Worcestershire Sauce Recipe

by Merissa on November 6, 2013

in Recipes

Worcestershire Sauce Recipe - Little House Living

Worcestershire Sauce Recipe

Although Worcestershire sauce is probably one of the most difficult ingredients to spell, it is a versatile sauce that has many uses.   Worcestershire is a perfect blend of salty, sweet, spicy and sour, which lends great flavor to bland dishes.

There are many ways to use Worcestershire sauce to enhance your everyday meals.

  • It makes a great marinade for steaks: just pour this Worcestershire sauce recipe over thawed steaks with salt and pepper, and allow to marinate at least 1 hour.
  • Add a couple tablespoons to a quick chicken or vegetable stir-fry for well-balanced flavor.
  • Use it to make a delicious homemade barbecue sauce.
  • Add a splash to boost your spaghetti sauces or other red pasta dishes.

It is incredibly simple and quick to whip up a batch of homemade Worcestershire sauce at home.   It requires some staple ingredients that you most likely already have and 10 minutes of your time, that's it!  The great thing about making your own Worcestershire sauce recipe is that you can turn up the salty, spicy, sour or sweet to cater to your tastes.  If you like a saltier sauce, add more soy sauce.  If you want to make it sweeter, you increase the amounts of molasses or honey.  If you're wanting spicier, you can add more chili powder, or even pour in a teaspoon of sriracha.  To attain a stronger sour note, simply increase the vinegar.

The recipe below is well-balanced, and tastes similar to what you can find at your local market.

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Worcestershire Sauce Recipe

What You Need:

(Makes about 1 cup of sauce)

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 cup molasses
  • 1/8 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon or ground clove
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • Juice from 1/2 lime

In a small saucepan, mix ingredients together and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and pour into a blender.  Blend until smooth. Store in a dressing bottle, or covered bowl in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.


If you plan on making any homemade sauces you NEED to have some of these glass bottles. They fit perfectly in your fridge doors and they work great for pouring the sauces. They even come with the little "dropper" top (that is removable) so you don't pour out way too much at once!

worcestershire sauce recipe

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What dishes will you add this Worcestershire sauce recipe to?  What is your favorite sauce to make from scratch?


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{ 60 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Virginia Bullock November 6, 2013 at 8:17 am

I am alergic to fish and sea food and I really miss the flavor of this stuff in my cooking. Any ideas on what I can substitute with for the fish sauce?


2 Andrea November 6, 2013 at 8:27 am

Hi Virginia,

Sorry to hear you’re allergic to fish. My daughter has food allergies, so I know how challenging it can be to find good substitutes. The fish sauce adds saltiness to the recipe, so I would just leave it out and substitute 1/2 tsp salt, or increase the amount of soy sauce by another tablespoon or two.


3 Katie December 23, 2015 at 11:19 am

I’m allergic to all seafood as well. I just found this recipe and wanted to thank you for sharing it here. I love to make chex party mix and have in the past bought vegan Worcestershire sauce online. You just saved me a few bucks! ( I’m just not putting the fish sauce in.) Looks and smells great! Thanks!


4 Crystal Eutsler November 6, 2013 at 9:05 am

Great post! Love making these kinds of things myself. You just don’t know for sure what is in them.


5 amber November 6, 2013 at 9:14 am

I was about to ask you where I could buy fish sauce and seen Virginia’s comment. With your reply I can make this without buying fish sauce!!! Thanks! Love reading your posts.


6 amber November 6, 2013 at 9:16 am

But don’t have any ginger. Am still gonna try it without that.


7 Lindsey November 6, 2013 at 9:27 am

Oh, too cool! Do you think anchovy paste would work in place of the fish sauce?


8 Andrea November 10, 2013 at 8:45 am

Hi Lindsey. Yes, I think anchovy paste will work just fine! The fish sauce I used is made out of anchovies, so it will likely taste very similar.


9 Andrea November 6, 2013 at 11:00 am

Thanks so much for the recipe! I love this sauce, but haven’t eaten it in many years because of the ingredients in the store bought version, so I look forward to trying it.


10 Mammaof3 November 6, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Love this,thanks!!!


11 Pamela November 6, 2013 at 7:10 pm

My theory is this – If you can’t pronounce it, you don’t need to be eating it. – I love your website and it’s my go to for homemade. I make everything I can from scratch.


12 Timothy Mackey July 5, 2016 at 3:48 pm

Pretty silly theory Pamela. Certain that you’ve missed many wonderful foods in your life.


13 Jamie C August 21, 2016 at 9:31 am

Pamela, I agree with your theory and the person who said it was silly probably dines at fast food restautants and buys chemical laden convenience foods without thinking about what they are putting in their body, or their children’s bodies.


