Coconut Aminos

When adopting a Paleo diet, soy sauce is most definitely not on the menu, but perhaps you’re looking for an occasional substitution?

Coconut Aminos, the perfect substitute for Soy Sauce?

Coconut Aminos might be just the substitute you’re looking for.  Is less salty than Tamari, but can be used exactly as you would use Soy Sauce, for marinades, dressings sauces and stir-fries – almost anywhere in fact.

Coconut Aminos has got a great amino acid content, considerably higher than that of soy sauces.  The aminos is made from the raw sap of the coconut tree, naturally aged and is blended with sun-dried sea salt.  For occasional use in a recipe calling for soy sauce, this seems like a great alternative.

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Unfortunately none of the Health food shops I regularly visit in Sydney stock Coconut Aminos.  I’ll be checking out the Brisbane stores  at the weekend, perhaps I’ll have more luck in Queensland.  I’ve found a couple of online retailers who deliver Coconut Aminos to Australia and New Zealand: – Iherb sell Coconut Aminos for $6 USD, with approx $4 USDshipping to Australia.  Use the code DUV741  for $5 off your first order, making the Aminos very reasonable indeed!  The other supplier, Reflections Health, sells their Aminos at $25, with $13 shipping.

Make sure you’re buying “Coconut Aminos”; remember “Liquid Aminos” will be derived from soy beans.

Have you tried Coconut Aminos?  Did you enjoy it?  Have you found any additional sources in Australia?  I’d love to hear your comments!

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  1. Sigi says

    Suz, I’ve long tried (and failed) to find coconut aminos here. People at health food stores look at me blankly and try to sell me a soy one (sigh). Thanks for the tip.

    But before I order, a question: does it taste IN ANY WAY like coconut? Because I frankly loathe coconut (yes, I know, not ideal for someone interested in paleo eating!). I wouldn’t imagine it does, but am curious to know.

    • Suz says

      In my opinion it doesn’t taste at all “coconutty”, more like soy sauce, though not as salty.
      That must be seriously annoying not liking coconut!

    • Suz says

      Ahh, that’s a shame! I wonder why? There seems to be only one company producting it too. I’ll find another way to get it…

  2. says

    I am the supplier of coconut aminos in Australia and New Zealand. Unfortunately I am charged $10 a bottle freight (because it is glass, not plastic and quite heavy) to get it to Australia and its hardly worth me selling it either at $20 a bottle. Perhaps Iherb decided not to sell it anymore as they weren’t making anything out of it. I also stock this companies other 3 products and the shipping rates vary depending on how much you purchase. Sorry but this is the best I can do.

    • Suz says

      They’ve started stocking it again Jenny. Isn’t it a pity freight is so expensive – if only they could bottle it locally!

  3. Andrew says

    Just looking at the Iherb website now, was going to purchase 4 bottles, but the shipping weight totalled 5kg!!!! what is th e go, it was going to cost me nearly $40 in shipping for less than 1 Litre of sauce

    • Suz says

      That seems odd Andrew, the shipping was really reasonable when I ordered. Perhaps there’s a tipping point with the quantities where in becomes a lot more expensive? Not sure – might be worth emailing them to ask?

    • Suz says

      Hi Kylie, well though Tamari is fermented, it is still a soy product, so I guess it depends on your stance on how strictly you want to avoid soy.

      Might be worth trying a few other ingredients to see if you can get a similar taste, perhaps tangerine vinegar, tamarind, anchovies or even horseradish?

  4. Phoebe says

    Thanks so much for that link. I have been scouring the internet looking for them. Nowhere I’ve found in QLD sells them, or has even heard of them. Sigh. Off to order some now.

    • Suz says

      Glad to have been of help Phoebe. It’s suprising non of the health food shops seem to stock it, isn’t it? Love to hear what you think of it & what you use it for!

  5. Joel Rose says

    found this place that sells it, unfortunatly it is not currently in stock like most places which is a shame because it seems cheaper then anywhere else. also looks to be a different brand from the others ive seen, this is the link if you wanna check back or contact them to see if they will be getting anymore stock:
    they also sell Coconut syrup which looks pretty awesome! has anyone used this before?
    I’d be interested to see what its like to use as a sweetener in paleo deserts and such.


    • Suz says

      I always buy it online from iHerb as I’ve not found anywhere locally that I can rely on stocking it. I’m sure we’ll see it in Woolworths one day!

  6. Shan says

    Mammoth Kitchen are in the process of getting this in stock. You can order online, should be available soon. they stock a great range of Paleo products and fast delivery.

  7. Supers says

    I’m glad to hear Conscious Choice has it. I’ve been trying to buy coconut aminos from iHerb for ages but it is always out of stock.

  8. Anne-Marie says

    It looks like everyone is out of stock, I’ve been searching high & low for them in Australia. I did find another place that has them, mind you it won’t be available for a another week located in Qld & their prices are very reasonable. They import the aminos themselves & put their own label on the bottle, plus they have coconut vinegar.

  9. Georgie says

    Thanks for all this info…was tearing my hair out…most of the Au links are out of stock of the plain coconut aminos but I did get some from nature pacific :) havent looked in health stores here in Perth as haha I dont hold much hope as they are in my experience very behind :) happy tho I can start making some of the recipes in my Well Fed book now :)

  10. Brendan says

    Hi, as Jon earlier asked – why do you say it’s not for regular consumption if fermented? I was under the impression we should eat fermented foods regularly. Chris Kessler advises this in all I’ve read on his site

  11. venus bergner says

    Hi there, I
    have a naturopathic client who has discovered coconut aminos as a substitute for soy sauce. However he is currently on an anti-fungal treatment program and must avoid fermented foods. Do you know if this product is fermented?
    Many thanks!

  12. kirsty says

    Supplies for Paleo way of eating seems to be best in Canberra. I found Coconut Aminos and a range of other Coconut products there that I could not find in Sydney.

  13. CS says

    2 people have asked in reference to the fermented reference above – the comment said, “well though Tamari is fermented, it is still a soy product, so I guess it depends on your stance on how strictly you want to avoid soy.” She wasn’t saying avoid tamari because it is fermented, being fermented is it’s saving grace – rather to avoid it if you are strictly avoiding soy despite it being fermented.

  14. Joan Westaway says

    Wray’s Organics in Indooroopilly, Brisbane, and in Ipswich carry Coconut Aminos!
    Also available at the various Mrs Flannery stores
    Love it! I purchased my first botle from Primal Pantry Deli/Cafe in New Farm, out of curiosity , ages before I started Whole30! Love it!
    I have decanted mine into my old ‘Kikkoman’ soy bottle! Cheating… but so convenient!

  15. Katie says

    Passionfoods Eco-living Store in South Melbourne also stocks coconut aminos – amongst a whole range of other great ingredients! It’s loacted at 219 Ferrars Street, South Melbourne (


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