This recipe collection features over 15 of my favorite homemade sauces. They’re all savory and range from creamy to salty to herby to tangy and spicy and everything in between. Whether you’re looking to dip, spread, slather or toss with pasta, you’ll find a sauce recipe that fits your needs here.

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If you’re not already converted to making homemade sauce recipes, prepare to be amazed. Homemade sauces are much easier to make than you might initially think, and oftentimes, they’re super quick, too!

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Making sauces from scratch guarantees you know exactly what ingredients are in it, and allows you to adjust it to your preferences. Looking for something a little spicier? You can adjust! Less spicy? Easily done too!

Not only that, but many of these sauce recipes can are super versatile. They can be used as salad dressings, dips for fries, spring rolls, or roasted vegetables.

They can be slathered on toast and served with eggs or put into a sandwich. Many make excellent pasta sauces or BBQ sauce for grilled meats or veggies.

But don’t think the options stop there, there are endless uses for these sauces. I recommend reading each specific recipe post for additional suggestions.

Now let’s get saucy!

Creamy Sauces

Easy 5-Minute Tzatziki Sauce Without Cucumber

5 (39 ratings)
This "short-cut" tzatziki is ready in under 5 minutes and is made with simple ingredients that still pack a punch of flavor.
Ingredients: Greek yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, dried oregano, dill, parsley, and onion powder
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Homemade Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing

5 (5 ratings)
You'll never buy storebought blue cheese dressing again after you've made your own! It's so easy to make and packs all the creamy, tangy flavor you love in this sauce!
Ingredients: sour cream, mayo, parsley, lemon, blue cheese, garlic
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Spoon scooping cilantro lime sauce from bowl.

5-Minute Cilantro Lime Sauce

5 (9 ratings)
Add a fresh zest of flavor to everything from tacos, burrito bowls, grilled veggies, salads, and more! This easy sauce (dressing) recipe takes just 5 minutes to make in a blender.
Ingredients: cilantro, sour cream, lime, cumin, garlic
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Avocado sauce in small bowl next to spoon.

3-Ingredient Avocado Sauce

5 (3 ratings)
Yep, just 3 ingredients for a creamy avocado sauce you can spread on sandwiches, use as a dip, or add to nachos!
Ingredients: avocado, lemon juice, olive oil
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Quick & Easy Roasted Garlic Aioli Sauce

5 (30 ratings)
Roasted garlic absolutely transforms this dip! It's perfect with fries, crispy potatoes, spread on sandwiches, and more!
Ingredients: garlic, mayonnaise, lemon juice
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Bowl of creamy jalapeno sauce with pepper slices and cilantro.

5-Minute Creamy Jalapeno Sauce

5 (13 ratings)
Made with pickled jalapenos and a sour cream base, it's a spicy blend of tang and flavor! Ready in just 5 minutes to drizzle over tacos, grilled veggies, and more!
Ingredients: pickled jalapenos, cilantro, sour cream, garlic, lime
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Asian-Inspired Sauces

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5-Minute Stir Fry Sauce (so easy!)

4.97 (595 ratings)
Homemade stir fry sauce is the 5-minute dinner fix you need!
Ingredients: soy sauce, veggie stock, sesame oil, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, sugar, corn starch
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Ponzu sauce in small bowl with green onion.

Homemade Ponzu Dipping Sauce

5 (1 rating)
You can make ponzu at home with a few ingredients and just a little prep time (it does need to rest overnight for best results).
Ingredients: kombu, bonito (skip for veg), soy sauce, mirin, orange juice, lemon, lime, garlic, ginger
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Spicy Teriyaki Sauce in jar with spoon.

10-Minute Spicy Teriyaki Sauce

4.97 (30 ratings)
Ready in just 10 minutes, you can use homemade teriyaki sauce in stir-frys, over proteins, in wraps, and more!
Ingredients: soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, ginger, garlic, chili paste, sesame oil, rice vinegar
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Bowl of peanut sauce with spoon.

5-Minute Creamy Peanut Sauce (Dressing or Dip)

5 (1 rating)
This flavorful sauce can be used as a salad dressing, a dip for spring rolls, and more!
Ingredients: shallot, garlic, lime, soy sauce, honey, peanut butter, sesame oil, olive oil
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Herb Sauces

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Creamy Avocado Garlic Herb Sauce (Without Oil)

Whip up this sauce in the food processor in just 5 minutes! It's creamy, naturally vegan, and made without oil.
Ingredients: avocados, garlic, basil, parsley, chives, lemon juice
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Fresh Lemon Herb Tahini Sauce

4.92 (12 ratings)
Enjoy this bright, fresh sauce with veggies, on a sandwich, or thin it out and use it as a salad dressing. It's vegan, too!
Ingredients: garlic, parsley, chives, cilantro, lemon, tahini
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Argentinian-Inspired Chimichurri Herb Sauce

5 (3 ratings)
Bursting with fresh herbs and tangy flavor, this sauce is excellent as a marinade for veggies or meats, served over grilled veggies or a salad, and more!
Ingredients: garlic, fresno chili pepper, parsley, oregano, red wine vinegar, lime
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Bowl of citrus pesto with spoon next to crostini.

