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    Great Gluten-Free Recipes that Use Worcestershire Sauce

    Jefferson Adams
    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

      Is Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce gluten-free and safe for people with celiac disease?

    Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce.
    Caption: Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce.

    Celiac.com 02/11/2020 - We get a lot of questions about Worcestershire sauce here at Celiac.com. Is Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce gluten-free and safe for people with celiac disease? In the U.S., the answer is yes. U.S. versions of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce do not contain malt vinegar and are regarded as gluten-free and safe for people with celiac disease. 

    In the U.S. French's and Kroger brands of Worcestershire sauce are also gluten-free. Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce sold outside the U.S. may contain malt vinegar, and may not be gluten-free, so do check labels. The only allergen listed on U.S. labels is fish from anchovies. So, there's no reason to assume that it is unsafe for people with celiac disease. That said, here are some great gluten-free recipes that use Worcestershire sauce to deliver deep, complex flavors that keep lovers of good food coming back for more.

    Worcestershire Glazed Oven Baked Pork Chop

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    • 4 thick cut pork chops
    • 1 tablespoon gluten-free soy sauce or tamari
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
    • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
    • 2 tablespoons ketchup

    Heat oven to 350 Fahrenheit

    In a mixing bowl, add brown sugar and other glaze ingredients.

    Add pork chops to glaze and turn until well-coated.

    Place pork chops into a baking dish and top with remaining glaze.

    Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes or so, until cooked through.

    Serve with rice and vegetables.

    Amazing Marinated Steaks


    • 1½ pound ribeye or New York steak
    • ⅓ cup gluten-free soy sauce or tamari
    • ⅓ cup lemon juice
    • ½ cup olive oil
    • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
    • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
    • 1 teaspoon pepper
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • pinch of red pepper
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • fresh chopped parsley

    In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, lemon juice, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, pepper, salt, and a pinch of red pepper. Add steaks to a resealable zip lock bag or large bowl and pour the marinade on top. Marinate for 2 hours or overnight.

    To make the steaks in a skillet:

    Heat an oiled skillet to high. 

    Cook steaks 3 minutes each side, or until well-browned. 

    Reduce heat to medium-high. 

    Cook the steaks to desired doneness.

    Top with butter and garnish with fresh parsley as desired.

    Honey Sriracha Glazed Chicken

    Like many otherwise gluten-free hot sauce brands, Sriracha, aka Rooster Sauce, does not label its product as gluten-free, it contains no gluten ingredients, and is made with gluten-free vinegar. We've long regarded Sriracha as gluten-free and safe for people with celiac disease.

    This recipe harnesses the flavors of honey, Worcestershire and Sriracha sauce for a sweet and spicy fusion of spicy, savory, tangy and sweet that is sure to please.


    • 6-8 chicken thighs
    • 1 cup diced onions
    • 1 tablespoon garlic paste
    • 1 cup unsalted chicken stock
    • ¼ cup brown sugar (packed)
    • 1 cup honey
    • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
    • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

    Heat a well-oiled skillet over high heat and cook the onions and garlic paste until tender, about 2-3 minutes. 

    Pour in the stock until reduced by half, stir in the brown sugar until melted. 

    Add the remaining ingredients and heat until thickening begins, pour into a blender and puree well. Do small batches to avoid spraying hot liquid. Separate the sauce into two bowls. 

    Oil outdoor grill rack, and heat to medium heat (350-400°F). 

    Place the chicken thighs on grill and cook for 35, 40 minutes flipping often. 

    Brush or spoon on sauce from one of the bowls with every turn of the chicken, reserving the second bowl for serving. 

    Great Marinated Chicken


    • 6-8 chicken thighs
    • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • ½ cup balsamic or red wine vinegar
    • ¼ cup gluten-free soy sauce or tamari
    • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
    • ¾ cup brown sugar
    • ⅛ cup lemon juice
    • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
    • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon onion power

    Mix marinade ingredients in a large mixing bowl. 

    Add chicken thighs and cover.

    Marinate for at least 2 hours and up to overnight.

    Cook on a hot, oiled grill, turning as needed until done.

    Want more great gluten-free recipes that use Worcestershire sauce? Check the Lea & Perrins website for these recipes and more:

    Edited by Jefferson Adams


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    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,500 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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