In cooking, a sauce is a liquid, cream, or semi-solid food, served on or used in preparing other foods. Most sauces are not normally consumed by themselves; they add flavor, moisture, and visual appeal to a dish. Sauce is a French word taken from the Latin salsa, meaning salted. Possibly the oldest recorded European sauce is garum, the fish sauce used by the Ancient Greeks; while doubanjiang, the Chinese soy bean paste is mentioned in Rites of Zhou in the 3rd century BC.
Sauces need a liquid component. Sauces are an essential element in cuisines all over the world.
Sauces may be used for sweet or savory dishes. They may be prepared and served cold, like mayonnaise, prepared cold but served lukewarm like pesto, cooked and served warm like bechamel or cooked and served cold like apple sauce. They may be freshly prepared by the cook, especially in restaurants, but today many sauces are sold premade and packaged like Worcestershire sauce, HP Sauce, soy sauce or ketchup. Sauces for salad are called salad dressing. Sauces made by deglazing a pan are called pan sauces.
A chef who specializes in making sauces is called a saucier.

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  1. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    Recipe Butternut Squash Sauce

    I came across this recipe, looking for something different to do with a winter squash. I found it. First taste test and hubby grinned. So I left my modifications at just adding shiro miso. I'd have added more but hubby liked it as it is, so that was it. Thick version Thin version The...
  2. blades

    Recipe Today's Pantry Tour - Sausage Pasta with a Cream Sauce

    While cooking is always fun for me, it is especially entertaining to start preparing the meal without a plan. I looked in the freezer for something to thaw for dinner and noticed I had three packages of Johnsonville hot Italian sausage. To cull the supply I brought one of them up to the...
  3. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    Recipe Strawberry Gazpacho with a Lemon, Lime & Coriander Sauce

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  4. blades

    Recipe My Chinese Stir Fry Sauce

    I had other plans for dinner this evening. My wife was looking through the fridge and removed a bag of snow peas. She asked me what they were. I said they were snow peas usually used in Chinese stir fries. She asked if we were having a Chinese stir fry for dinner. I said sure I'll do that...
  5. blades

    Recipe Lentil Dipping Sauce

    I didn't post an image since there wouldn't be anything very interesting in it. I put this dipping sauce together last night to pair with panko fried chicken tenders. Good sandwich spread as well as I learned today. Ingredients 3 tbsp green lentils cooked 1/2 cup mayonnaise 2 tbsp Arby's...
  6. karadekoolaid

    Recipe Picante Volcánico (Volcano Hot Sauce)

    Ingredients: 500 gms mixed hot peppers, roughly chopped (or hot peppers of your choice) 350 gms onion, chopped 5 cloves garlic, cut into pieces 120 mls vegetable oil 1 lt white wine vinegar or a mixture of white vinegar and wine vinegar 1 1/2 tbsps annato powder OR paprika 3 tbsps salt 1 tbsp...
  7. blades

    Recipe 5 Minute Hollandaise Sauce

    The classic method for cooking Hollandaise sauce with a double boiler has always seemed time consuming and fussy to me. The purpose of the classic method is to avoid breaking the sauce. I spent time experimenting with easier faster methods many years ago. I've read recipes that use raw egg...
  8. TastyReuben

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  9. TastyReuben

    Recipe Königsberg-style Meatballs (Königsberger Klopse)

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  10. Windigo

    Recipe Beef & mushroom stirfry with stroganoff sauce

    This is not a classic Stroganoff but has those familar flavors and is easy to make. Serves two. Ingredients: 200 g flat Iron steak, halved then cut into strips 200 g mushrooms, sliced 100 g sliced Bell peppers 1 medium onion , chopped and diced 2 fat garlic cloves, grated 200 ml full fat...
  11. AgileMJOLNIR

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    This is a nice refreshing and not too sweet Italian inspired dessert. The Orange zest really lends itself nicely here and gives it a nice aftertaste. Ingredients 16oz/450g whole-milk Ricotta cheese 1cup/250ml heavy cream 1 Vanilla bean split lengthwise 5oz/150g dark chocolate (70% cacao)...
  12. Shadow

    Hot Red Sauce

    On my first and only visit to Louisiana, many years ago (30+?), I was initially surprised and then constantly amused that a bottle of Tabasco was always on the table, or counter in a diner, almost as a replacement for salt and pepper which is what my world was accustomed to. Of course I...
  13. B

    IMHO. the undisputed king of sauces. XO sauce!!

    you hear pro-chefs speak poetically of umami... yea. we all know now. I thought I knew it all. but this weekend I was at an Asian Grocery store. I needed XO sauce. I picked up some small oily jars...$6.99. they looked bleak. there were $27 dollar jars but they were hidden in cardboard...
  14. Morning Glory

    Recipe Mussels in garlic butter sauce with prosciutto and piquillo peppers

    Piquillo peppers* are a vibrant red and have a mild fruity taste which is a lovely combination with the slightly salty prosciutto and sweet mussels. The tarragon adds an aniseed flavour to this dish, but you could use basil instead if you prefer. I used prosciutto cotto but crudo would be fine...
  15. karadekoolaid

    Recipe Volcanic Hot Sauce

    Ingredients: 900 gms mixed chile peppers 675 gms onion 16 cloves garlic 900 mls vinegar 120 mls oil 15 gms ground black pepper 15 gms paprika powder 30 gms salt Method: Wash the chiles and remove the stalks. Cut into pieces. Cut the onion into chunks, and the cloves of garlic into 2-3...
  16. AgileMJOLNIR

    Recipe Brisket Braised in pepper sauce

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  17. TastyReuben

    Recipe Pub-Style Burger Sauce

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  18. TastyReuben

    Recipe Classic Burger Sauce

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  19. The Velvet Curtain

    Your Favourite Burger Sauce

    Following my post about actually liking the sauce they put on Big Macs and caseydog's reply, do you have a favourite recipe for a sauce or relish to go on your burger/hotdog/bean burger/chicken fillet in a bun?
  20. medtran49

    Recipe Green Goddess sauce or dressing

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