Best Worcestershire Sauce Substitute

It tastes like the real thing! This genius hack makes the best Worcestershire sauce substitute with pantry ingredients you have on hand.

Worcestershire Sauce Substitute

Making a recipe that calls for Worcestershire sauce and don’t have it? Or need a vegan substitute? Worcestershire sauce is a common condiment that’s intensely savory and complex. It adds umami (savory flavor) to recipes of all kinds, from Caesar dressing to chili to the classic Bloody Mary. Worcestershire sauce was invented in Britain in the mid-1800’s. Its flavor is tangy, salty, sweet, savory, and a little funky all at once! It includes cured anchovies, meaning that Worcestershire is not vegetarian or vegan.

Don’t have Worcestershire sauce on hand, or want a vegan substitute? Here’s a genius hack that uses ingredients you likely have on hand in your pantry! It tastes very similar to the real thing…and it takes 1 minute to put together. It also works as a vegan Worcestershire sauce recipe!

How to say Worcestershire sauce? Say it like “wusster-shir sauce.” Yep, us Americans have a hard time with this one!

Best Worcestershire sauce substitute: a genius hack!

1. Soy sauce, ketchup and white wine vinegar

The best Worcestershire sauce substitute? A combination of soy sauce, ketchup, and white wine vinegar! This combination is a mix of pantry ingredients that tastes oddly similar to the real thing. Here’s what you need for a small batch (multiply as needed):

  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce (or tamari or coconut aminos)
  • 1 dash hot sauce (optional)

You’ll find this mix of ingredients brings in just the right elements: tangy, salty, savory, and a little sweet. If you have it, hot sauce adds a bit of the spice that Worcestershire sauce brings from chili extract. You could even add a dash of fish sauce, but it’s not needed. Use tamari (gluten free) or coconut aminos (gluten free and soy free) as soy sauce substitutes.

2. Other ideas: soy sauce or vinegar

Don’t have all of the ingredients above? The overriding flavors in Worcestershire sauce are salty and tangy. If you don’t want to make the recipe above, you could use soy sauce, vinegar, or a mix of the two. You could also use miso in combination with either of the two. But the recipe above is really the best fit!

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Worcestershire Sauce Substitute (Genius Hack!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 minute
  • Yield: 2 1/2 tablespoons 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

It tastes just like the real thing! This genius hack makes the best Worcestershire sauce substitute with pantry ingredients you have on hand.


Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar (or 1/2 tablespoon white vinegar)
  • 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce (or tamari or coconut aminos)
  • 1 small dash hot sauce (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together until smooth. 
  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Mixed
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Keywords: Worcestershire Sauce Substitute, Worcestershire Substitute

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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