14 Sue November 9, 2013 at 4:13 am

Thanks for this recipe. I have fish allergies and most store bought sauces have anchovies in them. And subbing just soy sauce is not the same thing. I love your site.


15 Candy musselman November 9, 2013 at 7:36 am

Do think this could be canned ?


16 Robert Shumway November 9, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Where are the juniper berries? The original has juniper berries in the recipe


17 Merissa November 9, 2013 at 4:56 pm

This recipe does not include them. Feel free to modify to your tastes.


18 Penelope November 9, 2013 at 11:32 pm

I am going to try this only using anchovies instead of fish sauce. I know real Worstershire sauce has anchovies. This looks easy and good!


19 Andrea November 10, 2013 at 8:46 am

Penelope, I think anchovies are a great substitution for fish sauce. Let us know how it goes!


20 Lauryn November 11, 2013 at 8:19 am

So glad to have come across this! Thanks for linking up to #MotivationMonday!


21 Jennie November 11, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Looks so yummy!
I would love if you would link up with me and share!


22 kathyinozarks November 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

thank you for the recipe-I have never thought of making this before-thanks


23 Bettie Towner November 11, 2013 at 9:55 pm

I see the possible substitution but I’ve never seen fish sauce. Where would I find it?

Am really enjoying the homemade recipes. Thank you.


24 Merissa November 12, 2013 at 6:23 am

You should be able to find it in the Asian section at the grocery store.


25 Teresa November 13, 2013 at 7:31 pm

I am so grateful that you have shared this recipe. I’m looking for recipes to make homemade condiments so I can avoid all the MSG and other fillers in most products. This looks great. Thanks! (P.S. Saw this at the All Things Thursday Blog Hop. Thanks for posting).


26 Kim Anderson November 14, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Thankyou so much for posting this. I constantly start to make recipes that require this sauce and end up having to run to the store last second and buy a bottle. Now I can make it at home and that great! Thanks for the post!


27 Miz Helen November 16, 2013 at 6:32 pm

This is a great recipe! Thank you so much for taking the time during this busy season to share your wonderful post with Full Plate Thursday. Have a wonderful weekend and hope to see you again real soon!
Miz Helen


28 April @ The 21st Century Housewife November 18, 2013 at 6:32 am

I love Worcestershire sauce, but have never made my own before. I was really interested to see your recipe! Thank you for sharing it with the Hearth and Soul hop.


29 Marlies December 26, 2013 at 6:42 am

thank you for all of the make your own recipes. I am going to try this one but I do not eat anything with soy sauce in it. Any substitutions?


30 Andrea December 26, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Hi Marlies, do you not eat soy sauce or soy in general? If you’re not adverse to soy, you can try Liquid Aminos as an alternative. If you’re completely avoiding soy, you could try a chick-pea based miso, olive brine, or balsamic vinegar (with a bit more salt).


31 Marlies March 23, 2014 at 5:15 am

I try not to eat anything with soy in it due to health reasons– if man made it, don’t eat it. Thanks for the tip on the balsamic vinegar though, I will have to try this for sure.


32 Carol November 9, 2014 at 7:55 pm

I avoid soy also. I love asian flavours in cooking, missed soy sauce sooo much. I finally came up with a mixture that I can use instead. 1 1/4 c fish sauce, 1/4 c Maggi, 1 tsp honey, 1 tsp molassas, pinch of citric acid or Vit C powder. The main flavour comes from the fish sauce & the molassas. The flavour of the fish sauce will affect how it tastes. For this you want one that is more salty than fish taste. You can skip the Maggi if you have trouble with wheat, it just adds a another layer to the flavour. Just taste, you may need to tweak the salty/ sweet ratio. I usually avoid wheat but find I can tolerate the small amount in this.


33 Peggy December 30, 2013 at 7:57 am

Do you know if you could can this? If you can what method would you use? Thank you for the recipe.


34 Danny February 14, 2014 at 11:31 pm

You say after making the sauce you leave in fridge for a month why? What do you mean store in dressing bottle is that with cap on and left out of fridge? Can I bottled and cap this sauce while hot as I do with tomato sauce and plum sauces I make and they are best before for a year or until opened when opened they are refrigerated. I notice a lot of recipes say to allow to cool before capping which I believe is wrong as if the product is bottled or jarred while coming straight off cooking then lidded or capped as I do you will have no trouble with stuff going off as you can see when cooled the lid is drawn in. How soon can you use your sauce after bottling and capping does it have to mature first?


35 Sarah @ My Joy-Filled Life May 11, 2014 at 8:03 pm

My husband puts Worcestershire sauce on just about everything. I never even thought of making my own. I’ll have to give this a try!


