Sunday, 9 August 2020

Kecap Manis - Gluten Free Substitute

The perfect substitute if you need a gluten free substitute for Kecap Manis.

After developing a newfound love for Indonesian food, I had to also develop a substitute for the Indonesian sweet soy sauce known as Kecap Manis so that my coeliac daughter could enjoy it too.

The great news is that it's really easy to make, and you only need three ingredients, all of which are pretty easy to get hold of if you don't already have them in your storecupboard.

Yield - 200g / 200ml

  • 50g black treacle
  • 80g golden syrup
  • 25g gluten free tamari sauce
  • 45g boiled water


Heat the ingredients sufficiently for them to mix together thoroughly. The consistency of this will be runnier than most traditional kecap manis brands, but is perfect to use in cooking dishes which require kecap manis. Stored in a sterilized bottle / container in the fridge this will keep for a good while.


If you want a thicker sauce to use as a drizzle / dressing, then bring to a simmer and add a tiny amount of cornflour slurry (cornflour mixed with cold water to the consistency of single cream) and cook out until it is the consistency you require. Remember the consistency will thicken more if you have done this and refrigerate it.

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