Worcestershire sauce is a magical ingredient that can transform a recipe, it’s always handy to have a bottle in your cupboard. There are times though, when you might not have this spicy little lifesaver.
If you’re on the lookout for a good Worcestershire sauce substitute, look no further.
What is Worcestershire sauce?
The perfect blend of salty, sweet, unami, acidity and spice, Worcestershire sauce is a British sauce that can be used to add flavor to everything from stews and sauces to salads and marinades.
Made from a mix of distilled white vinegar, molasses, sugar, water, salt, onions, anchovies, garlic, cloves, tamarind extract, chili pepper extract and other natural flavorings.
The actual recipe and how the sauce is made remains a closely guarded secret. Many people try making their own homemade Worcestershire sauce, but nothing quite comes close to the original thing.
How do you pronounce Worcestershire sauce?
If you’ve ever wondered how to pronounce Worcestershire sauce, don’t worry… even Brits have trouble saying it!
The correct way to pronounce it is ‘woos-ter-sher’ sauce. See? Easy when you know how.
Many British and Irish people would rather call the famous sauce Worcestershire sauce ‘Worcester sauce’ (woos-ter sauce) to avoid getting their tongues tied in knots!
Who invented Worcestershire sauce?
The time-honored ingredient was first produced in Worcester, England way back in 1837.
Two chemists named John Wheeley Lea and William Perrins (hence Lea & Perrins) came up with the recipe. Legend has it that a rich merchant sailor visited their pharmacy asking for them to reproduce a recipe that he had tasted on his travels in India.
The two culinary wizards soon came up with the secret sauce and stashed some away for themselves. Unimpressed at first, they later returned to taste their creation and were amazed.
The unique sauce is still made in Worcester today. It’s now sold all over the world.
A few ideas for a Worcestershire sauce substitute
Recipes that use Worcestershire sauce
- Cottage pie – a classic British recipe, cottage pie is a delicious mix of minced meat in sauce with a topping of mash potato. It’s the best dish for the richness of Worcestershire sauce
- Lamb sloppy Joes – my take on an all American tradition, this sloppy Joe recipe is a big messy delight, made all the more delicious by the addition of Worcestershire sauce
- Roasted shallots – sweet tangy and utterly irresistible, this sumptuous side dish is the perfect showcase for the unique taste of Worcestershire sauce
- Jamaican oxtail stew – this is one tasty stew! Aside from the Worcestershire sauce, there are so many incredible flavors, all working together in perfect harmony
- Devilled sausages – sausages don’t get much better than this. These bad boys are diabolically tasty, and Worcestershire sauce is just one of many ingredients that combine to create this sinful sensation!
- Gluten free barbecue sauce – if you’ve never made homemade barbecue sauce, now’s the time to try!
- BBQ smoked ribs – these ribs are phenomenal, thanks in part to the Worcestershire sauce marinade