Easiest Substitutes for Worcestershire Sauce In Recipes

What Is Worcestershire Sauce in Japan?


Worcestershire sauce in Japan refers to the sauce made by mixing puree of vegetables (including carrots, onions, and tomatoes), fruits juice, and broth, and seasoning with sugar, vinegar, salt, and spices.
It’s commonly used all over Japan, especially when people eat deep-fried dishes, yakisoba (stir-fried noodles), okonomiyaki, and takoyaki.

Please check the following sites to know more about Japanese Worcestershire sauce and different types of it.
What Is Worcestershire Sauce in Japan?
Different Types of Japanese Sauce (Worcestershire, Chuno, Tonkatsu, and Okonomi Sauce)


What Is A Good Substitute for Worcestershire Sauce?

Worcestershire sauce is extremely delicious sauce that you can use for various kinds of dishes.
Sweet, salty, and sour sauce with a little spicy flavor matches perfect especially with Japanese deep-fried dishes.
But what if you get to the store and can’t find any?

Here is recipe for the best simple substitute for Japanese Worcestershire sauce:

3.5 tablespoons Ketchup + 1 tablespoon Soy sauce + A pinch of Peppers

If you can’t find any sauce including Worcestershire, chuno, tonkatsu, and okonomi sauce, why don’t you make it using ketchup at home.

Tomatoes as a main ingredient for ketchup is also used in Worcestershire sauce normally, and it contains great umami (delicious taste), sweetness, and fruity flavor.

Since ketchup has more sweetness rather than Worcestershire sauce, please adjust the taste by adding soy sauce. 

In order to make the flavor of spices which is very important part of Worcestershire sauce, I would say you should add peppers. Using white pepper is recommended because black peppers has very strong flavor that might ruin the taste of the sauce.

Finally, please add a pinch of salt too if you need it.


The color won’t be like the Worcestershire sauce due to the use of ketchup, but the taste is very nice, you can feel great sweetness and spice together!