Sauce Recipes

It’s #Tuesdaytips and while I have a plethora of sauce recipes for you to try down below, I first want to cover the history of sauce as well as definition.

The definition of Sauces are the melding of ingredients including stocks, wine, aromatics, herbs and dairy into a harmonious taste. Most small sauces are based on the principle of reduction; cooking down various liquids with aromatics, wine, and herbs, to meld, concentrate, and balance the flavor and consistency.nSauces provide moistness (I know many hate the word for culinary dishes but it suits it) and flavor to dishes.

The first record (or recipe) of a sauce, is dated back to 25 BC. It’s a poem that describes a farmer making a sauce of sorts, by pounding herbs, cheese, vinegar, and oil – you could say it was the great-great-grandfather of the modern pesto. However, Sauce is a French word taken from the Latin salsa, meaning salted. Possibly the oldest recorded European sauce is garum, the fish sauce used by the Ancient Romans, while doubanjiang, the Chinese soy bean paste is mentioned in Rites of Zhou in the 3rd century BC.

Sauces are used in dishes from all around the world. In the culinary world, we have categorized them into these 7 types.


Also known as white sauce, béchamel consists of milk thickened with equal parts of flour and butter. This butter and flour combination is known as a roux. French historians believe that Marquis Louis de Béchamel, the chief Steward of King Louis XIV’s household, invented béchamel. He supposedly came up with this white sauce when trying to improve the taste of dried cod. Besides fish, béchamel sauce is used in macaroni cheese, vegetable bakes, and chicken pot pie. 

Mayonnaise Sauce

Mayonnaise consists of oil, egg yolk, and vinegar or lemon juice. A French chef invented this cold emulsified sauce in 1756. Mayonnaise is thick and creamy and used in a variety of dishes including pasta salads, deviled eggs, and coleslaw. Many people put this creamy white sauce on their sandwiches and others use it as a dipping sauce.


Known as a dairy-free version of béchamel, velouté is a French word meaning velvet. Velouté is a light stock that comes from the unroasted bones of chicken, fish, or veal. The thin sauce gets thickened with a roux. Commonly served on poultry or seafood dishes, velouté is also a favorite sauce for Swedish meatballs. 


Also known as brown sauce, Espagnole is made from a brown stock. Brown roux, mirepoix, and tomato puree are often added to this rich, full-bodied sauce. Because of its strong taste, Espagnole is rarely used directly on food. Instead, this mother sauce is used to make a variety of other sauces including lyonnaise sauce, mushroom sauce, and bercy sauce. 


While demi-glace sauce is derived from Espagnole, it is still considered a mother sauce. The sauce is a combination of Espagnole and either beef or chicken stock. This sauce goes especially well with roasted meats and can be added to soups, stews, and stir-fry to boost the flavor. 


When made as a mother sauce, tomato sauce is nothing like you would expect. While there are tomatoes in it, the primary ingredients are salt pork and roux. Other ingredients include carrots, celery, garlic, and veal or chicken stock. The key to making this sauce is to simmer it until it thickens. Tomato sauce tastes delicious on pasta and breaded chicken. 


Made with egg yolks and clarified butter, hollandaise sauce is often used as a topping. Hollandaise is a French word that means, “Dutch style,” which reflects the importance of butter in Dutch cooking. Most popular on eggs benedict, hollandaise is also used on salmon, chicken breasts, broccoli, and asparagus.


Homemade Chunky Garden Vegetable Spaghetti Sauce (Pasta Sauce) – Raspberries and Kohlrabi

Pasta sauce in a white bowl.

“This Homemade Chunky Garden Vegetable Pasta Sauce is loaded with bright tomatoes and plenty of vegetables.” – Erica

Easy Strawberry Lemon Sauce – Raspberries and Kohlrabi

Strawberry lemon sauce in a glass jar.

“This homemade fresh strawberry lemon sauce is so easy to make with just four basic ingredients and only two steps.” – Erica


Pomegranate bbq sauce in a clear jar with a spoon sticking out and limes, pomegranate seeds, and flowers around it.

