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15 Best Sauces and Dips List & Homemade Dipping Sauce Recipes

When food receives the perfect coating, it takes on a whole new life! Those little flaws in texture, taste or even looks, can all be fixed with one secret weapon: dipping sauces. Dipping sauces are magical - they enhance every aspect of your food, from texture to taste - making it better and more delicious.

Whether you're a culinary pro or a kitchen novice finding your way around, dipping sauces is your reliable saviour for messy cooking skills. Dipping sauces complement bland dishes, by adding depth and flavour, bringing the true essence of every food. Let's take a trip together through the world of dipping sauces that have the power to transform every ordinary meal into a culinary delight. 


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Best Dipping Sauce List 


1. Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

The honey mustard dipping sauce is a delectable combination of sweet and tangy flavours, blended with the richness of honey and the sharpness of mustard. The sweetness of honey complements the spicy flavour of mustard, resulting in a versatile dipping sauce for a variety of dishes. Whether as a sauce dip for chicken tenders or extra punch for sandwiches, honey mustard dipping sauce adds a delightful zing to any meal.


Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise (optional)
  • 1 tsp white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine the Dijon mustard, honey, and mayonnaise in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the white vinegar and mix thoroughly.
  3. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Adjust the sweetness, by adding honey.
  5. Mix well and serve the honey mustard dipping sauce with a crunchy snack.


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2. Horseradish Sauce

Horseradish sauce is a creamy dipping sauce, made from grated root of the vegetable and known for its strong and spicy flavour. This dipping sauce offers a distinctive kick due to the natural heat and sharpness of the horseradish root. The sauce's bold and tanginess is a zesty flavorful dip for dishes like roast beef, steak and prime rib. 


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup grated fresh horseradish root
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Peel and grate the fresh horseradish root, half a cup.
  2. In a bowl, combine the grated horseradish, sour cream, mayonnaise and white vinegar.
  3. Mix the ingredients and add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Allow the flavours and refrigerate for 30 minutes.


3. Fried Garlic Sauce

Give your everyday meal a fiery kick with this fried garlic dipping sauce. An aromatic and flavorful sauce dip, celebrated for its deep savoury essence of garlic infused in golden-brown oil. The fried garlic glazes in the oil with the added spiciness of red chilli paprika. The sauce boasts a nutty texture with a crunchy bite from the fried garlic. It pairs wonderfully with chicken wings, spring rolls and grilled meats.


Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp red chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a pan and fry minced garlic till crispy brown.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the fried garlic with red chilli flakes, paprika and a pinch of salt.
  3. Serve it as dips and sauces for veggies and appetisers.


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4. Sour Cream Dip

The go-to dipping sauce, the sour cream dip is a crowd favourite. The base of this dip combines sour cream with herbs, spices and grated cheese. The garlic and onion powder contribute slight spiciness to the dips adding a tangy flavour. The sour cream is highly versatile as sauces and dips for chips, veggies and crackers. Additionally, it can be served as a topping for baked potatoes and tater tots.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the sour cream, chopped chives and garlic powder.
  2. Mix the ingredients thoroughly.
  3. Season the dip with salt and pepper.
  4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and serve.


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5. Spicy BBQ Sauce

Add an extra kick to your barbecue experience with the flavour-packed BBQ dipping sauce. Traditional BBQ sauce boasts a smoky, tanginess coupled with the heat and spice of cayenne peppers. Its tangy-sweet flavour is incorporated from the blend of tomato paste, vinegar, molasses and brown sugar, while the bold, fiery punch comes from chilli powder and diced jalapeños. This BBQ sauce is the best dipping sauce for grilled meats and protein dishes.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup of ketchup
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat pan and add ketchup, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika and chilli powder.
  2. Stir the ingredients thoroughly and boil it to thick.
  3. Slow down the flame and season with salt & pepper.
  4. Let it cool before serving as a flavorful sauce dip.


6. Tartar Sauce 

Tartar sauce is a creamy dipping sauce with crunchy bits of chopped pickles, seasoned with lemon juice and vinegar. Tartar dipping sauce is known for its tangy-sweet profile, with a balance of creaminess and texture from the added ingredients. This flavorful dipping sauce is a beloved addition to many meals, especially with seafood dishes, such as fried fish and roasted shrimp. 


Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp chopped pickles
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp capers
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine the mayonnaise, chopped pickles, parsley and capers.
  2. Add lemon juice to the mixture and stir well.
  3. Season the tartar sauce with salt & pepper and refrigerate for 30 minutes.


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7. Teriyaki Sauce 

A savoury-sweet Japanese dipping sauce teriyaki exhibits a salty and umami flavour because of its sour ingredients like soy sauce, ginger and garlic. Mirin is a type of rice wine added to give a slight sweetness to the sauce. The sauce is thickened to caramelise the sugar and create a glossy texture. It is used as a marinade, stir-fry and sauce dip for various dishes, like grilled meats and seafood.


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp cornstarch

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, add soy sauce, mirin, brown sugar, minced garlic and grated ginger.
  2. Stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves with a slurry of cornstarch, till it is thick.
  3. Simmer the teriyaki sauce and serve as a dipping sauce for meats.


8. Buffalo Sauce

Buffalo sauce is a spicy and buttery sauce from Buffalo City in New York. It's famously known for the Buffalo chicken wings, where the sauce is coated thoroughly. The extreme spiciness of the Buffalo sauce is due to the amount of hot sauce used. The melted butter and a splash of vinegar, create a balanced mix of heat and tanginess. The sauce can be brushed, tossed or used as a dipping sauce for fried chicken.


