Gluten free Worcestershire sauce is supposed to be easy to buy but when I first searched for it I couldn’t find it.
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.
In Canada we’re familiar with the fact that popular items contain different ingredients when sold in the United States or in Canada. The label looks the same but the ingredients can be a bit different and may include gluten. When I wanted to replace gluten containing Worcestershire sauce in my kitchen, the Canadian Lea & Perrins bottle contained gluten.
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. So I learned to make it and I’m happy with this recipe. All these ingredients are in my cupboard so it’s quick to come together. Try it and see what you think.
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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 knew from my reading over the years that it should contain tamarind.
This recipe starts with apple cider vinegar rather than malt vinegar, an ingredient I always have in my cupboard. I keep tamarind in my pantry but I compared several recipes and finally came up with this one. I’m happy with how easy it is to make and the taste so tamarind remains as an optional ingredient.
If you’re keen to experiment and tweak the recipe check out this post, Tamarind concentrate vs tamarind paste. I’d start by adding 1/2 teaspoon of tamarind to this recipe and then adjust to suit your taste.
There are other recipes that may be more accurate to the original. During my quest I found America’s Test Kitchen had a premium homemade Worcestershire sauce recipe. Theirs’ requires aging and is nicely wrapped in brown paper, the perfect homemade gift for any Worcestershire sauce fan. There was a time I may have taken on a project like that but for now, that won’t be happening in my kitchen.
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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. What do you like to make with Worcestershire sauce?
Recipes with Worcestershire Sauce
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Gluten Free Worcestershire Sauce
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tbsp gluten free 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
- ½ tsp tamarind (optional - see notes for use)
- 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 ¾ cup. Shake well before using.