Shelf Life of
Soy Sauce

How Long Does Soy Sauce Last?

Does soy sauce go bad?
How Long Does Soy Sauce Last? Or, since you see soy sauce sitting out on tables at Chinese restaurants all day you may ask does soy sauce go bad? The shelf life of soy sauce depends on the type of soy sauce and how it is stored.
Soy sauce is made of soybeans, wheat, salt and water which are put through a process which brews, ferments, pasteruizes and stabliizes the end product.

So, the answer to does soy sauce go bad, is not for a very very long time. When properly stored, the shelf life of soy sauce past its best before date is …

(Unopened) Pantry
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(Opened) Refrigerator
Soy Sauce lasts for 2-3 Years



But remember, condiments, usually have a best before date and not a use by date or expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use this sauce for your flavoring needs after the best before date has lapsed if it has been stored properly.

How to tell if soy sauce is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Soy sauce will experience changes in color and flavor, but it will not be harmful to consume.
Soy sauce will become darker and stronger in flavor and aroma over time as changes occur due to the oxidation process. Peak flavor is experienced when the bottle is first opened.
If a mold (mould) should develop, then the sauce must be discarded.

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness.
If your soy sauce has gone bad, visit our substitution page for ideas.

How to store soy sauce to extend its shelf life?

The best way to store soy sauce is in its original air tight container in a cool dark place like the pantry. A constant temperature is also best, away from the stove or dishwasher which will alter the temperature of foods stored near them, constantly raising and lowering.

Once opened, soy sauce may be kept with the lid tightly re-sealed in the pantry – but for longer shelf life soy sauce should be constantly kept in the refrigerator. The quality declines quicker if not refrigerated, so it depends how often you use soy sauce as to where you choose to keep it. The little glass containers with a spout (as pictured) are not airtight and should only be used for daily serving purposes.
Remember, proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food.

How long is soy sauce good for when prepared in a dish?

How long does soy sauce last? That depends. How long does rice last? In general, soy sauce will be the longest lasting ingredient in any dish, soaking into the other ingredients. But still, it can only last as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the dish. To find out how long other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or search below!

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What are our shelf life resources?

Our content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of soy sauce.

*An important note about expiration dates …

Although the soy sauce shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion and used as a guideline. Please eat responsibly!