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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 every ingredient a second thought. That’s when it occurred to me that I could probably make a version from scratch in less time than it took to go to the store.

In Canada we’re pretty familiar with the fact that popular brands sold in the United States contain different ingredients from country to country. The label looks the same but the ingredients can be a bit different and may include gluten. That may change over time but when I wanted to replace gluten containing Worcestershire sauce in my kitchen the Canadian Lea & Perrins contained gluten.

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A picture of all the ingredients to make homemade Worcestershire sauce

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Gluten Free Worcestershire Sauce Without Tamarind

Worcestershire sauce is a liquid condiment commonly used in beverages, salad dressings and as a seasoning for meat. It is kind of unique and I thought from my reading over the years that it should contain tamarind.

This recipe starts with apple cider vinegar (instead of malt vinegar), an ingredient I always have in my cupboard. I do keep tamarind in my pantry but I compared several recipes and finally came up with this one. I’m happy with both how easy it is to make and the taste.

If you’re keen to experiment and tweak the recipe check out this post, Tamarind concentrate vs tamarind paste. I’d start by adding one teaspoon to the recipe and then go by your taste.

There are other, more accurate recipes, available. If you are a Worcestershire sauce snob you can head over to America’s Test Kitchen and try their premium homemade Worcestershire sauce. Their recipe requires aging and is nicely wrapped in brown paper. It would make a perfect homemade gift but that’s not happening in my kitchen any time soon.

Get The Tools

I poured that first recipe into a little glass bottle with a lid, like this salad dressing bottle. You can find them at kitchen stores or a dollar store. I recommend you buy a decent bottle with a proper stopper. I labeled my bottle using my Dymo label maker and simply refill as needed.

Let me know in the comments below if you made this recipe as is of if you tweaked it.


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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