Vegan Worcestershire Sauce

Don’t hunt for vegan Worcestershire sauce at the stores. Make your own! This flavor-enhancing ingredient can be added to your favorite stews and sauces to add magical savory flavor.

A spon hovers over a mason jar full of vegan Worcestershire sauce. A few cloves of garlic and a bowl of soy sauce sits in the background.

This tasty sauce was created by pharmacists in a city called Worcestershire. Pronounced WU-shus-ster, this fermented liquid adds salty, umami, and meaty flavors to dishes.

The traditional recipe is not vegan because it is made with fish. However, there are ways to simulate the flavors of this sauce without fish.

I’ve talked before about Vegan Essentials and this is one sauce that’s a must-have. Why do you want this sauce in your kitchen? When cooking plant-based, it can be a challenge to create that same meaty, savory flavor in your favorite dishes. However, a dash of vegan Worcestershire sauce can do the trick.

It can be challenging to find vegan Worcestershire sauce in the stores. And even when I have found it, it was expensive and the quality between brands has been questionable. One product I purchased was runny and watery looking, which I only discovered after I got it home and opened the bottle.

The easy way to get around all of this? Make your own!

How to Make Vegan Worcestershire Sauce

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

  1. Add all the ingredients to a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat slightly to a simmer. 
    A dark sauce is simmering as a hand stirs it with a spatula.
  3. Continue simmering until the mixture is reduced by half.
  4. Pour through a fine-mesh strainer into a lidded bowl.
    A dark sauce is being poured through a fine mesh strainer.
  5. Set aside until the sauce comes to room temperature.
  6. Cover and refrigerate.

Key Ingredients

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Vinegar — I recommend using apple cider vinegar for this recipe for its mellow flavor.
  • Tamari — I prefer tamari, but if you don’t have issues with gluten you can substitute soy sauce.
  • Brown sugar
  • Spices — You’ll need ground mustard, onion powder, allspice, and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Garlic — One clove of garlic will do the trick. You can substitute garlic powder, but this recipe makes using fresh garlic so easy (you only need to peel and roughly chop it).
A bowl of tamari sauce sits on a white table, surrounded by soybeans.

Soy Sauce vs Tamari

Most of us are familiar with soy sauce, a fermented sauce made from soybeans and wheat. But what is tamari? Tamari is a by-product of making miso and does not have wheat in it. I like to think of it as a gluten-free soy sauce. You can find it in the Asian section (near soy sauce) of many grocery stores and health food stores.

A hand holds a spoonful of Worcestershire sauce over a pot of chopped veggies.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Using apple cider vinegar produces the zing from vinegar but with a more mellow punch
  • Adding tamari (or soy sauce) delivers a salty, savory taste
  • Simmering the mixture until it’s reduced by half creates a thicker sauce with enhanced flavors.

Frequently-Asked Questions

What is Worcestershire Sauce?

This tasty sauce was created by pharmacists in a city called Worcestershire. Pronounced WU-shus-ster, this fermented liquid adds salty, umami, and meaty flavors to dishes.

Is Worcestershire Sauce Vegan?

Worcestershire sauce is not vegan because it is made with anchovies.

Serving Suggestions

You may be wondering how to use Worcestershire sauce in your recipes. Interestingly enough, you can use it in everything from drinks to marinades, and more. Here are some ideas for how to use your plant-based Worcestershire sauce:

  • Drinks — You can add a bit of this sauce to cocktails like Bloody Mary or any tomato juice beverage.
  • Marinade — Transform bland tofu into something amazing by adding a bit of this sauce to your marinades. Here’s a favorite Tofu Marinade that you can enhance with Worcestershire.
  • Soups — Because this sauce is made with vinegar, it can brighten the flavors it’s cooked with. That’s why we love adding a bit of it to soups and stews such as Lentil Soup.
  • Sauces — Adding a sauce to a sauce may sound strange, but it works. For example, my Vegan BBQ Sauce calls for a bit of Worcestershire and it adds deep flavors besides the smoky sweet.

Storage Tips

Transfer the sauce to a small mason jar (or use a clean glass sauce dish), cover, and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks. Your sauce may keep longer than this because salt is a very good preservative. Use your best judgment when adding it to recipes.

Seitan sits in a marinade in a glass baking dish.
Add vegan Worcestershire sauce to your favorite marinades for a “meatier” flavor.

Vegan Beefy Meals

Looking for ways to use your vegan Worcestershire Sauce? These vegan beefy recipes will have you singing praises for this savory sauce…and these delicious dishes:

A closeup of vegan Worcestershire sauce in a spoon hovering over a mason jar full of more of the sauce.

Vegan Worcestershire Sauce

Make this easy vegan Worcestershire sauce at home then add it to all your favorite recipes to add that meaty, salty, umami flavor to your plant-based dishes. This recipe is gluten-free as well, and still packs a delicious punch in every spoonful.
5 from 1 vote
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: English
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 26kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup tamari (substitute soy sauce if not gluten-free)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients to a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat slightly so the sauce comes to a simmer (low boil).
  • Continue simmering for 15 to 20 minutes, until the mixture is reduced by half.
  • Pour through a fine-mesh strainer into a lidded bowl. Set aside until the sauce comes to room temperature.
  • Cover and refrigerate. It will keep up to 3 months in the fridge. Add it to your favorite plant-based dishes to create a meaty flavor.

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Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 26kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 408mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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