikkoman usually contain less salt than Chinese versions. However, using soy sauce as a seasoning means you don't have to add extra salt to your food so your overall salt consumption should not increase. It should be used in measured amounts in dishes rather than poured freely. Health concerns over salt consumption is a serious challenge for western diets, so Kikkoman also make a Less Salt Soy Sauce, which contains 43% less salt than its original naturally brewed soy sauce for those looking to decrease their salt intake further.

What is the difference between light and dark soy sauce?

Chinese soy sauces are available in both light and dark versions. Some are chemically produced and others are partially brewed. Dark soy sauces may contain caramel colouring (E150) and light Chinese soy sauces are often very salty.

Kikkoman produces just one soy sauce in Europe because it is suitable for all dishes, even recipes that specify light or dark sauces. The clarity of Kikkoman means it will not discolour clear broths or stocks, and its aromatic qualities work to enhance rather than overpower delicate flavours.

How long does soy sauce keep and what's the best way to store it?

Kikkoman Soy Sauce will keep for several months. To preserve the flavour, we suggest you replace the inside cap of the dispenser bottle and keep all bottles in the fridge after opening.

What is the difference between Chinese and Japanese soy sauce?

Most Chinese soy sauce is produced using a much shorter brewing process using little or no wheat and no yeast, as well as having a higher salt content than the Japanese type. Also some Chinese brands are a mixture between a brewed soy sauce and a chemical one.

Does Kikkoman contain artifical additives?

No, all Kikkoman products are free of artificial colours and flavours, and have no added MSG. Kikkoman Soy Sauce contains only four ingredients: soybeans, wheat, salt and water. These are combined in a natural fermentation process to create Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce.

Does Kikkoman have any connection with Chinese soya products?

Kikkoman has been making its renowned naturally brewed soy sauce to thesame recipe for more than 300 years. The Kikkoman soy sauce sold in Europe is produced in the Netherlands from just four ingredients: soybeans, wheat, water and salt. The manufacture does not use any ingredients imported from China. All ingredients used by Kikkoman are subject to strict quality control throughout the complete production process.

Is Kikkoman suitable for vegetarians and vegans?

Kikkoman Soy Sauce, Kikkoman Less Salt Soy sauce, Kikkoman Gluten Free Tamari, Kikkoman Teriyaki Marinade, Kikkoman Teriyaki sauce with Toasted Sesame, Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce with Roasted Garlic and Kikkoman Gluten Free Teriyaki Marinade are all suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets. Kikkoman Teriyaki BBQ-Sauce with honey is not suitable for vegan diets.

Is Kikkoman suitable for gluten-free diets?

No, Kikkoman contains wheat (gluten), therefore it should not be consumed by anyone with a wheat (gluten) allergy or intolerance. Instead choose Kikkoman Tamari Gluten-Free Soy Sauce and the Gluten- Free Teriyaki Marinade which carries the Crossed Grain symbol, as certified by Coeliac UK

Is there a difference between the soy sauce in the 150ml dispenser bottle and the 250ml bottle?

No, there’s no difference. Both contain the same naturally brewed soy sauce. They’ve just been filled into different bottles. The iconic designer bottle looks great on the table and gives maximum pouring control (place a finger over one of the holes in the cap to control speed of flow). The designer bottle is also refillable and dishwasher safe.

How is Kikkoman soy sauce made?

Kikkoman soy sauce is still made to an original recipe that dates back over 300 years in a six-month natural brewing process. Only the four pure ingredients of soy sauce, wheat, water and salt are used. The soy sauce contains no additives whatsoever. Read here for details on the various stages of the production process:

Where are Kikkoman products manufactured?

Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce products for European markets are manufactured in Sappemeer, The Netherlands. Only pure ingredients are used in the production of Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce. The Soybeans are purchased from Brazil, Canada or the U.S.A., the wheat is grown in Germany and salt and water come from the Netherlands. Soybeans from Brazil are only supplied by suppliers who have a ProTerra certification. The ProTerra Foundation is a not for profit organisation that advances and promotes sustainability at all levels of the feed and food production cycle. For further information about ProTerra please visit

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