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Homemade Gluten Free Worcestershire Sauce

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Gluten free Worcestershire sauce is supposed to be fairly easy to purchase but when I first searched for it I couldn’t find it. Surprise surprise.

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I had the typical bottle of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce in my fridge for many years and never gave it much thought. When you start cooking gluten free you give everything a second thought.

So when I was giving this ingredient a second thought it occurred to me that I could probably make it from scratch in less time than it took to engage in a shopping expedition for said product. Internet forums I read made it clear there was controversy about the products sold in Canada and the same brands sold south of the border. In Canada we’re pretty familiar with that.

So what is in Worcestershire sauce? This liquid condiment is commonly used in beverages, salad dressings and as a seasoning for meat. It is kind of unique and I knew it should contain tamarind. It also contains barley malt vinegar, a definite gluten containing product.

Now tamarind is in my pantry so could use it but on that first day I looked for a gluten free Worcestershire sauce recipe the one I chose didn’t call for tamarind. I tried it anyway and it has worked well for me. Perhaps I’m not too fussy in the Worcestershire sauce department. I poured my sauce into a little glass bottle with a lid, like this salad dressing bottle. I labeled it and it now has a space in my fridge. Refill when needed.

There are other, more accurate recipes, readily available on the internet. America’s Test Kitchen has a premium homemade Worcestershire sauce recipe that requires aging. It is then nicely wrapped in brown paper and would make a perfect homemade gift. However, that’s not happening in my kitchen unless someone invites me to a Worcestershire sauce party. 

Easy Gluten Free Worcestershire Sauce

So here it is, an easy gluten free Worcestershire sauce recipe that is good enough for my everyday style of cooking. If it is good enough for you then make it. If you are a Worcestershire sauce snob you better get over to America’s Test Kitchen and try their recipe.

My apologies to the person who posted this recipe, I have tried to find you but have not been successful. If I ever do…I will happily give you credit for this recipe.


½ cup apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp GF soy sauce
2 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp brown sugar
¼ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp dry mustard
¼ tsp onion powder
¼ tsp garlic powder
⅛ tsp cinnamon
⅛ tsp pepper


Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan and stir.
Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Simmer 1 minute. Cool.
Pour into a bottle and store in the refrigerator. Lasts indefinitely.
Makes about 3/4 cup.
Shake well before using.


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