24 Delicious DIY Sauces You’ll Want To Put On Everything

Because sauce is boss.

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1. Homemade Sweet Chili Sauce

Sweet, spicy, and perfect on shrimp. Get the recipe.

2. White Barbecue Sauce

An Alabama favorite, this barbecue sauce has a mayo base instead of a traditional tomato or vinegar one. Get the recipe.

3. Homemade Chimichurri

Never met a steak it didn’t like. Recipe here.

4. Kansas City-Style Barbecue Sauce

Recipe here.

5. Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

This comes together in just minutes on the stovetop with simple ingredients — brown sugar, soy sauce, honey — that you likely already have on hand. Recipe here.

6. Homemade Harissa


FWIW, spicy red pepper sauce deserves to be on just about everything. Recipe here.

8. Homemade Sriracha


Should the rumors of a Sriracha shortage ever come to pass (PLZ GOD NO), know that everything will still (MAYBE IDK) be fine. Get the recipe.

9. Trio of Asian-Inspired Sauces

Sweet honey sesame, savory peanut, and spicy soy. Get the recipes.

11. Five-Ingredient Vegan Pesto


Toss it with pasta, use it as a veggie dip, or spoon it over avocado toast. Get the recipe.

12. Homemade Curry Paste

You can make a big batch of this and freeze the leftovers in an ice cube tray.
Then just pop out the portion you need, and add to curry dishes, fried rice, or roasted veggies. Get the recipe.

13. Pesto Calabrese

This Italian-style pesto adds ricotta for extra creaminess. Get the recipe.

15. Creamy Sundried Tomato Pesto


Served over pasta, this goes from prep to plate in less than 30 minutes. Get the recipe.

17. Almond & Cilantro Pesto

With chopped serrano chiles for heat. Get the recipe.

18. Balsamic Whiskey Steak Marinade

I’m just gonna leave this right here. Get the recipe.

19. Roasted Garlic & Cilantro Marinade


Step one: Prepare marinade. Step two: Grill or pan fry shrimp (or your seafood of choice). Step three: Devour way more than you thought you would, and be downright joyous about it. Get the recipe.

21. Sweet & Sticky Chicken Marinade

Balsamic + honey + brown sugar + soy sauce + garlic. More here.

22. 15-Minute Honey-Garlic Salmon Marinade

Serve this over brown rice with a side of fresh veggies and you’ve got a healthy (and filling!) dinner that’s done in no time. Get the recipe.

23. Garlic, Basil & Balsamic Tofu Marinade


Tofu works as a great blank canvas for this simple and flavorful marinade — but just about any other protein would work too. Get the recipe.

24. Lemon & Herb Marinade

A classic. Get the recipe.

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