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup hot sauce (Frank's Red Hot)
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the hot sauce, white vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder.
  2. Stir the ingredients together and combine well.
  3. Simmer the sauce on low heat for 5 minutes and use it to coat chicken wings for a delectable tangy snack.  


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9. Thai Chili Oil

A fiery dipping sauce from Thailand, Thai chilli oil is known for its bold and spicy flavour of Thai chillies. The hot oil is infused with Thai chilli peppers, garlic and aromatic lemongrass, to impart the flavour and essence. The resulting aromatic versatile oil adds a potent kick to dishes, providing both heat and depth of flavour. Enjoy a spicy kick by drizzling Thai chilli oil over your crispy noodles.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 5-10 Thai chilli peppers
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 stalk of lemongrass
  • 2 shallots
  • 1 piece of ginger.

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil and add sliced Thai chilli peppers, minced garlic, lemongrass, shallots and ginger.
  2. Let the ingredients simmer for 10-15 minutes, til they turn golden brown.
  3. Cool down to room temperature and strain the oil using a mesh.
  4. Store the Thai chilli oil in a clean, airtight jar. 


10. Yum Yum Sauce

Also known as Sakura Sauce in Japanese, Yum yum is a creamy sauce dip, served in Hibachi or Teppanyaki restaurants. The sauce has a smooth texture and mild sweetness offering a tangy flavour to complement various dishes. Yum Yum sauce has mayonnaise as the base ingredient, with added tomato paste, honey, paprika and rice vinegar. The blend creates a creamy pinkish dipping sauce for appetisers and snacks. 


Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, tomato paste, honey, garlic powder, paprika and rice vinegar.
  2. Mix all the ingredients.
  3. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning by adding salt if needed.
  4. Refrigerate the Yum Yum sauce for 30 minutes and serve it as a sauce dip for fried snacks. 


Homemade Dipping Sauces


11. Fresh Mint Dip

The fresh mint dip is a vibrant and refreshing dipping sauce celebrated for the bright and invigorating flavours of yoghurt, sour cream and lemon juice offering a zesty herbaceous dip. The sauce can be customised with seasonings like cumin, coriander and chilli flakes for added depth and heat. It is a popular homemade dipping sauce in Indian households and paired with almost everything, from soft idlis to crunchy street samosas.  


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup plain yoghurt or sour cream
  • 1 minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine the finely chopped fresh mint leaves, plain yoghurt or sour cream, minced garlic and lemon juice.
  2. Mix and blend well.
  3. Season the sauce with salt and pepper and serve it fresh with anything.


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12. Garlic Butter Dipping Sauce

Get buttery with this glossy and creamy dipping sauce. Enjoy the richness of butter infused in every mouth with this garlic dipping sauce. Though the sauce uses only a few ingredients its taste profile is highly tempting. This homemade dipping sauce is easy to prepare with just a few ingredients and is best for breadsticks, spring rolls and seafood like shrimp & crab legs.


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3-4 minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and add minced garlic.
  2. Sauté the garlic in butter for 1-2 minutes & add chopped parsley.
  3. Season the sauce with salt and pepper and transfer to a serving bowl. 


13. Creamy Avocado Dip

A luscious and indulgent sauce dip it is known for its smooth consistency in vibrant green colour with sour & tangy flavour. Ripe avocados are mashed and added with ingredients like lime juice, garlic, cumin and pepper, offering a tangy kick. The creamy dipping sauce is a favourite spread for tacos, burritos and sandwiches and a great dip for chips and chicken.


Ingredients

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp cilantro
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut the avocados in half, remove the pits, and scoop the flesh into a bowl.
  2. Mash the avocados until smooth for a creamy texture.
  3. Add the minced garlic, lime juice, and chopped cilantro and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Mix all the ingredients and the creamy avocado dip is here to enjoy!


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14. Tangy Tomato Sauce 

An all-time classic dipping sauce, the tangy tomato sauce is a rich and smooth sauce dip for many dishes. The ripe tomatoes are cooked down with garlic, oregano and slight honey contributing a zesty and savoury dipping sauce. The sauce is cooked for hours to attain a thick consistency and used as a base sauce for pizza, soups and pasta. A popular dipping sauce for appetisers like mozzarella sticks, sandwiches and burgers. 


Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 minced garlic
  • 5 crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1-2 tsp sugar or honey

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil, add chopped onion and garlic and sauté until soft.
  2. Pour in the crushed tomatoes and dried oregano. Stir to combine.
  3. Add a bit of sugar to balance the acidity and salt as per taste.
  4. Simmer the sauce for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Once thickened, use the delicious tangy tomato sauce for various dishes.


15. Homemade Mayonnaise 

Mayonnaise is a popular dipping sauce known for its rich texture and versatile use in various cuisines. It's an emulsion of oil, egg yolks, lemon juice and seasonings. The mayonnaise is made with beaten egg yolks creating a thick and creamy consistency. It's a versatile sauce dip for sandwiches, burgers, wraps and fried snacks. 


Ingredients

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, whisk egg yolk and Dijon mustard.
  2. Slowly add the oil and whisk vigorously.
  3. Once it's thick, add some lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. 
  4. Store the homemade mayo in a clean jar and refrigerator for up to a week.


Conclusion 

The diverse world of dipping sauces unveils a universe of flavours that elevate every dining experience. From the creamy richness of garlic butter to the tangy zest of Thai chilli oil, these dipping sauces bring the food alive. With each dip and drizzle, these versatile companions add personality to every dish. 

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