Sauces can elevate a dish into something completely new.

Easy Sauces

For the recipes below the abbreviations for tablespoon (Tbls.) is capitalized, and the abbreviation for teaspoon (tsp.) is NOT capitalized. This is to make it easier to distinguish between the two measurements.

Almond Sauce for Tapas

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 whole garlic cloves
  • 4 slices of white bread, crusts removed and cut into quarters
  • ⅔ cup white wine (non-alcoholic) will work fine
  • a pinch of saffron threads. [This is expensive, you can substitute ½ tsp. each of turmeric for the color and sweet paprika for the flavor]
  • cup chicken stock
  • ½ cup raw almonds
  • Combine and process in food chopper until smooth but not completely pureed. It should have a little texture. Pour over Spanish style meatballs.

Green Sauce

  • 3 Tbls. white miso
  • 3 Tbls. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbls. fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbls. olive oil
  • 4 tsp. tahini
  • 1 Tbls. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbls. honey, preferably raw
  • 2 cups cilantro leaves with tender stems
  • ⅓ cup sliced chives
  • 1½ tsp. grated peeled ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • Combine all ingredients in chopper blend until smooth. Use on beef, chicken, fish, or vegetables as a marinade and on cooked food

Asian Dipping Sauce

  • ½ cup of low sodium soy sauce
  • ½ Tbls. Brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp. Onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. Garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. Sesame oil
  • ½ tsp. Tabasco® or Sriracha
  • combine all let rest about 10 mins for spices to absorb into liquid.
  • after sauce rests: Add 1 finely sliced scallion both green and white parts
  • ½ tsp. sesame seeds for garnish
  • Serve with Asian meatballs or dumplings as dipping sauce.

Cocktail Sauce

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ⅓ cup horseradish
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • lemon juice to taste
  • Use for shrimp, crab, clams on the half shell, or lobster cocktail.

Mustard Sauce

  • ½ cup light mayonnaise
  • ¾ cup light sour cream (can substitute plain Greek yogurt)
  • 2 tsps. prepared spicy brown mustard
  • ¼ tsp. Garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. Onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Combine in small bowl. This is a good marinade for chicken, fish or pork. Also good for dipping pretzels

Tzatziki Sauce

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded, finely grated and drained
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • zest and juice of ½ a lemon
  • 2 Tbls. Dill finely chopped
  • kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  • Combine all ingredients let rest in refrigerator for at least an hour to blend flavors. Use on Greek meatballs or stuffed grape leaves.

Romesco Sauce

  • 1 12-ounce jar roasted red peppers
  • 4–5 plum tomatoes
  • 2 slices bread crusts removed soak in juice from peppers until soggy
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • ¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 1–2 Tbls. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt (more to taste)
  • 1 tsp. Smoked paprika
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • juice of ½ a lemon
  • Combine all the ingredients in chopper/blender until smooth


  • ¼ cup of mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup of ketchup
  • 1 Tbls. sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. Prepared mustard
  • 1 tsp. Smoked paprika hot or sweet or ½ tsp.of each)
  • Tabasco® to taste
  • a pinch of salt
  • Combine all ingredients and use on sandwiches, fish, chicken, as a dip with vegetables.

Have fun with sauces!

Don’t stress if you are missing one of the ingredients. There are substitutions for almost everything. Even the saffron in the almond sauce recipe I offer the sub of turmeric and paprika. Experiment, you may find flavors that you prefer!

A little goes a long way,

Some of the sauces can be very pungent or spicy so be careful. You can always add more, but not remove it from the sauce if it is too hot, too sweet, or too vinegary.

Other uses for sauces,

Sauces don’t have to be limited to their little niches. Many of them can be used as marinades for meat and vegetables. Others can be used as dips for chips, vegetables, or wings! Use your imagination, sauces can raise a dish to another level. Try as many as you can.

Published by Emrldiis33

Just trying to stay relevant. Always learning new things, trying to keep up with the technology.

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