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Discover how to make a delightful Gluten-Free Worcestershire Sauce with this easy recipe. All gluten-free ingredients give you the best mixture you can prepare and enjoy with various dishes. This vegan Worcestershire sauce is gluten-free by substituting traditional malt vinegar while maintaining the rich and savory flavors you love.

A jar of Worcestershire Sauce in a white bowl on a white plate.
A jar of Worcestershire Sauce in a white bowl on a white plate.

Use it for your next grilled BBQ night for a homemade savory experience without finally using store-bought sauces. A hint of your original Worcestershire sauce can also make your Caesar salad dressing taste better, as the sauce is made with vinegar, soy sauce, and other different spices bursting with rich flavor.

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Why You Will Love This Recipe

Worcestershire Sauce is a classic addition to many recipes, known for its rich, umami flavor. But what makes the gluten-free version so unique? Here it is:

Gluten-Free – this sauce is perfect for those with gluten sensitivities. It opens up a world of culinary possibilities without compromising on taste. Have your own gluten-free Worcestershire sauce on hand and always available.

Clean Ingredients – crafted with wholesome, natural ingredients, this Worcester sauce aligns with your commitment to clean eating. There are no unnecessary additives or preservatives here, and it will prevent you from having any allergies as it is entirely vegan and gluten-free.

Versatility in flavor – uplift the taste of your dishes with the perfect balance of tangy, sweet, and savory notes. From marinades to dressings, this sauce does it all. Start cooking with this sauce without worrying about bad flavor.

A spoon in a jar of sauce.
A spoon in a jar of sauce.

Gluten-Free Alternative For Worcestershire Sauce

Making this gluten-free alternative for Worcestershire sauce is helpful in my kitchen. It can also help you save from buying store-bought sauces like the usual Lea and Perrins Worcestershire sauce, French Worcestershire sauce, Wizard’s, or whatever brands there are. 

It is always better to use homemade ingredients because they will allow you to adjust or customize the taste and flavor to your preference. You can choose what ingredients to use depending on your diet or lifestyle.

Difference Between Worcestershire Sauce And Fish Sauce

Worcestershire sauce and fish sauce are flavorful condiments, but they originate from different culinary traditions and have distinct flavor profiles.

Traditional Worcestershire sauce is often used for marinades, sauces, bloody mary, stews, and grilled meats. The main ingredients of this sauce usually include white vinegar or apple cider vinegar, molasses, sugar, salt, anchovies, tamarind extract, onions, garlic, and various spices.

On the other hand, you can use fish sauce in dipping sauces, stir-fries, curries, and soups. There are different ways to use fish sauce, as the flavor can vary depending on the type of fish used and how long it was fermented.

A jar of Worcestershire Sauce in a basket with a spoon.
A jar of Worcestershire Sauce in a basket with a spoon.

How To Make Gluten-Free Worcestershire Sauce

Let us begin making this homemade Worcestershire sauce that needs only a few ingredients and easy steps. After making this recipe at home, you won’t need to buy those different Worcestershire sauce brands.

Kitchen Gadgets:

  • Blender or Magic Bullet: Using a blender or Magic Bullet is essential as it breaks down and combines ingredients like spices and liquids, creating a consistent texture.
  • Small Glass Containers: Necessary for storing your homemade gluten-free Worcestershire sauce.
  • Spoon: A simple spoon is handy for measuring and mixing ingredients. It is essential for scooping and adding the right amounts of powders, like garlic and onion powder, and stirring the mixture during the blending process.

Ingredients:

  • Vinegar: Provides acidity to the sauce, contributing to its tangy flavor. It helps balance the sweetness and enhances the overall taste.
  • Gluten-Free Soy Sauce: This serves as a base, offering a savory and umami flavor to the Worcestershire sauce for those on a gluten-free diet.
  • Brown Sweetener: A brown sweetener, such as brown sugar or a natural sweetener like maple syrup or molasses, adds sweetness to the sauce.
  • Mustard Powder: Mustard powder introduces a hint of zest and contributes to the complex flavor profile of the sauce. It enhances the overall savory and tangy notes.
  • Onion Powder: Brings a spicy and slightly sweet flavor to the mix. It complements the other spices and contributes to the depth of taste.
  • Garlic Powder: Garlic powder adds a distinct garlic clove flavor, enhancing the overall savory profile of the sauce. It’s a common ingredient in Worcestershire Sauce recipes.
  • Cinnamon: Provides a warm and sweet note to the sauce. While it may seem unexpected, it adds a subtle complexity to the overall flavor.
  • Ground Ginger: Adds a warm and slightly spicy element to the sauce. It complements the other spices and enhances the overall richness.
  • Ground Black Pepper: Balances the sweetness and enhances the savory aspects of the sauce.
  • Pure Ground Cardamom: Adds a subtle hint of citrus and spice.

*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.

FULL INSTRUCTIONS WITH STEPS FOR THE WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE RECIPE

First Step: Prepare All Ingredients

Prepare all your ingredients and gather them all on the side. Make sure there are no missing ingredients because it might compromise the taste of your sauce when you mix them all together.

For the vinegar, you can use any type you like, such as balsamic vinegar, barley malt vinegar, etc., but I prefer gluten-free apple cider vinegar.

A bowl of spices and herbs on a wooden table.
A bowl of spices and herbs on a wooden table.

