Worcestershire sauce recipes can be intimidating. An authentically homemade Worcestershire sauce recipe requires a rather long fermentation process, and most of us aren’t that patient. It requires anchovies. Do you eat anchovies? (Maybe you do. They’re nutritious little buggers.) It requires far more attention than I’d like to give something as simple as a condiment.
And store bought Worcestershire sauce? Have you read those labels lately? Until recently, it was practically impossible to find one at your supermarket that didn’t contain high fructose corn syrup. Can you spell d-i-s-a-p-p-o-i-n-t-m-e-n-t? Seeing a traditionally fermented, flavorful condiment reduced to such levels of mass-produced mediocrity is enough to make me cringe.
Maybe even shed a tear.
Enter my homemade Worcestershire Sauce recipe. You don’t have to do any long ferments or cooking. You don’t need any wild or unusual ingredients. It’s not “authentic,” but it’s a fantastic substitute for Worcestershire Sauce when you don’t want the HFCS.
I’ve seen a few of the homemade Worcestershire sauce substitute recipes out there, and almost all of them are missing the single most important ingredient in a good Worcestershire sauce — anchovies. I understand their desire to be “simple.” Hey, even I want a simple Worcestershire sauce recipe!
But, how hard is it to stir in some anchovy paste? Or, in the case of my own version of an easy homemade Worcestershire sauce recipe, some Thai fish sauce (which is fermented from anchovies)?
I also know that a real Worcestershire sauce would contain tamarind paste, but (unlike Thai fish sauce, which is usually stocked right next to soy sauce) that’s an odd ingredient that most grocery stores don’t carry. A decent substitute for the distinctive sweet & sour tamarind is a combination of black strap molasses and lime, so that’s what I went with here.
Hope you enjoy!
Worcestershire Sauce Recipe: Easy Homemade Substitute
(makes 3/4 cup)
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (where to find raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar)
- 2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce (where to find Thai fish sauce)
- 2 tablespoons honey (where to find raw honey)
- 1 tablespoon molasses (where to find REAL black strap molasses)
- juice of one lime
- 1/2 tsp ground clove
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic
- 1/4 tsp of chili powder
Mix all ingredients together in a blender, or shake thoroughly in a dressing bottle!
That’s it. See what I mean about this being an EASY homemade Worcestershire sauce recipe?
Again: It’s not 100% “authentic.” I know it’s missing tamarind. I know it’s not a probiotic-filled craft ferment. But this substitute for worcestershire sauce works well in a pinch, and it’s made entirely with ingredients I routinely keep in my pantry.
(photo by FotoosVanRobin)