Flavorful Vegan Worcestershire Sauce for Your Cooking Needs

Are you tired of picking up Worcestershire sauce at the store and realizing it’s not vegan-friendly? Or maybe you just want to make your own homemade sauce that tastes even better than the store-bought version. Look no further because I have the best recipe for DIY Vegan Worcestershire Sauce.

With ingredients like apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, and molasses, this recipe will give your dishes the perfect sweet and tangy flavor. Plus, you won’t miss out on any traditional Worcestershire sauce flavors because this recipe includes all of the classic spices like clove, garlic powder, and black pepper.

And the best part? This vegan Worcestershire sauce is incredibly easy to make. Just mix all of the ingredients in a pot and let it simmer for 30 minutes. That’s it!

This recipe is perfect for vegans or anyone looking for a healthier alternative to traditional Worcestershire sauce. So if you’re ready to try your hand at homemade condiments, grab your apron and let’s get started with this delicious DIY Vegan Worcestershire Sauce recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

DIY Vegan Worcestershire Sauce
DIY Vegan Worcestershire Sauce

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a good sauce? It can take a dish from bland to delicious with just a few spoonfuls. However, finding the right Worcestershire sauce can be quite challenging, especially as a vegan. Most traditional Worcestershire sauces have anchovies in them, making them unsuitable for our plant-based friends. That’s where this recipe comes in.

Not only is this homemade vegan Worcestershire sauce easy to make, but it’s also incredibly versatile. You can use it in pasta dishes, marinades, salad dressings, and even on your morning avocado toast. The sweet tangy flavor profile will leave your taste buds wanting more!

Plus, you’ll be able to control what goes into the sauce – no more worrying about any nasty additives or preservatives. The combination of soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, and molasses creates the perfect base for the other ingredients like cayenne pepper and black pepper that add a spicy kick to the mix. Trust me when I say that you won’t want to go back to store-bought Worcestershire sauce after giving this recipe a try.

So whether you’re looking for a vegan-friendly condiment or just want to try something new, give this homemade plant-based Worcestershire sauce recipe a whirl. You won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

 A dash of my homemade Vegan Worcestershire Sauce can transform any dish!
A dash of my homemade Vegan Worcestershire Sauce can transform any dish!

The Ingredients You Need

This homemade vegan Worcestershire sauce recipe uses simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand. Here is a list of everything you’ll need:

  • Soy Sauce: This is the base of our Worcestershire sauce recipe. Use a vegan soy sauce to keep it plant-based.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: This adds tanginess and gives the sauce a slightly fruity flavor.
  • Water: We’ll use water to thin out the mixture.
  • Light Brown Sugar: Adds sweetness to balance the tartness of the vinegar.
  • Molasses and Maple Syrup: Helps deepen the flavor and provide a subtle sweetness to the sauce.
  • Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Cayenne, Clove, Black Pepper, and Ground Ginger: These spices give depth and complexity to this vegan Worcestershire sauce recipe. You can adjust the amount of spices based on your personal taste preference.
  • Kosher Salt: To taste.


You can make some substitutions for this vegan Worcestershire recipe depending on your availability of ingredients or dietary restrictions.

  • If you don’t have light brown sugar, use dark brown sugar instead or sub in white sugar or coconut sugar in equal amounts.
  • If you don’t have molasses or maple syrup, add 1 tablespoon of molasses or maple syrup in place of each other.
  • If you’re gluten-free or simply prefer tamari over soy sauce, use a gluten-free tamari instead. Just note that this will affect the overall flavor of your Worcestershire sauce recipe slightly.
  • Some recipes call for a small amount of anchovies or fish sauce but we use none in this vegan version!

Keep in mind that these substitutions may result in slight differences in taste than using the original ingredients as listed above but it still should come out pretty tasty!

The Recipe How-To

 Say goodbye to store-bought sauces and hello to this tasty DIY recipe.
Say goodbye to store-bought sauces and hello to this tasty DIY recipe.

Making Your Own Vegan Worcestershire Sauce

Making your own vegan Worcestershire sauce is easier than you might think. With just a few simple ingredients and a little bit of time, you can enjoy the classic flavor of this beloved condiment without any animal products. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Combine the Ingredients

In a medium saucepan, combine 2 cups apple cider vinegar, 1 cup soy sauce, 1/2 cup water, and 1/4 cup light brown sugar. Stir well to combine.

Step 2: Add the Spices

Add in all the spices: 2 tablespoons molasses, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/4 teaspoon granulated onion powder, and 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic powder.

Step 3: Bring to a Simmer

Place the saucepan on the stove over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 30 minutes.

Step 4: Strain and Store

Remove the saucepan from the heat and let it cool for about 10 minutes. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a clean bowl or jar. Discard any solids left behind in the sieve.

Step 5: Enjoy!