36 [email protected] May 12, 2014 at 9:43 am

I use SOOO much Worcestershire sauce. I can’t wait to make up a batch! Pinned!!


37 Rachel @ Art, Craft & Mess May 12, 2014 at 11:53 pm

I saw this on Treasure Box Tuesday today and have to bookmark for future use as I love Wostershire Sauce and making my own sounds just perfect for me.Very excited to find this recipe, thanks.

Rachel @ Craft, Art & Mess


38 Jennifer Johnson May 14, 2014 at 8:17 am

Too cool! I have never thought of making this.


39 Mrs. Sarah Coller May 14, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Mmm…this is a great idea too. Thanks! I’m curious about fish sauce, though. I’ve never seen that. I assume it’s just at Walmart, yes?


40 Merissa May 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

Yes you should be able to find it near the stir fry type of sauces.


41 Lorraine @ Cookin' For the Seven Dwarfs May 17, 2014 at 11:24 am

I love the idea of making this yourself instead of buying it from the store! I’ve gotta try this! Thanks for linking up with us at Sweet & Savoury Sundays! This is one of my favorites this week! 🙂 Hope you’ll link up with us again!


42 [email protected] in Pyjamas May 19, 2014 at 6:02 am

What a great idea to make it, I love to use it and by making it yourself you know what’s going into it. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!


43 CJ Huang May 19, 2014 at 6:29 am

What a great recipe to DIY! I’m definitely going to have to try this recipe once we run out of Worcestershire. 🙂


44 Rach @ EazyPeazyMealz May 19, 2014 at 3:48 pm

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45 [email protected] to the Basics! May 20, 2014 at 5:56 am

Thank you for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist! Hope to see you again this week!


46 Sherryl @ SimplySherryl May 20, 2014 at 11:02 am

Interesting.. never thought about fish sauce being in it. It looks simple enough to make and it is a favorite for my crew.


47 cindi July 4, 2014 at 9:27 am

merissa, do you think this would freeze ok to make it’s shelf life longer? i don’t use much worcestershire sauce (whew! i had a heck of a time spelling that!!) but i’d love to have a version that’s clean.


48 Patti W. August 25, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Thank you for your post-I do like this sauce.
I tried your steak in crock pot-absolutely delicious!!!!!


49 Sandra August 26, 2014 at 3:08 am

Thank you so much for this, I’m an Englishman (woman actually) in Portugal where they sell something called Molho Ingles (English sauce); I’m sure it’s supposed to be Worcestershire sauce but it’s very vinegary and doesn’t taste the least bit like Lea & Perrins!
So now I can make my own.


50 Jeannie January 16, 2015 at 5:56 pm

FIY I googled your recipe because I saw a Pinterest pin pinterest.com/pin/151503974941102504/
that led to an adapted from you but the link didn’t go to you.


51 Merissa January 16, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Thanks for letting me know Jeannie. I’m glad you found your way here!


52 Alida April 28, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Yum! I enjoy cooking out-of-the-ordinary condiments like this (the kind of thing that is nearly always commercially made) and it was a success! I added 2 T. of tamarind paste, a sprinkling of cayenne, and increased the honey by 1 T. Thank you for the recipe!


53 KD Dunbar April 23, 2016 at 10:52 am

Where’s the tamarind?


54 Courtney May 8, 2016 at 4:18 pm

I’ve never thought about making my own Worcestershire sauce, but now I want to! Thank you for sharing! 🙂


55 Jess May 9, 2016 at 11:28 am

Wow…what a neat recipe! Totally pinned it! 🙂

I would love for you to share this with my Recipes, Crafts, Tips and Tricks Facebook group.

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!


56 Leigh May 10, 2016 at 9:09 am

Well, this is going to come in very handy! Thank you!


57 Maria May 11, 2016 at 10:07 am

I love this. I used Worcestershire sauce for everything, but never even thought of making it on my own. Totally sharing and pinning for later. Saying hello from Tuesday Talk


58 Ashleigh May 11, 2016 at 7:38 pm

This is really great! I love worcestershire sauce but i hate the store bought kinds that have unnecessary chemicals in them. Since I already have the ingredients that wont be a problem anymore. Thanks for sharing!


59 CJ Huang May 12, 2016 at 9:46 am

We definitely like Worcerstershire around here, and I can never seem to spell it correctly. We’re running a bit low on it here, and I’m thinking I’ll have to make some. Good thing I have all the ingredients already. 🙂


60 KT May 13, 2016 at 6:50 am

This is brilliant! And I really love your page–it’s gorgeous!


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