Second Step: Combine Ingredients

In a magic bullet cup, combine all the ingredients by putting the vinegar and soy sauce first. Wet ingredients must go first, and then the rest of the spices and powders.

A person pouring ingredients into bowls on a wooden table.
A person pouring ingredients into bowls on a wooden table.

Third Step: Blend

Blend the ingredients until the mixture is well combined and smooth. Optionally, you can taste it and adjust the flavors according to your preference. Add more sweetness, acidity, or spices if needed.

Two pictures of a person making a Worcestershire Sauce in a blender.
Two pictures of a person making a Worcestershire Sauce in a blender.

TRICKS AND TIPS:

  • Sweeteners – explore brown sweeteners like sugar, molasses, or maple syrup. Each imparts a unique flavor, so feel free to adjust quantities based on your taste preferences.
  • Fresh spices – whenever possible, use fresh spices for a more vibrant flavor. Grind whole spices like black pepper, cardamom, and cinnamon just before adding them to the mix.
  • Additional spices – feel free to add spices like smoked paprika, tamarind paste flavor, or barley. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Substitute for Gluten Free Soy Sauce

There are a few substitutes for gluten-free soy sauce that can provide a similar umami flavor. You can try tamari soy sauce, a Japanese soy sauce that is typically gluten-free. It is made similarly to soy sauce but without the addition of wheat.

Coconut aminos are also a good GF alternative as they work well in recipes requiring soy sauce replacement and are suitable for those with soy allergies. It is like a soybean sauce but sweeter than gluten free soy sauce.

While you can easily find any alternative using different brands of soy sauce, it is better when making homemade Worcestershire sauce that your ingredients also have gluten-free labels.

A jar of Worcestershire Sauce with a spoon on a white plate.
A jar of Worcestershire Sauce with a spoon on a white plate.

What to Serve With Worcestershire Sauce Gluten-Free Substitute?

Incorporate the gluten-free Worcestershire sauce substitute into stir-fry recipes like healthy chicken stir-fry for a burst of umami. It pairs well with various vegetables and proteins, creating a flavorful and well-balanced dish. It is also perfect for burger patties or meatloaf for added flavor.

You can also use the substitute for making gluten-free gravy or sauces for dishes like mashed potatoes or roasted meats. Worcestershire sauce is also for casseroles like a chicken crack casserole and a chicken roll-up recipe for an extra layer of flavor.

How Do I Store Worcestershire Sauce?

To better maintain the flavor and quality of your Worcestershire sauce, keep it in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight and heat, as exposure to light and heat can affect the quality and flavor of the sauce.

You can also place it in an airtight container, ensuring it is tightly sealed. 

Can I Freeze Vegan Worcestershire Sauce?

Worcestershire sauce is typically not recommended for freezing. While the individual ingredients in Worcestershire sauce may have varying reactions to freezing and thawing, the overall quality and flavor of the sauce can be negatively affected.
Freezing can cause some ingredients in Worcestershire sauce, such as vinegar and certain flavor compounds, to separate or change in texture.

More Recipes For Your Pantry

If you plan to keep having the umami and savory flavor to your dinner recipes, these pantry ingredients and recipes will save your cooking just like the Worcestershire sauce recipe.

Create a rich and flavorful enchilada sauce for Mexican-inspired dishes like this chicken enchilada recipe. This homemade version allows you to control the spice level and tailor the sauce to your taste. Sprinkle your enchilada spices over your favorite proteins or vegetables to infuse them with enchiladas’ bold and smoky flavors.

Try experiencing Indian cuisine with our homemade blend of Indian spices, perfect for curriescauliflower rice dishes, or marinades to bring the vibrant and complex flavors of Indian cooking to your kitchen.

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Gluten-Free Worcestershire Sauce Recipe

Zuzana Paar
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Discover how to make a delightful Gluten-Free Worcestershire Sauce with this easy recipe. All gluten-free ingredients give you the best mixture you can prepare and enjoy with various dishes. This vegan Worcestershire sauce is gluten-free by substituting traditional malt vinegar while maintaining the rich and savory flavors you love.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 3 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course Sauces and Spices
Cuisine International
Servings 6
Calories 12 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • Prepare all your ingredients and gather them all on the side. Make sure there are no missing ingredients because it might compromise the taste of your sauce when you mix them all together.
  • In a magic bullet cup, combine all the ingredients by putting the vinegar and soy sauce first. Wet ingredients must go first, and then the rest of the spices and powders.
  • Blend the ingredients until the mixture is well combined and smooth. Optionally, you can taste it and adjust the flavors according to your preference. Add more sweetness, acidity, or spices if needed.

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Notes

  • Sweeteners – explore brown sweeteners like sugar, molasses, or maple syrup. Each imparts a unique flavor, so feel free to adjust quantities based on your taste preferences.
  • Fresh spices – whenever possible, use fresh spices for a more vibrant flavor. Grind whole spices like black pepper, cardamom, and cinnamon just before adding them to the mix.
  • Additional spices – feel free to add spices like smoked paprika, tamarind paste flavor, or barley. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1TablespoonCalories: 12kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 0.3gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.03gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.04gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 38mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 0.2gVitamin A: 3IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 0.3mg

Disclaimer

Please note that nutrient values are estimates only. Variations can occur due to product availability and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of origin, preparation, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.

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By Zuzana Paar on February 10th, 2024
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