30 Different Types of Sauce Varieties and List of Best Sauce Flavours


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Different Types of Sauce Varieties

30 Different Types of Sauce Varieties and List of Best Sauce Flavours

Sauces have the remarkable power to transform any ordinary dish into gourmet culinary creations from five-star hotels. Every type of sauce is like a culinary superhero, swooping in to rescue your taste buds from the monotony of bland flavours. Their zesty, savoury and spicy flavours will delight every palate and leave your tummy fulfilled. Among the wide sauce varieties available, how can you choose the one that will make your dish exceptionally tasty with tempting flavours?

The answer is here! We've compiled a comprehensive list of the best sauce types distinguished by their unique characteristics and cooking methods. This guide will help you understand the different sauce types that can make your ordinary dishes extraordinary. Discover the magical world of sauces and savour the flavours!

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1. Barbeque Sauce

Known for its savoury and smoky flavour barbecue sauce elevates the taste of any dish. Ingredients such as tomato paste, vinegar, brown sugar and spices infuse smoky and sweet flavour. BBQ sauce has a thick texture that clings to any meat, creating a glazing look in a golden-brown colour. Other types of barbecue sauces include Texas BBQ, Carolina BBQ Sauce, and Oriental BBQ sauce, which are loved worldwide for their unique flavours and regional twists.

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2. Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise is a beloved creamy sauce with a rich texture and versatile flavour. From sandwiches and salads to dips and dressings, mayonnaise is a flavourful addition to any dish. Made from simple components like egg yolks, vegetable oil and lemon juice, it is a culinary chameleon that blends with any food. While the classic flavour is universal, variations like garlic mayo, spicy mayo, or herbed mayo have unique seasonings.

3. Mint Chutney

A traditional Indian sauce type, mint chutney is a tangy and flavourful green sauce straight from the kitchen of Indian households. With a refreshing and unique sour profile influenced by tamarind, mint and coriander leaves, mint green chutney has graced countless dishes. It is irreplaceable in Indian street foods like samosas, and pani puri and goes well with kebabs, biryanis and grilled dishes.  

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4. Salsa Sauce

Salsa is a vibrant type of sauce variety, hailing from Mexican and Latin American cuisine. Renowned for its zesty character, it has become a beloved side dish for a wide range of dishes. The use of fresh, wholesome ingredients provides a juicy and tangy flavour while the chilli peppers add a kick of heat and spice to the salsa sauce. It is a classic dip for tortilla chips, burritos and tacos.

5. Tartar Sauce

Tartar sauce type has a creamy and tangy texture of mayonnaise base, with minced pickles, fresh parsley and mixed herbs of seasonings. Tartar sauce is a good companion to a variety of seafood dishes from grilled fish and shrimp to crab cakes and calamari. Tartar sauce is often served alongside fish and chips for a yummy supper meal. It can also be used as a dipping sauce for other fried snacks. 


6. Horseradish Sauce

Horseradish is a type of spread sauce, known for its bold and pungent flavour. The sauce is made from the horseradish root, packed with a fiery punch and spicy flavour. The sauce is a mixture of sour cream, mayonnaise, vinegar, lemon juice, and a spoon of honey that together serve to temper the intense heat of horseradish. The high aroma and fiery flavour complement grilled steaks, sausages, and smoked meats.

7. Hollandaise Sauce

Hollandaise sauce is a French masterpiece and is a well-known type of sauce around the world, combining the richness of butter, with a zing of lemon juice, and the wholeness of egg yolks. Hollandaise sauce has a dense glossy texture bursting with buttery flavour. Hollandaise sauce is incredibly versatile for dishes of eggs benedict and asparagus. It is exceptionally creamy, velvety and smooth, making it a popular dip for many dishes.

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8. Mustard Sauce

Mustard sauce enhances the taste of everything from sandwiches and hot dogs to salad dressings and marinades when used as a type of sauce spread. The tanginess is derived from mustard seeds combined with vinegar, honey and flavourful herbs. The flavour can range from mild sweet to robust and spicy. The mustard sauce can be drizzled over sandwiches, burgers, and hot dogs.

Cooking Sauces

9. Fish Sauce

A prominent sauce type of Southeast Asian cooking, it is derived from fermented fish soaked in salty water. Fish sauce offers a deep savoury quality with a rich umami flavour. The sauce has more of a liquid consistency and is best suited to stir fry and can be added to soups, broths and marinades for a rustic taste. Fish sauce in Thai cuisine is often served with spring rolls and grilled meats. 