“From the tangy pomegranate juice and apple cider vinegar to the sweet brown sugar and ketchup, this pomegranate bbq sauce really amplifies any dish you pair it with.” – Alana

Easy Louisiana Style Hot Pepper Sauce Recipe – Moon and Spoon and Yum

louisiana hot sauce recipe

“This easy hot pepper sauce recipe is a delicious way to add flavor to many dishes. In south Louisiana, this recipe for pepper sauce is commonly known as Louisiana Style Hot Sauce.” – Kristen

Fermented Honey Jalapeño Hot Sauce – Moon and Spoon and Yum

a clear jar filled with fermented jalapeno hot sauce

“Southwestern-inspired, made with fresh jalapeños, sweet and subtly spicy, this fermented jalapeno hot sauce is one your whole family will love! This sauce can be used in a wide variety of dishes and is naturally gluten-free and dairy-free. Super easy to make with a 10 minute preparation time, the main ingredient you need (as with any fermented food recipe) is time!” – Kristen

5-Minute Pizza Aioli (The Yummiest Dipping Sauce) – Moon and Spoon and Yum

top view of a white creamy aioli sauce for dipping pizza in.

“Try our homemade pizza aioli (garlic aioli sauce). It is the perfect dipping and drizzle complement to your favorite light and crispy pizza!” – Kristen

TOFFEE SAUCE – It’s Not Complicated

“My easy recipe for Sticky Toffee Sauce will take you less than 15 minutes to prepare and uses just 5 ingredients. You will find many ways to use this easily made sauce that is smooth, sweet, creamy and so delicious.” – Alex

SWEET CHILLI SAUCE – It’s Not Complicated

“You will find many ways in which to enjoy my homemade Sweet Chilli Sauce and you will be pleasantly surprised how easy it is to make. It is made from ingredients that are readily available and, as with all foods that we make ourselves, we can control the quality of the ingredients which we use. It is certain to become a staple condiment in your home!” – Alex


“A quick and easy recipe for a homemade Chinese sweet and sour sauce recipe that tastes just like the ones at your Chinese takeout restaurants and is made without ketchup, pineapple, or food coloring.” – Joyce


“This flavorful quick and easy homemade Thai Peanut Satay Sauce recipe is made with coconut milk, peanut butter, and red curry paste and requires no cooking. It is great with chicken satay, appetizers, salads, or noodles!” – Joyce Lee

Copycat Raising Cane’s Sauce Recipe – Saving you Dinero

“Make this easy and delicious Canes Sauce Recipe! It’s a copycat recipe you need to try!” – Janell


“Bang bang sauce is a creamy, sweet and spicy mayonnaise-based sauce that can be served with chicken, fish, veggies, or a dip for french fries, roasted potatoes, or other favourite appetizers. This Homemade bang bang sauce is quick and easy and made with simple pantry ingredients.” – Deanna


This recipe for homemade dill tartar sauce uses simple pantry ingredients and whips up in minutes. Better than store-bought this tartar sauce is nice and tangy, perfect for your next seafood night.” – Deanna


“Looking for a quick and easy sauce for your next steak dinner? My creamy Dijon Mustard Sauce is a great go-to for a sauce that’s fast, simple but packed with flavour. Of course there is mustard, but I have also included garlic and rosemary – so good with dijon – plus bacon. Because we all know that bacon makes everything better!” – Lee-Ann

Mayo Ketchup Sauce – Spoons of Flavor

“Mayo ketchup sauce is a delicious match with a variety of food. Made with just 3 ingredients and it’s beyond easy.” – Geetanjali

Subway Sweet Onion Sauce Recipe – Spoons of Flavor

“Easy Subway sweet onion sauce recipe made from scratch within 15 minutes. If you love sweet onion sauce at Subway, this recipe is for you!” – Geetanjali


“This homemade teriyaki sauce recipe is easy and uses common ingredients, giving you the restaurant-style sauce you love!” – Jessica


“For the best sauce to serve with lobster ravioli, try this easy recipe. This garlic cream sauce with browned butter is so rich, fancy, & decadent.  This homemade sauce cooks up quickly and as the shallots and garlic infuse flavor into the browned butter, the kitchen smells amazing.  The nutty brown butter then gets some heavy cream and a touch of magic, brandy.  Once it comes together it turns into a beautiful light pink creamy sauce perfect for lobster ravioli.” – Angela


