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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.

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 products 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.

I have tamarind in my pantry but on that first day I was looking for an easy gluten free Worcestershire sauce recipe the one I chose didn’t use tamarind. Oh well, clearly I’m not too fussy in the Worcestershire sauce department.

I made this exact recipe and have continued to make it for several years even though there are other, more accurate recipes, readily available on the internet. America’s Test Kitchen has a homemade Worcestershire sauce that is aged…as it should be. They wrap it in brown paper and it would be a perfect gift for a celiac foodie friend…but that’s not happening in my kitchen any time soon.

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.