35 Recipes for Condiments that Steal the Show

Hello and welcome to this thing we’re doing where we help you figure out what you’re gonna put in your mouth this week. Some of these are recipes we’ve tried, some of these are recipes we’re looking forward to trying, all of them are fucking delicious. Tell us what you want to put in your piehole or suggest your own recipes, and we’ll talk about which things we made, which things we loved, and which things have changed us irreversibly as people. Last week, we ate squash.

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Amazing main dishes are great, but we’d all be hard pressed to find one that wasn’t improved by just the right sauce, spread or garnish. Whether you got stuck with leftovers of Aunt Ida’s bland mac and cheese after Thanksgiving, you’re bored of your normal cold cut sandwich you pack for work, or you’re a student and plain rice and beans is becoming monotonous, the answer is an out-of-this-world condiment. Find the one for you!


1. Magic Sauce

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2. Green Sauce

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3. Spicy Lemon Coconut Sauce

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4. Ginger Scallion Sauce

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5. Green Drizzle

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6. Green Goddess Dressing

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7. Simple Vegan Pesto

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8. Homemade Ketchup

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9. Torrisi’s Spicy Sauce

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10. Green Harissa

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11. Homemade Sriracha

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12. Spicy Mango Pickle

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13. Sweet Red Pepper Paste

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14. Bacon Jam

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15. Herb Jam with Olives and Lemon

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16. Mustard-Green Harissa

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17. Sauce Gribiche

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18. Sichuan Chili Oil

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19. Roasted Onion Cream

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20. Charred Scallion Gremolata

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21. Caramelized Carrot Rooster Sauce

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22. Ajvar

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23. Harissa

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24. Cabbage Kimchi

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25. Simple Peanut Sauce

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26. Fresh Herb Sauce

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27. Red Curry Paste

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28. Special Sauce

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29. Chimichurri

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30. Oxtail Marmalade

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31. Green Chutney

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32. Beetroot Sauce

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33. Salsa Romesco

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34. Sesame Sauce

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35. Georgian Plum Sauce

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12 Comments

  1. I didn’t know I needed this but for real I really really do; also glad to be reading up on regional sauces that are new to me and sound so delicious, like harissa (which Wikipedia tells me is Tunisian) and many others. Thanks!

  2. i love condiments.
    also, homemade ketchup always reminds me of ‘meet me in st. louis’ which is arguably judy garland’s best work and perfect to watch this holiday season when i should be doing other things like writing a personal statement.

  3. The ones with the non-descriptive names intrigue me to most. Here dinner guests, we have Magic Sauce, Green Sauce, Green Drizzle , Green Goddess Dressing , and Special Sauce, all for your enjoyment.

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