Lemon Basil Citrus Pesto

5 (4 ratings)
A unique pesto bursting with fresh lemon; it's excellent with pasta, veggies, or fish. It's naturally gluten-free and dairy-free!
Ingredients: lemons, almonds, garlic, basil, parsley
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Bowl of romesco sauce with spoon.

Fresh Homemade Romesco Sauce (DIY Recipe)

5 (34 ratings)
An absolute crowd-pleaser is this bold-flavored, punchy romesco sauce! It's easy to make in just 5 minutes in the food processor!
Ingredients: almonds, roasted red peppers, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, parsley, red wine vinegar, cayenne pepper, olive oil
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Basil mint pesto in bowl with spoon.

Basil Mint Pesto

5 (10 ratings)
Classic pesto, but add fresh mint for a bright, refreshing complexity of flavor.
Ingredients: walnuts, garlic, basil, mint, parmesan cheese, olive oil
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Jar of cilantro chutney.

Easy Cilantro Mint Chutney (5-Ingredients)

5 (1 rating)
This Indian-inspired chutney is full of fresh flavors and takes less than 5 minutes to make; spread it on sandwiches, use it as a marinade, or a dip.
Ingredients: cilantro, mint, ginger, garlic, lime
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Basil pesto in pottery bowl with spoon.

Fresh Basil Pesto

5 (4 ratings)
A classic summer favorite, in just 5 minutes you'll have this sauce to enjoy in all sorts of dishes!
Ingredients: fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic, parmesan cheese, olive oil
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Tangy and Spicy Sauces

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Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

5 (9 ratings)
Ready in just 15 minutes, you'll love this smoky, semi-sweet, tangy bbq sauce featuring bourbon.
Ingredients: bourbon, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar
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10-Minute Red Enchilada Sauce

5 (3 ratings)
Enchiladas have never been tastier than with a quick and easy homemade red enchilada sauce! It's ready in just 10 minutes on the stovetop and made with pantry spices.
Ingredients: onion and garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, oregano, tomato paste, vegetable stock
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5-Minute Creamy Chipotle Southwest Sauce

5 (5 ratings)
A spicy, smoky dressing that can easily be used as a dip for fries, grilled shrimp, or veggies!
Ingredients: chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, sour cream, mayo, cilantro, lime, garlic
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5-Minute DIY Homemade Buffalo Sauce (Mildly Spicy)

5 (4 ratings)
There's nothing better than making your own buffalo sauce – it's tangy, mildly spice, and smooth.
Ingredients: butter, hot sauce, garlic powder, soy sauce
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Pasta Sauces

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Easy Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce

Quick, easy, and hands-off, this sauce is so versatile! Serve it over pasta, spread it on crostini, or toss with roasted veggies.
Ingredients: cherry tomatoes, garlic, olive oil
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Spicy Butter-Roasted Tomato Sauce

5 (4 ratings)
This sauce is bursting with flavor and made with simple pantry ingredients!
Ingredients: fire roasted tomatoes, garlic, butter, red pepper flakes, oregano
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Classic Tomato Sauce for Pasta

4.93 (14 ratings)
This is THE classic tomato sauce you've been looking for; let it simmer away for a pasta dinner, or freeze a batch so you never run out!
Ingredients: mirepoix, vegetable stock or red wine, San Marzano tomatoes, dried herbs
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5 (4 ratings)

Get the Recipe 25 Savory Sauce Recipes: Homemade Buffalo Sauce

There's nothing better than making homemade sauce! This collection of savory sauce recipes are easy to make with simple ingredients and each one is bursting with flavor. Find your next favorite sauce to pair with pasta, slather on wings, or enjoy with potstickers. Endless possibilities!

Ingredients

Instructions
 

  • In a small saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Once melted, remove from heat.
  • Whisk in the remaining ingredients until fully incorporated. Serve immediately or let cool and store in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.

Notes

If storing in the fridge, the sauce may solidify somewhat from the butter. If this happens, gently reheat the sauce or place it at room temperature for approximately 30 minutes, stirring to smooth out.
This recipe makes approximately 1 1/4 cup of sauce. 
Serving: 2TBSP, Calories: 105kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 679mg, Potassium: 37mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 391IU, Vitamin C: 17mg, Calcium: 5mg, Iron: 1mg
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