Homemade Worcestershire Sauce

Recipe for homemade vegan worcestershire sauce: dairy/egg/gluten/fish/nut-free. | speedbumpkitchen.com

I’ve been doing this allergy thing for over a decade now, but every once a while, I’m surprised by how difficult the simple things can be.  I wanted to make Chex Mix for the kids, and figured I’d just remove the nuts and call it good: until I ran into the Worcerstershire Sauce roadblock. Apparently, the stuff has fish in it…anchovies to be exact.  I looked at a half dozen varieties and they all have fish. Chex Mix just doesn’t taste the same without it…I tried.

Thankfully, there are a lot of crazy people in the world these days who choose to cook intensely, and homemade Worcestershire Sauce recipes are pretty easy to come by. This one is a safe adaptation of the  America’s Test Kitchen’s version. The only really odd ingredient is the tamarind paste. You can buy tamarind paste, but I  made mine a while back out of a block of “wet tamarind”, which was the only thing I could find around here.  I suppose you could skip it, but it’s what gives it the tart flavor, and fun stuff to keep on hand for homemade Pad Thai.

Homemade Worcestershire Sauce
  • ½ t. pepper
  • ½ t. ginger
  • ¼ t. cinnamon
  • ¼ t. cloves
  • ¼ t. onion powder
  • ⅛ t. cayenne pepper
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 shallot or ½ small onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup malt vinegar (use white or cider vinegar to be gluten-free)
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 T. soy sauce (San-J makes gluten-free)
  • 1½ t. tamarind paste
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add the spices and stir until they smell toasty, about 1 minute.
  2. Add the 1 T. olive oil and the shallots, and saute for a few minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and saute another minute.
  4. Add all the other stuff, and bring to a boil, scraping up the browned bits off the bottom of the pan.
  5. Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to steep and cool.
  6. Strain sauce through a fine meshed strainer and store in the refrigerator. I'm not certain, but I suspect...like the bottled stuff, it will last nearly forever.
  7. Makes ¾ cup


  1. Emily says

    You’re very welcome! My kids (7 and 4) call it “Wizard Sauce!” My son has multiple, life-threatening food allergies, so your blog has really come in handy for us. I appreciate all you share with all of us, and how brave you are to put yourself out there.

    Thanks again!

  2. Helena says

    Hi, came across your blog as my 17 month old daughter is allergic to nuts and eggs. I live in Sheffield, England and a worcestershire-style sauce is made locally here check out http://www.hendersonsrelish.com/ it is vegetarian and vegan. I don’t know if you can buy in the US but it is great added to all sorts of dishes

    • Meg says

      Adrienne, I have a ton of homemade tamarind paste in the freezer. Let me know & you can stop by & get some!

  3. Diana Kennedy says

    Try using Chinese black rice vinegar, available in any good Asian food store. As soon as you open the bottle and smell it, you’ll realize exactly why your homemade isn’t quite perfect.


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