This creamy, lemony, smokey, and spicy remoulade sauce pairs amazingly with any seafood! It makes a wonderful crab cake sauce or po’ boy sauce.” – Jamie


Try this sweet & tangy classic Vietnamese dipping sauce known as Nước chấm. Made with fish sauce, fresh lime juice, garlic & sugar. A delicious spring roll dipping sauce or vermicelli sauce!” – Jamie


This easy homemade teriyaki sauce is made with just three ingredients and is ready in only 10 minutes! Pair this simple Japanese teriyaki sauce in stir fries with any protein and vegetable or use as a marinade, dip, or glaze!” – Jamie

Chocolate Sauce Made with 2 Ingredients in 3 Minutes – Christina’s Cucina

This is the easiest and quickest chocolate sauce you’ll ever make, which also happens to be the most delicious! No messing with cocoa, corn syrup or sugar, just 2 ingredients are all you need!” – Christina

The Best, Homemade, No-Cook Pizza Sauce Recipe- Christina’s Cucina

The best pizza sauce recipe is also the easiest! The best part is, it’s also an authentic Italian recipe–so what are you waiting for? Next time you make pizza, this is your recipe!” – Christina

Quick Authentic Homemade Tomato Sauce for Pasta – Christina’s Cucina

This authentic Italian tomato sauce (yes, it’s what you’d call “marinara”) is so quick, and easy to make that it’s ready before the pasta is finished cooking! Read the reviews; when you make this once, you’ll never go back to those inauthentic, sugar-filled, store-bought sauces, or inauthentic American recipes. Buon appetito!” – Christina

Buffalo Sauce Recipe – The Forked Spoon

“Homemade Buffalo Sauce is so easy to make at home using simple pantry ingredients. Tangy, spicy, and so much better than store-bought buffalo wing sauce, this recipe takes just 5 minutes to make and tastes delicious with everything from wings to sliders to vegetables – and everything in between!” – Jessica

Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce – Debra Klein

“The best Enchilada Sauce is one you make yourself. Homemade sauce lets you control the ingredients for a healthier version of that Taco Bell authentic experience. This recipe for homemade red enchilada sauce is quick, easy and delicious. Double the recipe to have some on hand for enchiladas, burritos, tacos and salads” – Debra

How to Make Jerk Sauce – In the Kitch

“It’s spicy. It’s sweet. It’s savory. It’s the perfect recipe to try while you’re stuck inside. We’re talking jerk sauce; the best jerk sauce to make at home. This iconic Jamaican recipe works perfect as a marinade or a dipping sauce.” – Joss

Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce – In the Kitch

“Rhubarb season is upon us (usually spring to early summer) and to make use of this ingredient, we have cooked up a deliciously chunky strawberry-rhubarb sauce recipe. The tartness of rhubarb and the sweetness of strawberries come together in this vibrantly red sauce that makes the perfect topping for cake, ice cream, pancakes and pastries.” – Joss

The Best Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe – Our Wabi Sabi Life

“This is my recipe for Homemade BBQ Sauce! It’s so delicious and easy to make. Making your own bbq sauce means you can have complete control over the ingredients, which will allow you to customize it to fit your taste or dietary needs. This recipe goes great with chicken or pork, but it also tastes good on a sandwich too! I hope this recipe makes your mouth water.” – Debi

How to Make Comeback Sauce – Our Wabi Sabi Life

“Do you love Comeback sauce? Looking for a comeback sauce recipe you can make at home? Whether you are having a party, celebrating game day, or just want some of this great tasting sauce as a dip for dinner, you have to try my comeback sauce recipe.” – Debi

Weight Watchers Alfredo Sauce – Our Wabi Sabi Life

“This delicious Weight Watchers Alfredo Sauce is so good, you will never notice it is a lighter version. Creamy and rich, this is an amazing Alfredo Sauce recipe.” – Debi

Dark Cherry Homemade BBQ Sauce – Our Wabi Sabi Life

dark cherry BBQ Sauce

“Looking for a great homemade BBQ sauce? This homemade BBQ sauce for ribs is so good, it will become your go-to BBQ sauce. You’ll never want to buy store bought BBQ sauce again.” – Harley

