25 Easy Sauces To Make At Home

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Easy Sauces To Make At Home


For someone who loves food sauces, they know that it is a must because sauces can even make bland food taste amazing. The best part about making your sauce at home is that you can customize them according to your taste – whether it’s adjusting the spice or sweetness of the sauce, or having them in as many quantities as much as you want. On the plus side, you can stay away from the preservatives and make them in a clean and hygienic environment at home.

25 Easy Sauces To Make At Home

1. Green Chilli Sauce

Source – Shaziya’s Recipes
  • Blend 250g green chilies, 4 cloves minced garlic, 1 chopped onion, 1/4 cup vinegar, 1 tbsp sugar, and 1/2 tsp salt.
  • Simmer the mixture for 10-15 mins until chilies and onions soften.
  • Cool, then blend until smooth, adding water as needed.
  • Adjust seasoning with salt, sugar, or lime juice; store in a sealed container in the fridge.

2. Bechamel Sauce

  • Melt 2 tbsp butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Stir in 2 tbsp all-purpose flour to form a roux.
  • Gradually whisk in 1 cup milk until smooth and thickened.
  • Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg; use in lasagnas, gratins, or over vegetables.

3. Tomato Sauce

Source – Wikipedia
  • Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add 1 diced onion and cook until softened.
  • Stir in 2 cloves minced garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add 1 can of crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper, and herbs; simmer for 20-30 minutes. Adjust seasoning to taste.

4. Mexican Chocolate Sauce

  1. In a saucepan, combine 1 cup heavy cream and 1 cup chopped Mexican chocolate.
  2. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly until chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth.
  3. Add a pinch of cinnamon and a dash of vanilla extract for flavor.
  4. Serve warm over ice cream, churros, or desserts. Adjust sweetness to taste.

5. Caramel Sauce

Source – NYT Cooking-The New York Times
  1. In a saucepan, melt 1 cup granulated sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  2. Once sugar is melted and amber-colored, remove from heat.
  3. Carefully stir in 1/2 cup heavy cream until smooth (be cautious as it may bubble).
  4. Add 2 tbsp butter and a pinch of salt; stir until butter is melted and sauce is smooth.

6. Mint Sauce or Mint Chutney

Here’s a simple recipe for Mint Sauce or Mint Chutney:

  1. Blend 1 cup fresh mint leaves, 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, 1 green chili, and 2 tbsp lemon juice until smooth.
  2. Add 1/4 teaspoon cumin powder, a pinch of salt, and a pinch of sugar.
  3. Blend again until all ingredients are well combined.
  4. Adjust seasoning to taste and serve as a condiment with snacks, kebabs, or curries.

7. Red Chilli Sauce

Source – Yummy Tummy
  1. Blend 10-12 dried red chilies (seeds removed), 4 cloves of garlic, and 1/4 cup vinegar until smooth.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a saucepan, add the blended mixture, and cook for 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add 1 tbsp sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, and simmer for another 5 minutes.
  4. Let it cool, then store in a sterilized jar in the refrigerator. Adjust seasoning to taste.

8. Apple Sauce

Here’s a simple recipe for Apple Sauce:

  1. Peel, core, and chop 4-5 apples (any variety).
  2. Place the apples in a saucepan with 1/4 cup water and a cinnamon stick.
  3. Simmer over medium heat until the apples are soft, about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Mash the apples with a fork or blend for a smoother consistency. Adjust sweetness with sugar or honey if desired. Enjoy warm or chilled!

9. Fries Dip Sauce

Source – Center Cut Cook
  1. In a bowl, mix 1/2 cup mayonnaise and 2 tablespoons ketchup.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard and a splash of pickle juice.
  3. Stir in a pinch of garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika.
  4. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to taste; serve with fries or chips. Enjoy!

10. Cheese Potato Dip

  1. In a saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat.
  2. Stir in 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour to make a roux.
  3. Gradually whisk in 1 cup milk until smooth and thickened.
  4. Add 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese and stir until melted; season with salt and pepper. Enjoy with potato wedges or chips!

