Coconut Aminos

by Suz on October 19, 2011 · 53 comments

in Food, Paleo Brands, Where to Find

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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Sigi October 19, 2011 at 4:42 pm

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 October 19, 2011 at 5:26 pm

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!


Gaby October 20, 2011 at 8:28 am

Thanks for the links, unfortunately the cheapest one is not in stock at the moment :(


Suz October 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Fingers crossed they’ll restock very soon!


Kitty November 4, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Iherb is not planning to stock it anymore :(


Suz November 4, 2011 at 4:56 pm

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…


carol December 17, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Just bought a couple of bottles from Iherb, and thanks for the discount code. Way cheaper than the aussie online option.


Suz March 6, 2012 at 4:50 pm

That’s great Carol – have you been enjoying it?


Jenny December 22, 2011 at 7:14 am

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 March 6, 2012 at 4:51 pm

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


Grant January 4, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Iherb is still selling the coconut aminos. Looking forward to trying it


Suz January 10, 2012 at 10:50 am

That’s great – thanks for that Grant, they must have just been temporarily out of stock


Andrew January 16, 2012 at 2:50 pm

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 January 17, 2012 at 11:35 am

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?


Ele January 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Hi I found some on the Conscious Choice website – I think it’s correct above – if anyone is interested. They are Sydney based. Ta Ele


Suz January 20, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Thanks Ele!


Elissa June 16, 2012 at 5:38 am

Thankyou Ele I was just doing a search for coconut aminos! thankyou for the link I shall purchase :) thank goodness they are sydney based!!! fabulous!!!!! Im so thrilled there is a community here that can help each other out!


Kylie February 15, 2012 at 4:50 pm

So would it be ok to use Tamari (just once in a while) since the coconut aminos is so hard to come by??


Suz February 15, 2012 at 5:04 pm

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?


Jon February 26, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Suz, why do you say it isn’t something for regular consumption because it’s fermented?


Phoebe February 28, 2012 at 10:23 am

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 February 28, 2012 at 10:32 am

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!


Nell April 13, 2012 at 1:59 pm

For those who are based in New Zealand, Zenian Organic do a Coconut Aminos Sauce and coconut aminos seasoning. I haven’t tried either, but have order some of the sauce. It is fairly well priced too. Here is the link for anyone interested:


Suz April 23, 2012 at 11:39 am

That’s great to hear abotu another brand Nell – I hope they come to Australia too.


Joel Rose July 12, 2012 at 2:47 pm

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 July 12, 2012 at 5:20 pm

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!


Shan July 15, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Mammoth Kitchen are in the process of getting this in stock. You can order online, should be available soon.


Shan July 15, 2012 at 1:07 pm

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.


Suz July 15, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Thanks Shan – will have to have a look


Supers July 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm

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.


avelin July 22, 2012 at 2:25 pm
Anne-Marie August 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm

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.


Suz August 2, 2012 at 10:54 pm

iHerb have one HUGE container in stock…


Supers August 8, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Thank you for this! I’ve finally purchased coconut aminos!


Bill September 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm

I managed to get coconut amines at our local health sho
Mere on the Gold Coast. $9.95 for a 250ml bottle!


Leah June 30, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Hi Bill
Just wondering were abouts on the Gold Coast you bought the bottle of Coconut aminos??


Jenni November 29, 2012 at 1:39 pm
Georgie January 30, 2013 at 1:34 pm

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 :)


Brendan February 4, 2013 at 8:43 pm

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


Brendan February 4, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Also – check the ingredients first. I found one sold in Australia that had a lot of questionable ingredients :(


venus bergner June 19, 2013 at 1:41 pm

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!


Alison June 29, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Do you know what the sodium content is per 100ml. I can’t have salt and would LOVE to find a substitute for soy sauce.



kirsty August 26, 2013 at 5:03 pm

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.


DEIDRE SPURWAY September 26, 2013 at 7:36 pm



Suz September 27, 2013 at 11:48 am

Hi Deidre, The best place I’ve found it is online, from iHerb. If you use the code DUV741, you’ll get $5 or $10 discount, which should more than cover shipping.


CS October 26, 2013 at 1:14 pm

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.


Joan Westaway February 13, 2014 at 4:43 pm

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!


Tez February 17, 2014 at 1:32 pm

What is the difference between coconut aminos & coconut syrup?


J July 20, 2014 at 2:34 pm

I buy at Terra Madre in northcote Victoria. There products are way cheaper than other ones !


Raia Faith Baster October 3, 2014 at 10:59 am

Terra Madra, awesome store on High St Northcote. They bottle Coconut Aminos instore.


Fiona October 13, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Thanks Raia – this place looks awesome to a country Victorian


Raia Faith Baster October 13, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Hi Fiona, we are also in country Vic but luckily are close enough to be able to make a trip every now & then to Terra Madra to stock up.


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