10. Oyster Sauce

Oyster sauce is a different type of sauce hailed from ancient Chinese cuisine. It is made from oyster extracts, which are cooked down to a thick, dark brown sauce. This sauce is prized for its strong umami flavour, which is rich, savoury, and slightly sweet. Oyster sauce is used in stir-fries, marinades and to season a wide range of dishes from veggies, to meat and seafood.

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11. Teriyaki Sauce

A popular Japanese sauce type, teriyaki sauce has also found its way into international cuisine due to its delicious flavour profile. Teriyaki sauce uses soy sauce with sweetening agents like sugar, honey and red wine that bind together to form a thick consistency and glossy sauce texture. Teriyaki sauce can be incorporated into chicken, beef, salmon, and tofu dishes.

12. Worcestershire

Our next sauce variety is a unique sauce type with umami being the dominant flavour. Worcestershire sauce offers a savoury quality balanced by subtle sweet and sour notes. The sweetness comes from molasses, while the tanginess is derived from the vinegar and tamarind. Worcestershire sauce is a flavour enhancer often used in cocktails like Bloody Mary and Caesar.

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13. Soy Sauce

A fundamental and widely used sauce variety throughout the world, known for its salty and savoury taste. The sauce has a flowy consistency with a pungent smell and is used to enhance the flavours of food. Soy sauce is frequently used as a base for marinades. Soy sauce is used as a marinade for chicken, seafood and tofu but is also a dipping sauce for sushi, sashimi and dumplings.

Meat Sauces

14. Steak Sauce

Steak sauce is a common type of meat sauce, served with grilled meats. It has a smooth and liquid texture that coats the meat evenly when poured over. It varies from dark brown to a deep reddish colour and has a glossy appearance. Steak sauces have a slight heat factor from their ingredients of chilli pepper and hot sauce that gives a fiery kick and tempting flavour to your meat. 

15. Chimichurri Sauce

Renowned for its fresh, herbaceous taste it is a vibrant and flavourful uncooked sauce type, often drizzled directly onto dishes. Made from fresh parsley, oregano, garlic, and white wine vinegar with seasonings of red flakes and black pepper, the sauce is extremely spicy and piquant. Chimichurri sauce has a chunky and coarse texture, often used as a salad dressing, marinade and table sauce. 

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16. Mushroom Sauce

Craving for a creamy supper? Mushroom sauce should be your choice! A rich textured creamy sauce, made from buttery sauteed cremini mushrooms with the fluffiness of fresh cream, parmesan cheese and white wine. This sauce type is mildly thick with a light brown colour, retaining its earthy and tender nature. Mushroom sauce gives impeccable taste when tossed over pasta, roasted beef or chicken and baked potatoes.

17. Balsamic Glaze

Balsamic glaze is a different sauce type with a sweet and tangy flavour influenced by balsamic vinegar. It is thickened and reduced to create a syrupy liquid consistency in deep brown colour, with a glazing and shiny appearance. Balsamic glaze complements a wide range of foods including salads, fruits, grilled vegetables, meats and even desserts.

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18. Demi Glaze 

Demi-glace is one of the main components of French cuisine, a rich and highly concentrated type of sauce. It is made by simmering a mixture of brown stock (beef or veal) for hours, to obtain an intensified flavour. Demi-glace has a thick and viscous texture due to its lengthy reduction process. The sauce is versatile as a glaze, cooking sauce and a base sauce for dishes like risotto, ramen and Korean BBQ.  

Pasta Sauces

19. Alfredo Sauce

Here are the favourite types of sauce for pasta! Alfredo sauce is a rich creamy sauce from Italian cuisine. Alfredo sauce has a creamy texture and smooth consistency. It's made by combining butter, heavy cream, milk, flour and seasonings like thyme, rosemary, and black pepper. It is a commonly used pasta sauce with fettuccine noodles and also serves as a base for chicken Alfredo, and pizza toppings.

20. Pesto Sauce

In the list of pasta sauces, pesto is undeniable. Pesto sauce is characterised by its vibrant green colour and bold flavour achieved through the use of fresh basil leaves. The addition of grated Parmesan cheese and pecorino romano cheese adds depth and saltiness to the flavour. It has a semi-liquid and pourable consistency. Aside from pasta, it can be a spread, table or dipping sauce for sandwiches and grilled meats.