Your homemade vegan Worcestershire sauce is now ready to use! Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two months.

This recipe makes about 4 cups of sauce, so you’ll have plenty to use in all your favorite recipes. Give it a try and see just how easy it is to make this classic condiment at home!

Substitutions and Variations

 You won't believe how easy it is to make your own Worcestershire Sauce at home.
You won’t believe how easy it is to make your own Worcestershire Sauce at home.

Now, let’s talk about how you can change up this vegan Worcestershire sauce recipe to suit your own taste preferences or dietary needs.

One potential substitution for the standard soy sauce would be to use tamari, which is a gluten-free version of soy sauce. This would make the recipe ideal for those on a gluten-free diet.

Another option could be to swap out some of the traditional ingredients for different ones altogether. For instance, instead of using onion powder or garlic powder, you might try using fresh minced onions or garlic. This would give your homemade vegan Worcestershire sauce a more intense and complex flavor.

If you’re looking for a slight sweetness in the sauce, consider adding a bit of maple syrup or even white sugar. Adding more sweetness though is not advised as it will alter the overall balance of flavors.

On the other hand, if you’d like to make the sauce spicier, feel free to kick up the cayenne pepper or black pepper quantities or add dried red chilies to the mix. Adjusting these elements will really depend on your personal spice tolerance level.

Lastly, if you want to experiment with different sauce types, one alternative could be making a vegan “fish” sauce by switching out some of the ingredients listed above with seaweed, mushroom stock and soybean paste. Another option could be mixing it with ketchup or white wine vinegar to create a tangy and robust condiment that can accompany many dishes beyond cocktails.

The versatility and flexibility of making your own homemade Worcestershire sauce is entirely up to your imagination and culinary creativity.

Serving and Pairing

 My secret ingredient makes this Vegan Worcestershire Sauce a game-changer!
My secret ingredient makes this Vegan Worcestershire Sauce a game-changer!

Now that you have successfully made your own vegan Worcestershire sauce, it’s time to put it to use! This versatile condiment can be used in a multitude of ways to elevate the flavor profile of your dishes.

When it comes to serving, you can use your homemade vegan Worcestershire sauce as a dip for veggies or drizzle it over salads. It also makes a great marinade for tofu, tempeh, and other plant-based proteins. Brush it on grilled vegetables like eggplant, bell peppers, and zucchini for an extra kick of umami.

Pairing-wise, the possibilities are endless! The bold and savory flavor of vegan Worcestershire sauce goes well with roasted potatoes, sweet potato fries, and even pizza. Add a dash or two to your vegan chili or soup for added depth of flavor. And if you’re feeling adventurous, try mixing your Worcestershire sauce with ketchup for a homemade BBQ sauce that will make your taste buds dance!

Keep in mind that a little goes a long way with this flavorful condiment. Use it sparingly at first and add more as desired. And don’t be afraid to experiment with incorporating it into your favorite dishes – you never know what delicious creations you might come up with!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This tangy sauce will give your dishes a burst of savory flavor.
This tangy sauce will give your dishes a burst of savory flavor.

Now that you have prepared your homemade vegan Worcestershire sauce, it’s worth mentioning that this sauce can be made ahead, stored and reheated. One of the many benefits of making your own homemade Vegan Worcestershire sauce is that it can be stored with ease.

First and foremost, if you’ve made extra sauce than what you require, you can save the leftovers in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 6 months. This will allow the flavours to properly blend together providing you with an even better taste.

If you are planning to make this recipe well ahead of time, then I recommend storing it in small containers. This way when it comes time to use the sauce, you won’t need to reheat all of it at once. You can simply reheat the amount that is needed for your current recipe.

Reheating this sauce is easy too! Given the ingredients, reheating your homemade vegan Worcestershire Sauce should not be much different from reheating other similar sauces. The easiest way to do this is to microwave it on high for 15-20 seconds or until desired temperature has been reached.

It’s worth mentioning that although this sauce can be stored for a long time, some changes may subsequently take place due to storage conditions such as temperature and humidity. If your sauce has been stored for some time and the flavour seems weaker than originally anticipated you can always add more of the main ingredients i.e soy sauce or molasses as per your taste and requirements.

Overall, storing your homemade vegan Worcestershire Sauce allows for flexibility when cooking and refrigeration will prolong its shelf life without any compromise on taste!

Tips for Perfect Results

 No animal products necessary for this delicious Worcestershire Sauce.
No animal products necessary for this delicious Worcestershire Sauce.

Achieving perfection in any recipe requires attention to detail and a few extra tricks up your sleeve. Here are some tips to ensure your homemade vegan Worcestershire sauce comes out perfect every time.

Firstly, make sure you measure all ingredients accurately. It can be tempting to eyeball measurements, but this can often result in an unbalanced flavor profile or even a total disaster. Use measuring spoons and cups when measuring all the ingredients, including the spices.

