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Short Answeris worcestershire sauce paleo

No, Worcestershire sauce is not Paleo!

Wooster what?

In the Paleo diet, it is very confusing as to which condiments are approved and not. We have been accustomed to using different types of condiments to enhance the flavor of food but when strictly following the Paleo diet, most condiments available are not approved because they contain preservatives such as sugar, artificial colorings and other ingredients. Worcestershire sauce is a good example of this.

Worcestershire sauce, pronounced as “Wooster or Worcester” is a fermented liquid mixture of vinegar, soy sauce, molasses, sugar, salt, anchovies, tamarind extract, onion, garlic and flavorings. It is a complex, umami-filled condiment that has the ability to add a mysterious, savory flavor and aroma to dishes.  This sauce is often used in deviled eggs, chilli con carne, beef stews, and cocktails like Bloody Mary and has South Asian roots.

Unfortunately, even if Worcestershire sauce is fermented, it is not Paleo basically because it contains sugar, molasses, gluten and preservatives.

Make Your own Worcestershire Sauce

If Worcestershire sauce is something that you cannot afford to lose in your diet, instead of buying the popular Lea Perrins in the grocery, you can just try to make your own at home by following the steps below and eliminating the non-Paleo ingredients. What you’ll need are the following:


  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar;
  • 2 tbsp water;
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos;
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger;
  • 1/4 tsp mustard powder;
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder;
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder;
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon;
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper;


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and slowly bring to a boil while stirring frequently.
  2. Let simmer for about a minute for the flavors to develop.
  3. Cool and store in the refrigerator.

What Experts Say About Worcestershire Sauce… Is It Paleo?

“Worcestershire sauce is actually a legitimate fermented condiment with South Asian roots”. – Mark Sisson

All you ever wanted to know about Worcestershire Sauce and Paleo

Mark’s Daily Apple. The Wonderful, Pungent World of Asian Fermented Condiments (and Why You Should Visit)

The Paleo List. Is Worcestershire Sauce Paleo?

Paleo Leap. Homemade Paleo Condiments

Our Paleo Life. Paleo Worcestershire Sauce Recipe

Paleo Table. Paleo Worcestershire Sauce

Wheat Free Dairy Free Kitchen. Paleo Worcestershire Sauce – Better than Lea & Perrins®

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photo credit: rjw1 A pint of worcestershire sauce