11. Classic Marinara Sauce

  • Heat olive oil in a saucepan and sauté minced garlic until fragrant.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, dried oregano, basil, salt, and pepper to taste.
  • Simmer the sauce for about 20-30 minutes until it thickens. Optionally, add a pinch of sugar to balance the acidity.

12. Garlic Butter Sauce

  • Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat.
  • Add minced garlic and cook until fragrant, being careful not to burn it.
  • Season with salt, pepper, and optionally, red pepper flakes or herbs like parsley or thyme.

13. Pesto Sauce

  • In a food processor, combine fresh basil leaves, pine nuts (or walnuts), garlic cloves, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil.
  • Blend until smooth, adding more olive oil as needed to reach your desired consistency.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.

14. Honey Mustard Sauce

  • Whisk together equal parts of Dijon mustard and honey in a bowl.
  • Add a splash of apple cider vinegar and a pinch of salt.
  • Adjust the proportions to your taste, adding more honey for sweetness or mustard for tanginess.

15. Teriyaki Sauce

  • In a saucepan, combine soy sauce, water, brown sugar, minced garlic, and grated ginger.
  • Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until the sauce thickens slightly.
  • Optionally, mix a cornstarch slurry (cornstarch mixed with water) and add it to the sauce to thicken it further.

16. Sriracha Mayo

  • Mix mayonnaise with Sriracha sauce in a bowl, adjusting the ratio to your preferred level of spiciness.
  • Add a squeeze of lemon juice and a pinch of garlic powder for extra flavor.
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed with salt and pepper.

17. Cilantro Lime Sauce

  • Blend together fresh cilantro leaves, lime juice, Greek yogurt (or sour cream), garlic, and a pinch of salt until smooth.
  • Adjust the consistency by adding more yogurt or lime juice as needed.

18. Alfredo Sauce

  • In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
  • Add heavy cream and minced garlic, then bring to a gentle simmer.
  • Stir in grated Parmesan cheese until melted and the sauce thickens.
  • Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste.

19. Tzatziki Sauce

  • Grate cucumber and squeeze out excess moisture using a paper towel.
  • Mix grated cucumber with Greek yogurt, minced garlic, lemon juice, chopped fresh dill (or mint), salt, and pepper.
  • Adjust the seasoning to taste and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld.

20. Chimichurri Sauce

  • Finely chop parsley, garlic, and red onion.
  • Mix with olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
  • Let the sauce sit for at least 15 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to develop.

21. Salsa Verde

  • Blend together fresh tomatillos, jalapeños, garlic, onion, cilantro, lime juice, and salt until smooth.
  • Optionally, char the tomatillos and jalapeños on a grill or under the broiler for a smoky flavor before blending.

22. Hollandaise Sauce

  • In a heatproof bowl, whisk together egg yolks and lemon juice.
  • Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water (double boiler) and continue whisking.
  • Slowly drizzle in melted butter while whisking continuously until the sauce thickens.
  • Season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of cayenne pepper if desired.

23. Peanut Sauce

  • Whisk together peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey (or maple syrup), minced garlic, grated ginger, and sesame oil until smooth.
  • Thin out the sauce with water to reach your desired consistency.
  • Optionally, add a pinch of red pepper flakes for heat or lime juice for acidity.

24. Maple Dijon Dressing

  • Whisk together Dijon mustard, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, minced garlic, salt, and pepper until emulsified.
  • Adjust the sweetness and acidity to your taste by adding more maple syrup or vinegar.

25. Tomato Basil Sauce

  • Sauté minced garlic in olive oil until fragrant.
  • Add canned crushed tomatoes, chopped fresh basil, dried oregano, salt, and pepper.
  • Simmer the sauce for about 20-30 minutes until it thickens and the flavors meld together.

These were some simple sauce recipes you must try at home for that extra flavour in your food. These sauces can be customized according to your taste or not blend it completely so your sauce has a nice rough texture rather than a smooth one.  

These additional homemade sauces are versatile and can be used to enhance a wide range of dishes, from grilled meats and seafood to salads, wraps, and sandwiches. Experiment with different flavor combinations to find your favorites!

These easy homemade sauces can elevate a variety of dishes, from pasta and meats to salads and sandwiches, adding delicious flavor and a personal touch to your meals.

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