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21. Tomato Sauce

Tomato sauce is a classic and versatile sauce type for pasta. It is known for its rich, tomato-forward flavour, basil and oregano that offers tanginess in every bite. Tomato sauce is a staple pasta sauce for spaghetti, lasagna and ziti. Whether used as a pasta sauce or a pizza topping, tomato sauce is cherished for its ability to bring people together around the dinner table.

22. Vodka Sauce

As the name reveals this type of sauce is prepared with vodka, similar to tomato sauce but has a pale orange or pinkish hue. The additional element of heavy cream makes the sauce rich in creamy, tangy and aromatic. Vodka sauce coats pasta beautifully, creating a velvety and luscious feel. Vodka sauce is also a popular choice for pizza toppings and dishes like Vodka Meatball Sandwich, and Penne alla Vodka. 

Hot Sauces

23. Sweet Chilli Sauce

Sweet chilli sauce offers a delightful combination of spicy and sweet flavours. The blend of red pepper chillies, garlic, sugar and vinegar infuses a spicy and tangy kick to the sauce. Sweet chilli sauce is highly versatile and can be used as a dip, glaze, or table sauce for a wide range of dishes, from spring rolls to fried chicken.

24. Hot Basil

Hot basil sauce is commonly used to prepare stir-fried dishes with ground meat and seafood platters. The sauce has a distinct, peppery flavour infused with the fresh, fragrant aroma and taste of basil leaves. Thai hot basil sauce is known for its bold and spicy aromatic qualities, popularly used in pad kra pow and Thai fried rice with a sunny-side-up egg on top. 

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25. Chilli Garlic Sauce

A spicy and savoury sauce type, chilli garlic sauce combines chilli peppers and garlic. It is a popular component of Asian cuisines, particularly in Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese cooking. The addition of vinegar, salt and oil brings the sauce to the desired consistency and melds the flavours. Chilli garlic sauce is a stunning dip and spread for sandwiches, burgers and wraps. 

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26. Sriracha

Sriracha sauce, a popular chilli sauce originated in Thailand and is widespread worldwide. With emphasis on Thai chillies, it is known for its spicy, sweet, and tangy flavour and distinctive bright red colour. The paste is mixed with sugar, vinegar, and salt, heated and simmered for thickness, sometimes using xanthan gum or starch, resulting in a smooth, ketchup-like sauce. 

27. Black Pepper Sauce

Black pepper sauce, also known as "peppercorn sauce," has a robust flavour with an added kick of spiciness. The sauce is made by grinding black peppercorns to release its bold and spicy flavour paired with creamy butter and garlic. Its bold peppery flavour and aromatic elements enhance the succulent flavour of meat and seafood dishes. 

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Sweet Sauces

28. Chocolate Sauce

The one sauce type that nobody can resist devouring is chocolate sauce. Made primarily from dark chocolate, chocolate chips and cocoa powder, it has a rich and strong chocolate flavour. With added fresh cream and milk it is made to a smooth and pourable consistency in a glossy texture, making it an attractive topping for desserts. Chocolate sauce is a mouthwatering dip, spread, and filling.

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29. Caramel Sauce

Ready to get sugary? Delve deep into the world of dessert with this sugary sauce recipe. caramel sauce is a thick creamy textured and glossy sauce prepared from sugar, butter and vanilla extract. The mixture is cooked on a slow heat to avoid lumps and to maintain the golden brown colour. From strawberry caramel frappuccino to glazing popcorn and cakes adding caramel sauce will leave you drooling. 

30. Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is another type of sweet sauce served as a side dish during Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. Cranberries, sugar and water along with orange zest, juice, cinnamon, and spices, make the yummiest recipe for cranberry sauce. Cooked in a slow processing method, the sauce forms a thick syrupy consistency with a glossy look. Whether used as a glaze, filling, or spread on pastries like cranberry pie, croissants, and cakes, it creates a delightful feast.

With that, our journey through the world of the best sauce types and varieties, from tangy tomato sauce to the exotic allure of chimichurri, has come to an end. The versatility of these sauces offers limitless opportunities for culinary exploration. So, harness the power of these exquisite sauces to transform every meal into a savoury masterpiece.

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