In this guide, we'll answer the question: "Is Worcestershire Sauce Vegan?". We'll also give you vegan worcestershire sauce brands you can buy. Finally, we'll show you how to make your own at home quickly and easily.
There are two main Worcestershire sauces that we recommend for Vegans which we've listed below. They taste pretty much exactly the same, and since anchovies are usually a small part of a recipe, you're unlikely to notice any difference!
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What is Worcestershire Sauce Exactly?
Worcestershire sauce is typically made with several distinct tasting ingredients such as vinegar, sugar, cloves, and garlic. This mixture then undergoes an aging process to deep the flavors. The sauce was created by two chemists from Worcester which is how it got its names of these chemists were John Wheeley Lea and William Henry Perrins. If those names look familiar it is because they created the company Lea & Perrin's which is one of the best known and best selling Worcestershire sauces on the market.
While its not quite a condiment per se like ketchup, mustard, soy sauce or sriracha, Worcestershire sauce is typically found in the same aisle of the supermarket. You technically probably can dip your food into it, but most people would find its flavor profile to be too strong.
What Does a Worcestershire Sauce Ingredient Statement Look Like?
We've taken the ingredients from the original Lea and Perrin's Worcestershire sauce and displayed it below. It's not simply about the ingredients in this sauce, but the aging of the ingredients which allows the flavors to develop.
Ingredients: Distilled White Vinegar, Molasses, Sugar, Water, Salt, Onions, Anchovies, Garlic, Cloves, Tamarind Extract, Natural Flavorings, Chili Pepper Extract
As you can see, anchovies are a staple in one of the biggest brand out there.
The Wizard's makes an organic and delicious Worcestershire sauce that is definitely worth trying. Annie's is another brand that makes pretty much the same thing. Either or are going to be great choices for replacing non-veg worcestershire sauce. We've linked to them above so be sure to check them out!
Here's the ingredient statement for Annie's: