How to counteract too much Worcestershire sauce? (5 ways)

In this brief guide, we will answer the question, “How to counteract too much Worcestershire sauce?”. We will discuss different ways that will help you counteract too much Worcestershire sauce in a recipe. 

How to counteract too much Worcestershire sauce?

If you have added too much Worcestershire sauce in a recipe and are desperately searching for ways to counteract it, do not fret, here we have prepared a long list of ways to help you counteract too much Worcestershire sauce in a recipe, and to make it suitable to serve.

  • Dilute the recipe
  • Add something starchy
  • Add ketchup
  • Add more tomato puree 
  • Add red wine, sugar and lemon juice 

Different ways to counteract too much Worcestershire sauce in a recipe

Worcestershire sauce is a brown seasoning made up of vinegar, molasses, cloves, anchovies, tamarind, chilli peppers, shallots, garlic and onion, among other things. 

It has a combination of savoury, sweet, and tangy flavours. It adds a strong umami flavour to a dish and is often used in marination and dipping. It is sour as it has vinegar and tamarind added to it. It also has some sweetness due to the sugar with a spicy tinge to it. 

Too much of the sauce will easily ruin the taste and there is a fine line between too less, just enough and too much. Hence, it should be added in the form of a few drops at a time.

The best way is to start with a quarter tsp per serving: a recipe that serves 4 persons will need about 1 tsp to build up the umami flavour in the dish. 

You can add more, a tsp at a time, but do not be in a rush. A little goes a long way. If the dish already has strong flavours you might need a bit more (or none at all) but delicate dishes like eggs can easily be overpowered by adding too much.

Dilute the recipe

You can quickly fix too much Worcestershire sauce in a recipe by adding more of the other ingredients. This will help neutralize the excess Worcestershire sauce, helping you save your dish. 

You can add more meat, extra oil, extra water, and everything that makes up the base of your recipe.

Adding more water might affect the thickness of the sauce, but you can cover this up by adding some cornflour into the dish.

This method has the added benefit of making an extra amount which you can separate and save for another day. 

You may have to re-season your dish with some herbs and fresh spices after diluting to have a well-balanced flavour.

Add something starchy

You can also add a starchy ingredient to your dish that can help absorb the excess Worcestershire sauce.

Adding a peeled potato will also reduce the effect of the Worcestershire sauce. Throw in a few raw potato slices into your dish. The potato will absorb the excess Worcestershire sauce and distribute starch into the dish, diluting it further. Discard the potatoes afterwards and proceed with your recipe as if nothing happened. 

You can also add a small dough of flour to neutralize the flavour. This will help absorb the extra Worcestershire sauce right away and also do not soak up any liquid, so be careful about how long you keep it in.

Add ketchup 

You can also add ketchup as required. This will also neutralize the flavour of the Worcestershire sauce. Add ketchup slowly, tasting after every addition to make sure that you do not add too much of it. 

Add more tomato puree 

Increasing the amount of tomato puree will also help neutralize the taste of  Worcestershire sauce.

Add red wine, sugar and lemon juice 

To even out too much Worcestershire sauce in your recipe, you can mix some red wine and sugar into the recipe with a sprinkle of lemon juice.

Is excess Worcestershire sauce bad for you?

Yes, Worcestershire sauce if consumed in excess can be bad for you. That is because Worcestershire sauce has a lot of sodium and sugar, so the key is to consume in moderate amounts.

However, consuming it in moderation can provide many health benefits. It may improve digestion and give strength to people with osteoarthritis, and improve the function of joints.

What can be substituted with Worcestershire sauce?

If you have run short of Worcestershire sauce, you can substitute it with any of the following:

  • Balsamic vinegar. 
  • Soy sauce + sugar
  • BBQ sauce
  • Fish sauce
  • Coconut aminos
  • Anchovies

Conclusion 

In this brief guide, we have provided an answer to the question, “How to counteract too much Worcestershire sauce in a recipe?”. We have discussed different ways that will help you counteract too much Worcestershire sauce in a recipe. 

References 

https://www.drgourmet.com/column/chef/2016/011816.shtml

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.