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Homemade Vegan Worcestershire Sauce

This recipe for vegan Worcestershire sauce makes a fresher alternative to store-bought sauce. Try using it to make Colin Quinn's Irish Lamb Stew.

  • Yield: Makes about 1 cup
Homemade Vegan Worcestershire Sauce

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, March 2010


  • 2 cups apple-cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup light-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground yellow mustard seed or dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to a simmer and cook until liquid is reduced by half, about 20 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve and let cool completely before using. Worcestershire sauce may be stored in an airtight container, refrigerated, for up to 3 months.


Reviews (9)

  • mermaidlaughing 27 Jan, 2015

    If Martha intended this recipe for people with fish allergies then it should be "Allergen Free Worcestershire Sauce".
    It is disrespectful to a large audience of people to call something "vegan" and then pair it with a dish that consists of portions of a slaughtered baby.
    I highly doubt this would've happened with a "Jewish" sauce paired with pork! As for the commenters who have a problem with vegans being upset, can you at least show some respect for compassionate humans if not the animals?

  • ba50 12 Oct, 2014

    I felt compelled to defend this recipe. It's perfectly acceptable to pair a vegan sauce with a meat dish. Yes, a vegan would not eat this, but they might find value in the recipe for the worcestershire. And people who eat meat might think it's nice to add some non meat alternatives when possible. It's like saying if someone drives an SUV they shouldn't recycle because they aren't being perfect in all areas. Moderation is more humane and healthier for us and the planet then doing nothing.

  • mermaidlaughing 27 Jan, 2015

    "Moderation" is an excuse when we're talking about sentient beings having their lives cut short to satisfy a human desire. Meat isnt good for us...even mainstream medical centers and MDs agree with this animals with complex emotional lives are being tortured and dying to satisfy a simple craving that is detrimental to the body. Moderation makes no sense in this context.

  • hockeychick018 24 Apr, 2014

    Newsflash to you vegans - some people want this recipe because they're allergic to fish, not because they're vegans! (And some of us just think anchovies are gross...)
    I'm surprised there's no molasses in this recipe, although I suppose I could try adding it in place of the brown sugar.

  • Alternagirl81 7 Jun, 2013

    So the point of being vegan is not to consume animal products, how are you going to use this to make a recipe for lamb? Defeats the whole purpose of avoiding any and all animal products and does not make any sense to me...

  • Cybele42 31 May, 2013

    Perfect with the addition of 1/4 tsp. allspice

  • zedrie 15 May, 2013

    Paired this with TVP to make a vegan Sheppard's pie. It was fantastic!! Definitely going to be a repeat meal in my home.

  • VeganDiner 9 Feb, 2011

    Couldn't agree more. Wrong on every level, I would say.

  • mmmorgans 10 Apr, 2010

    Martha!! Why would you suggest to pair a VEGAN sauce with Lamb Stew???
    Wrong on so many levels...

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