Cane’s sauce is a legendary condiment — only those who have been to Raising Cane’s before will understand!
With the unexpected spill out from a fired employee at cane’s, we now have all the secrets of the majestic recipe at our fingertips, and it’s only a matter of gathering the ingredients and whipping up a batch at home whenever we feel like — except of course we’re missing a bottle of Worcestershire Sauce, right?
Hmmm. Let’s sayyy..
Just dig a little more and you’ll find out everything you need to know!
What Can You Use As An Alternative To Worcestershire Sauce In Cane’s Sauce?
First, just know that you don’t need a bottle of Worcestershire sauce to make cane’s sauce; although you still need something like it to arrive at a cane’s sauce taste alike!
So if you’re planning on whipping up a batch of Cane’s sauce (because you just can’t resist doing so) and suddenly realize that you’re out of Worcestershire sauce, don’t be mad, you can try out the following 5 alternatives and I bet you they will save the day without sacrificing a lot in depth and flavor.
Soy cause is a pretty straightforward swap for Worcestershire sauce. An equal amount of soy sauce can easily replace Worcestershire in your Cane’s recipe because the sauces share a lot in common when it comes to their flavor as well as the way they affect dishes.
With soy sauce, you’ll get depth and umami added to the mix (in the same manner that Worcestershire sauce would have done), while still maintaining a similar savory profile for the cane’s sauce.
Another option you can try out is Maggi seasoning, which boasts its own unique blend of flavors. Begin with a small amount and adjust according to taste – this powerful liquid packs quite a punch and will not disappoint you in your quest for a perfect cane’s sauce!
Mix Ketchup White Vinegar & Soy Sauce
One of the most widely used alternatives to Worcestershire sauce is the combination of ketchup, white vinegar and soy sauce in a 1:1:½ ratio respectively.
It does a good job at mimicking the warm tangy-sweet essence of Worcestershire sauce.
Fish Sauce & Sugar or Molasses
With just a fish sauce alone, you’ll be half way there, but when you combine it with sugar or molasses, it will make up for the missing part (warm sweetness) and nail the trick!
When it comes to substituting this alternative, use half the amount of Worcestershire sauce called for in your original recipe, then add the sweetener!
I know many people don’t know this, but Worcestershire sauce does come in powdered form, which has the same flavor as the liquid version.
If you can’t find the liquid bottle in the stores, consider investing in the powdered form, and add in small amounts at a time and gradually increase until you achieve the desired results.
What About Eliminating The Sauce Completely?
I would not advise ditching the Worcestershire sauce completely because it plays a very important role in the sauce.
It adds so much in depth, brings in the umami component, as well as the sweet savoriness. Without it, the sauce just wouldn’t taste like we know.
It’s better to have something that tries to replace it, than nothing at all!
What Other Ingredients Can You Substitute Or Take Out From Cane’s Sauce?
The key to cane’s sauce signature flavor lies in the unique combination of ingredients.
But truth be told, while some are critical for achieving the desired taste and texture (not some, in fact, most), others can be tweaked or omitted based on personal preferences.
The essential ingredients for Cane’s sauce include:
- Black pepper (Coarse, freshly cracked black pepper)
- Worcestershire sauce (or any of its impressive substitutes)
These core components work together to create what the buds sense as CANE’S SAUCE!
The ketchup provides sweetness and tang, while the mayo adds creaminess (no flavor, though, since basic Mayo tastes like nothing).
Black pepper gives it a subtle kick, Worcestershire sauce brings depth with its umami flavors, and garlic lends a savory touch.
That said, there are additional ingredients you can experiment with or leave out without compromising the overall flavor profile:
- Liquid Smoke: This ingredient adds a bolder smoky flavor to your Cane’s sauce but is not crucial if you prefer a milder taste.
- Hot Sauce: If you’re not using liquid smoke or simply want to add some smoky heat to your Cane’s sauce, hot sauce is an optional addition.
- Celery Salt: This ingredient can be replaced with regular salt if unavailable or if you prefer less complexity in your seasoning.
- Kosher Salt: Again, regular salt can be used as an alternative if kosher salt is not on hand.
Recipe: Cane’s Sauce Without Worcestershire Sauce
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- Salt to taste
- ¼ cup ketchup
- 1 teaspoon freshly coarsely ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon of ketchup + white vinegar + soy sauce mixture (as described above)
- Combine the mayonnaise and ketchup in a small bowl and whisk everything together until smooth.
- Add in the freshly coarsely ground black pepper, salt and garlic powder and mix well to incorporate, then stir in the Worcestershire sauce alternative and mix until fully blended.
- Cover your homemade Cane’s Sauce with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 24 full hours to allow the flavors to come together – trust us on this one! Skipping this crucial step will result in a “shadow Cane’s Sauce” that lacks depth of flavor.
- After patiently waiting for your Cane’s Sauce to rest, grab some chicken fingers or fries and get ready to enjoy every delicious bite smothered in this delicious concoction!