Vegan Worcestershire Sauce | Easy and Economical Recipe (2024)

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Vegan Worcestershire Sauce is economical and easy to make. No anchovies are in this recipe, which you won’t miss in your favorite recipes.

I’m super excited to have my daughter Ashley share a Vegan Worcestershire Sauce recipe onThe Foodie Affair!

Good morning, afternoon, evening, or whatever happens to work with your current time!

If you have been following my mom’s blog for a while, you may know me from some pictures and stories; I’m Ashley, Sandra’s daughter.

My mom graciously invited me to guest blog, so you will be seeing me around here once in a while.

Vegan Worcestershire Sauce

Once upon a time, I had my own food blog, but found that my off-line life as a college student and part-time worker was a little bit too busy to keep up the posts.

Now that I’m out of college and into my career, I’m not going back to my own blog, but will instead be making the odd appearance around these lovely parts.

Since my mom is the resident expert and dedicated blogger of all things yummy, I will be dropping in with little food experiments that strike my fancy, rather than the more stolid backbone of meals and desserts that my mom does so well.

I am also a vegetarian, so my guest posts will be meat-free- so get ready for some meatless goodness.

This first homemade worcestershire sauce recipe might seem a little bit random, but trust me that there are only tasty things to come.

Worcestershire sauce without anchovies

I’m sure that some vegetarian readers may relate when I say that being a vegetarian requires a bit of a “c’est la vie” perspective.

When I go out to eat, I cannot always be sure that my veggie soup was not made with chicken stock.

Also, when I eat with extended family members who are die-hard meat-eaters, I sometimes have to pick pepperoni off of my pizza to create a vegetarian-friendly option.

Eating at local seafood joints, I sometimes have to scour the menu and get a bit creative to find something I can eat.

Sure, I could throw fits and become the high-maintenance stereotype, but I prefer to keep a sense of humor.

That being said, in my own home I make sure to have all the vegetarian options.

One thing that I have consistently left out of recipes, or replaced with an alternative, is Worcestershire Sauce. You’re welcome ‘chovies!

However, recently I became obsessed with a particular recipe that, by all accounts, really does need the Worcestershire.

I have heard of vegan/vegetarian options and thought for a quick second about checking Whole Foods, but then remembered the all-too-often plot line that occurs when I go there: walk in thinking that I’ll buy one quick thing, leave $90 poorer with fabulous items that I probably don’t need.

So, I decided to use the wonder that is the internet and find a homemade version.

Sure enough, I had to look no further than the queen of DIY herself, Martha Stewart.

I followed this recipe exactly and have found it a fab addition to sauces and anything else that needs a bit of the sweet, salty, umami flavor.

Sugar free option

Also, since my mom is low carb she likes to substitute the brown sugar with brown sugar made with monk fruit.

So if that is your preference too, then please switch up the sweetener.

Vegan Worcestershire Sauce | Easy and Economical Recipe (6)

Vegan Worcestershire Sauce

Simple homemade vegan Worcestershire sauce for your favorite ingredients.

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Course: Condiment

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 5 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes minutes

Servings: 1 cup

Calories: 24kcal

Author: Ashley @ The Foodie Affair


  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar or sugar free substitute for low carb followers
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  • Mix all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Then, bring down to a simmer and let the mixture reduce by half, or for about 20 minutes. When reduced, strain the sauce and let cool before using.


According to Martha, you can keep this in the fridge for up to 3 months.


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 24kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 440mg | Sugar: 3g


Please note that the nutritional information provided are guidelines and may vary based on the brand of products used. For your specific nutritional goals use My Fitness Pal or Verywell Fit recipe calculators. All content within this site is not intended as medical diagnosis or treatment and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical expertise.

By the way, if you always mush together the word “Worcestershire” and drop your voice an octave in order to not reveal that you don’t know how to pronounce it, check out this cute, informative video: How to pronounce Worcestershire!

Until next time,

Vegan Worcestershire Sauce | Easy and Economical Recipe (2024)


What is vegan Worcestershire sauce made of? ›

Add apple cider vinegar, water, light brown sugar, maple syrup, soy sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, cinnamon and ground black pepper to a saucepan and heat on medium heat. Whisk the sauce while heating to dissolve the sugar and mix it well. Heat to a simmer and then turn off the heat and let it cool completely.