Chicken Dipping Sauces: Sweet Chili & Dil Pickle Honey Mustard Recipe – Our Wabi Sabi Life

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“I do not do much for Valentine’s Day. It is a bad time of year for me, and this year, hubby is working anyway. That means, I will be spending the time with the kids. That’s ok, I would rather hang out with my kids for Valentine’s Day. This year, I am making it a yummy and easy dinner, that I can have on the table in under 20 minutes.” – Harley


Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce in a jar with a spoon - text overlay for pinterest

“Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce is a quick and easy homemade sauce for grilling or dipping. It’s thick and rich with tons of garlic, molasses and a tangy apple cider vinegar kick” – Tony

Easy Homemade Pesto Sauce Recipe – The Art of Food and Wine

white bowl of pesto with pine nuts and basil

“A fresh 5-ingredient pesto sauce with a bright basil flavor” – Jayne and Cyndy

Easy Salted Caramel Sauce – The Art of Food and Wine

Salted Caramel Sauce

“Dreaming of warm but easy Salted Caramel Sauce?” – Jayne and Cyndy

Bolognese Sauce Recipe – The Art of Food and Wine

2 bowls of Pasta with Bolognese

“This rich meaty Bolognese Sauce prepared in an Instant Pot, slow cooker or stove top is quite simply delicious!” – Jayne and Cyndy


A straight on view of a large labeled jar of gluten free enchilada sauce.

“This Mexican-style green enchilada sauce is the perfect blend of roasted green chiles, onion, garlic and herbs to make a rich, flavorful sauce for enchiladas and more. This gluten free enchilada sauce takes only 20 minutes to make. You’ll never buy store-bought enchilada sauce again!” – Elise

SAN MARZANO TOMATO SAUCE – Marcelina in Cucina

San Marzano tomato sauce in a black skillet with a sprig of basil in the centre.

“This San Marzano tomato sauce is a family recipe using only the best quality ingredients” – Marcelina

GARLIC BUTTER SAUCE – Marcelina in Cucina

A silver teaspoonful of garlic butter sauce taken from a small white bowl with garlic and broccolini in the background.

“My Garlic Butter Sauce recipe is super simple, super delicious, and super quick – ready in just 5 minutes!” – Marcelina


Saucepan of ragu spaghetti sauce with wooden spoon resting across the saucepan with some ragu pasta sauce on the spoon.

“This Authentic Bolognese Sauce uses my father’s secret ingredient that makes all the difference.” – Marcelina

CHERRY SAUCE – Marcellina in Cucina

Cherry sauce in white bowl with cherries scattered around, spoonful of sauce beside bowl.

Cherry Sauce using only 5 ingredients is easy to make at home in just 10 minutes! Perfect to use for cakes, cheesecakes, ice cream, pancakes, waffles or any dessert.” – Marcelina


bang bang sauce recipe

Spice up your protein of choice with this amazing bang bang sauce recipe. It’s sugar-free and keto-friendly, so you can eat it guilt-free! The perfect copycat recipe from Bonefish Grill!” – Lisa


keto peanut butter sauce for ice cream pintreset image

A simple keto peanut butter sauce for ice cream that’s perfect for making low carb sundaes. Serve it warm as a topping for your favorite sugar-free ice cream.” – Lisa


tartar sauce

“Homemade Tartar Sauce with Capers & Dill is much better than the store-bought versions and extremely easy to make. This delicious and versatile condiment is the best accompaniment to my all-time favourite British food “Fish and Chips”. It also pairs perfectly with my delicious “Duck Fat Roasted Potatoes”, and any other seafood dishes, burgers or fries.” – Ayla

WILD GARLIC PESTO – Cooking Gorgeous

pesto made with wild garlic

“Wild Garlic Pesto is a springtime favourite sauce that can be added to pasta, soups and salads. During the spring in the UK, when wild garlic is in season, the best way to use them is to turn them into pesto. This super tasty sauce keeps well in the fridge for two weeks and also freezes beautifully.” – Ayla

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