If you’ve ever made a steak marinade containing Worcestershire sauce, we’re not surprised. This common condiment has its roots in 1830s England and is believed to be inspired by an Indian sauce sampled by a former governor of Bengal (via BBC). Here at Tasting Table, our Tenderizing Steak, Grilled Suspension Steak, and Marinated London Grill marinade recipes all contain the dark, salty sauce – and that’s because Worcestershire sauce contains not just one, but multiple ingredients. all of which improve the flavor and texture of the steak. .
Lea & Perrins, which invented Worcestershire sauce and continues to bottle the branded products, lists white vinegar, molasses, sugar, onions, garlic, anchovies, tamarind extract and extract chilies as the main ingredients (via Amazon). Therefore, the sauce is like several ingredients in one with its different flavors bringing different benefits to a piece of steak. Recipe blog One Good Thing notes that the vinegar in Worcestershire sauce tenderizes the steak, that its sugar and molasses provide both sweetness and shine, and that ingredients such as onion, garlic, tamarind and the anchovies contain a hint of umami flavor. The sauce mixes easily with other common marinade ingredients such as olive oil, soy sauce, mustard and lemon juice – or you can simply coat your steaks in pure Worcestershire sauce, let them marinate between 30 minutes and 2 hours, and then sear them on a grill or in a skillet, One Good Thing suggests.