Why is Worcestershire sauce not vegan? ›

Worcestershire Sauce isn't traditionally vegan because its ingredients include anchovies, a type of fish. Some contain tamarind paste as well that contains fish. However, this is only the case for the famous Worcestershire Sauce made by Lea & Perrins.

What can you use for a substitute for Worcestershire sauce? ›

Worcestershire Sauce Substitutes
  • Soy Sauce. Vegetarian, Vegan-Friendly. ...
  • Tamari. Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan-Friendly. ...
  • Coconut Aminos. Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan-Friendly. ...
  • Vegetable Broth. Vegetarian, Vegan-Friendly. ...
  • Miso Paste. Vegetarian, Vegan-Friendly. ...
  • Tamarind Paste. ...
  • Pomegranate Molasses. ...
  • Fish Sauce.
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What is the secret ingredient in Worcestershire sauce? ›

And then add you to the sauce. Seriously, British and American Worcestershire sauce's secret ingredient is fermented fish (usually anchovies).

Is Burmans Worcestershire sauce vegan? ›

No. This product is not vegan as it lists 3 ingredients that derive from animals and 2 ingredients that could derive from animals depending on the source.

What is a soy free substitute for Worcestershire sauce? ›

Coconut aminos are really having a moment, as people everywhere discover this soy-free, gluten-free, vegan alternative to soy or tamari. The thin, dark brown sauce looks identical to soy sauce, and even with its lower sodium content, it will be surprisingly similar to Worcestershire in both sweet and savory ways.

Is Lea & Perrins Worcestershire vegan? ›

It lacks the depth of spices in Worcestershire sauce, but Marmite packs a savory punch, so a little dab'll do ya. Is Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce vegan? Alas, no. The gold standard of Worcestershire sauces contains anchovies, making it unsuitable for vegans.

What was the mistake in Worcestershire sauce? ›

A mistake turned into a success

Lea & Perrins is responsible for the original Worcestershire sauce, which was created by John Wheeley Lea and William Henry Perrins in 1837 (via FoodBeast). Legend has it that Lea and Perrins were asked to create the condiment, but it was a complete failure.

Can Worcestershire sauce go bad? ›

The food site goes on further to explain that if you store your Worcestershire sauce in the refrigerator, it will keep for up to 3 years. However, if the aroma and the color of the sauce seem a little off, it might be time to toss your Worcestershire sauce.

Does Worcestershire sauce need to be refrigerated? ›

Like vinegar, Worcestershire sauce does not need to be refrigerated. Whether unopened or open it can be stored in the pantry for two years.

What is the natural flavoring in Worcestershire sauce? ›

The Original & Genuine Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce ingredients are malt vinegar (from barley), spirit vinegar, molasses, sugar, salt, anchovies, tamarind extract, onions, garlic, spice, and flavouring. The “spice, and flavouring” is believed to include cloves, soy sauce, lemons, pickles and peppers.

Is French's Worcestershire sauce still made? ›

For more than 100 years, this has been our passion and promise to you. French's® Worcestershire Sauce is made with only the finest ingredients including molasses, anchovies and signature spices for a bold and tangy flavor and premium consistency.

What makes Worcestershire sauce so good? ›

Worcestershire sauce is a fermented condiment made from a base of vinegar and flavored with anchovies, molasses, tamarind, onion, garlic, and other seasonings. The flavor is savory and sweet with a distinct tang provided by the vinegar.

Does Lea and Perrins contain fish? ›

Yes it does, it contains anchovies. Anchovies have been used in Worcestershire sauce since Lea & Perrins invented it.

What Worcestershire sauce does not contain anchovies? ›

Yes, there are a few brands that make Worcestershire sauce without anchovies: eg. Annie's, Whole Foods 365, Kroegers, and Albertsons to name a few.

Is there a vegetarian alternative to Worcestershire sauce? ›

Vinegar + Soy Sauce/Fish Sauce + Hot Sauce + Ground Cloves + Tamarind Paste. Dissolving 1 tablespoon of tamarind paste, vinegar, and fish sauce (use soy sauce as a vegan alternative) perfectly mimics the overall flavor profile of Worcestershire sauce.


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