Secondly, use fresh ingredients whenever possible. This is particularly important for the garlic and onion powders, as stale versions of these can give your sauce a bitter taste. Use fresh spices and herbs for the best flavor.

Thirdly, don’t rush the cooking process. The sauce needs to simmer for at least 30 minutes to allow all the flavors to meld together. Resist the temptation to turn up the heat or reduce the cook time. Your patience will be rewarded with a rich and flavorful Worcestershire sauce.

Fourthly, if you find that your Worcestershire sauce is too thin, you can thicken it by whisking in a cornstarch slurry – one tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with one tablespoon of cold water. Bring the mixture back to a simmer and whisk continuously until it thickens.

Fifthly, taste as you go along. Adjust the seasoning as needed to suit your preferences. If you like your Worcestershire sauce spicier, add more cayenne pepper or black pepper. Don’t be afraid to experiment with the ratios of ingredients as well.

Lastly, store your vegan Worcestershire sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks. This will allow time for the flavors to continue to develop and intensify. Make sure you label your container with the date so that you can keep track of how long it’s been stored.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to create an irresistible vegan Worcestershire sauce that adds depth and complexity to any dish!


Before we reach the conclusion of this article and you start making your own vegan Worcestershire sauce, let’s take a moment to address some frequently asked questions about this recipe. The answers will help clear up any doubts or confusion that could arise as you prepare the ingredients and make the sauce. So, keep reading to find out more!

What is vegan Worcestershire sauce made of?

Let’s start by making a sweet and tangy sauce that will add an explosion of flavor to our dish. Grab a saucepan and combine apple cider vinegar, water, light brown sugar, maple syrup, soy sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, cinnamon and ground black pepper. Heat the saucepan on medium heat, and while whisking it constantly, allow the ingredients to blend together until the sugar has dissolved completely.

What is an alternative for vegan Worcestershire sauce?

If you’re looking for a vegan alternative to Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce might be a good option. It’s recommended to use an equal amount of soy sauce to replace the amount of Worcestershire sauce required in a recipe. Although soy sauce may lack the tangy and spicy flavors of Worcestershire, it’s a great source of umami taste with added sweetness.

What can I use instead of Worcestershire sauce in a recipe?

Who knew that a few ingredients commonly found in your pantry could be used as a perfect substitute for Worcestershire sauce? A combination of soy sauce, ketchup and white wine vinegar can surprisingly emulate the taste of Worcestershire sauce. Let me tell you how to make this flavorful substitute.

Why is Worchester sauce not vegan?

Typically, Worcestershire sauce includes fish-based ingredients, rendering it unsuitable for those following a vegan diet.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, making your own vegan Worcestershire sauce is not only easy and affordable, but it also allows you to control the ingredients and avoid any animal products or preservatives that may be hidden in store-bought versions. This recipe is versatile and can be adjusted to your preferences, so feel free to experiment with the spice level or add some of your favorite flavors.

Once you try this homemade vegan Worcestershire sauce, you’ll never go back to the store-bought versions again. It’s flavorful, tangy, and adds a zing to any dish. Plus, it’s vegan-friendly, gluten-free, and can be made with ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry.

So why not give it a try? Impress your friends and family with this delicious condiment that’s sure to enhance any meal. And if you’re feeling especially adventurous, try using it in other recipes such as marinades or dressings. The possibilities are endless with this versatile sauce.

Remember, Worcestershire sauce doesn’t have to be off-limits for vegan and plant-based diets. With this recipe, you can enjoy all the flavor of Worcestershire sauce without compromising your dietary choices. So go ahead and give it a try – I guarantee that you won’t regret it!

DIY Vegan Worcestershire Sauce

DIY Vegan Worcestershire Sauce Recipe

Recently I was in need of a vegan worcestershire sauce. I didn't have any on hand, so I made this recipe based on the ingredients of some commercially prepared vegan worcestershire sauces. I thought it tasted pretty good and worked well in my recipe, so I thought I would share.
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Prep Time 7 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 48 Teaspoons
Calories 3 kcal


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce, reduced sodium
  • 1 tablespoon molasses, unsulphured
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon clove
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne (optional)


  • Place all of the ingredients into a blender or jar with a tight-fitting lid. Process or shake until all of the ingredients are well combined. Note: If you use a blender the sauce may lighten in color and get very bubbly from the added air. The sauce will settle into a dark color and the bubbles will dissolve after a few minutes.
  • Although you can use this immediately, I find the flavors meld best and spices dissolve a bit a few hours after it’s made.
  • Shake before each use.
  • Makes about 8 ounces or 48 teaspoons.

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Serving: 261gCalories: 3kcalCarbohydrates: 0.6gProtein: 0.1gSodium: 66.5mgSugar: 0.5g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein, Sauces, Vegan
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