Posted on: July 8, 2018 at 1:56 pm
Last updated: July 19, 2018 at 12:13 pm

Total Time: 5 Minutes

Preparation Time: 5 Minutes

Serves: 1½ Cups


  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup coconut aminos
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk until well-combined.
  2. Pour mixture into an airtight container and store in fridge for up to one month.

If you’ve ever cooked with beef before, it’s likely that you have a bottle of Worcestershire sauce hanging around in the pantry somewhere. In fact, the condiment has quite a few uses that you might not have considered before. But while the sauce can add a lot of flavor to dishes, I steer clear of using conventional store-bought Worcestershire sauce. Instead, I make my own homemade substitute for Worcestershire sauce. Here’s why I do it — and how you can make it, too.

Why I Don’t Use Conventional Worcestershire Sauce


Many times, we don’t give too much thought about what goes into the condiments, sauces and other ingredients we use in our cooking. But it’s really important to check out the ingredients lists of these items — a lot of times, you’re getting a whole lot more than you bargained for!

Take Worcestershire sauce, for example. This strong-smelling condiment is great for beef marinades, gravy recipes (like in this shepherd’s pie recipe) and more … But the ingredients of most Worcestershire sauces sold in stores aren’t something you’d eat otherwise.

Many brands contain high fructose corn syrup, for one. This highly processed sweetener has been linked to diabetes and high blood pressure. (12) It can also contribute to leaky gut syndrome. And that’s just one ingredient! No thanks.

Other brands contain soy sauce, cane sugar or cornstarch — or worse, all three. Not all Worcestershire sauces are created equal, and the ingredients vary greatly from one brand to another.

I don’t know about you, but I like having more control over what I’m putting into my body. And when conventional Worcestershire sauces include various troubling ingredients, I prefer to make my own.

Homemade Worcestershire Sauce Nutrition Facts

So if you’ve been wondering, “What can you substitute for Worcestershire sauce?,” I’ve got the recipe for you! You can whip this up in just five minutes with no special equipment or ingredients. Don’t worry about using it all at once, either. Made with Dijon mustard, coconut aminosapple cider vinegar and seasonings, this homemade Worcestershire sauce will keep for up to one month in the refrigerator.

Here’s what you’ll get in a serving of this substitute for Worcestershire sauce (based on 1 tablespoon):

  • 8 calories
  • 0.23 grams protein
  • 0.07 grams fat
  • 1.73 grams carbohydrates
  • 1.05 grams sugar
  • 122 milligrams sodium (8 percent DV)
  • 4.8 milligrams vitamin C (6 percent DV)

How to Make This Substitute for Worcestershire Sauce

Ready to whip up this substitute for Worcestershire sauce? Here’s what to do …

Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl.


Whisk everything up until the Worcestershire sauce is well-combined. No lumps here!

That’s all! Use in your favorite recipes to add a little extra flavor.


Pour any unused Worcestershire sauce into an airtight container. This will keep in the fridge for up to one month.


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Shared with permission from our friends at Dr. Axe.

Josh Axe
Doctor of Natural Medicine
Doctor of Natural Medicine at Exodus Health Center Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, is a doctor of natural medicine, clinical nutritionist and author with a passion to help people get well using food as medicine. Dr. Axe is the author of Eat Dirt and Essential Oils: Ancient Medicine , and he's also the founder of , one of the world's top natural health sites that draws more than 11 million visitors each month.

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