Homemade Worcestershire Sauce

Homemade Worcestershire Sauce ingredients in a bowl un stirred

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One of the more difficult sauces to replicate, you can make a homemade version of Worcestershire sauce for when you are in a pinch! Taste-test and add ingredients as needed to meet your personal taste preference!

Once you’ve made it, why not learn What is Worcestershire Sauce? Or maybe consider using it to make a tasty Beef Stew with Red Wine?

Homemade Worcestershire Sauce in a tall clear bottle

Homemade Worcestershire Sauce

Worcestershire sauce isn’t just one of the most difficult words to try and say if you aren’t from the UK; it is also one of the island’s best contributions to the culinary world.

Packed with intense umami flavors and tasting a bit like a really aged fish sauce, Worcestershire sauce is the secret trick to adding an incredible amount of flavor to all sorts of savory dishes.

However, not everyone in the world can easily access Worcestershire sauce, whether because it isn't sold in some parts of the world or it is just too expensive.

So if you are interested in trying some Worcestershire sauce but cannot get a hold of it, here’s how you can easily replicate it and make your own.  

Homemade Worcestershire Sauce ingredients in clear bowls and spoons

Homemade Worcestershire Sauce Ingredients

Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.

• Apple cider vinegar

• Low sodium soy sauce

• Water

• Brown sugar

• Molasses

• Garlic powder

• Dry mustard powder

• Onion powder

• Allspice

• Black pepper

Optional Ingredients

• Tamarind paste

• Anchovy paste

• Fish sauce (instead of anchovy paste)

Homemade Worcestershire Sauce ingredients in a bowl un stirred

How To Make Homemade Worcestershire Sauce

•  Combine all ingredients except any optional ones you don’t want together in a large capacity glass measure cup that is microwave-safe

• If using any of the optional ingredients – mix in the tamarind sauce, and either the anchovy paste or fish sauce

• Heat in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring inbetween, until the mixture is boiling, remove and cool

Homemade Worcestershire Sauce in a clear tall bottle with a white stopper

How Essential Is The Tamarind Sauce In This Recipe?

Most of the ingredients in this recipe should be pretty easy to get a hold of and use to make Worcestershire sauce.

However, there is one ingredient that most people might struggle with: tamarind sauce.

This pretty niche ingredient is actually a key part of the flavor profile of Worcestershire sauce, but it can be pretty hard to get.

Considering its surprising rarity, it is totally fine to skip it and not use it if you are having trouble finding it. Seeing as this is an emergency type of recipe, you can get pretty close to the flavor of Worcestershire sauce by not using it.

However, If you are looking to really make this homemade, buy the tamarind paste and use it in conjunction with the fish sauce and anchovy paste as well. Play around with the fish sauce and anchovy to see which you prefer, and adjust the amounts you use to end up with the perfect amount of saltiness and fishiness that you prefer.

Homemade Worcestershire Sauce dripping from spoon

How To Use Your Homemade Worcestershire Sauce Right Away

Worcestershire sauce has so many amazing uses in all kinds of different savory dishes. You can use this incredible sauce to add intense complexity to things like sauces, soups and stews, and almost anything you can think of.

However, Worcestershire sauce can also be using directly as a flavoring sauce without even needing to use it in recipes.

For example, Worcestershire sauce is incredibly delicious when drizzled over something like a toasted cheese slice, or even in a grilled cheese sandwich, poured over the cheese inside and allowed to permeate the bread.

It can also lend flavor to things like salads, where it not only helps to improve the flavor of whatever dressing you use but also seasons every single bite with umami richness.

Another great trick is to use it to top some tomatoes – fresh, garden-picked tomatoes are filled with incredible flavor and allow for an amazing little snack or light lunch. This flavor is made even tastier with a little bit of Worcestershire sauce just drizzled over top, followed by a light sprinkling of salt.

Just use this flavor packed sauce whenever you want just a little bit more savory flavors, and you can't go wrong.

Looking for more delicious Marinades, Sauces & Salad Dressings? Try these out:

Lemon Aioli

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

Garlic Butter Sauce

Happy Cooking,

Love,

Karlynn

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Homemade Worcestershire Sauce

One of the more difficult sauces to replicate, you can make a homemade version of Worcestershire sauce for when you are in a pinch! Taste-test and add ingredients as needed to meet your personal taste preference!
5 from 3 votes
Homemade Worcestershire Sauce in a tall clear bottle
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
Course
Sauces
Cuisine
American
Servings
1 cup
Calories
187
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients
 

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Optional Ingredients

  • 1/2 tablespoon tamarind paste
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce use instead of anchovy paste!
  • anchovy paste optional but will give it that savoury taste

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients except the optional ones together in a large capacity glass microwave-safe measuring cup. If you have it, mix in the tamarind sauce. Add the fish sauce OR add in a small amount of the anchovy paste, then taste test. Add to your liking.
  • Heat in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between, until the mixture is boiling.
  • Remove and cool.

Recipe Notes

  • Not everyone has tamarind sauce, and this is an emergency type of recipe, so the main ingredients are going to get you close to the real thing. If you are looking to really make this homemade, buy the tamarind paste and play around with the fish sauce and anchovy to see which you prefer! 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 187kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 4000mg, Potassium: 685mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 32g, Vitamin A: 10IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 98mg, Iron: 2mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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  1. Shirl says

    I’m allergic to fish and soy can I use beef broth instead of soy .

    • Sue says

      some soy sauces have gluten…you will have to check your ingredients

  2. holly C says

    thanks for this recipe! i swear, i think someone in the house is drinking it! i buy it, use it only a couple times, but when i need it again its gone! i use it mainly in stew, burgers & meatloaf. this recipe is getting printed & taped on to the inside cover of my cookbook!5 stars

  3. Carie says

    How long can this be stored in the fridge?

    Thanks so much, I really am enjoying your recipes!

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