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. ElizabethB

    Recipe George's "Secret" recipe for Red Fish Sauce Picante

    Well guys and gals - here it is. Ingredients *2 - 3 lbs. Red Fish or other firm fleshed fish - fileted, pin bones removed and cut into 2" chunks 1 large yellow onion - chopped 3 cloves garlic - smashed and minced 2 stalks celery diced 1/2 green bell pepper cored and diced 1/2 jalapeno pepper...
  2. Yorky

    Béchamel sauce

    There appears to be at least two methods of preparing béchamel sauce. I have had minimal success with adding the flour to melted butter then slowly adding the milk and not much more success in adding flour and butter to cold milk and bringing it all to a simmer. I sieve the flour in both cases...
  3. mybike

    A single portion cheese sauce.

    So I found some cod loins in the supermarket and was wondering how to cook it. I rather fancied a cheese sauce but the ones I found online were using nearly a pint of milk. So I did some maths ad this is what I came up with: 150mL milk 8g plain flour 12g Butter 30g strongish cheddar OK, so I...
  4. Morning Glory

    Recipe Spicy Pepper and Tomato Pasta Sauce (2 ways)

    A lot of meals I make are designed to accommodate vegan and pescatarian and/or carnivores in the house. Starting off with a basic sauce and taking it in several directions is a good option. This is a straightforward sauce to make. You could add minced meat instead of the soya mince for a meat...
  5. Yorky

    Recipe Black Pepper Sauce

    Ingredients 125 ml Plain yoghurt 1 tblsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tblsp Whisky 1 tblsp Whole black peppercorns Salt and freshly ground black pepper Method Heat the plain yoghurt in a small saucepan stirring continuously until almost boiling (do not boil). Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and...
  6. F

    Recipe Spicy Smoked Paprika Brava Sauce ( La Salsa Brava )

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  7. Morning Glory

    Recipe Port Marinaded Sausages with Red Onion Sauce

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  8. epicuric

    Recipe Bourbon sauce

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  9. MypinchofItaly

    Recipe Piedmont green sauce

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  10. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    Recipe Sweet, Hot & Sour Mustard Sauce

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  11. Yorky

    Recipe Mustard Sauce

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  12. Yorky

    Recipe Mint sauce.

    I've always made my own mint sauce and I believe that my mother did before me. As lamb is pretty scarce in my neck of the woods, it is generally only used as an addition to mushie peas or to make a yoghurt/mint dip for pakoras etc. I am aware that many cooks make mint sauce as and when required...
  13. B

    Recipe Basic Tzatziki sauce

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  14. Missie Leigh

    Pasta sauce from home canned tomatoes?

    I'm having trouble finding a pasta sauce recipe made from home canned whole tomatoes that isn't either too bitter or too sweet. Do any of you have one you'd like to share?
  15. P

    Vietnamese green sauce

    I was in Vietnam recently and bought the most delicious accompanying sauce in the ham market in danang. It's green in colour and I believe is salt, lime and chili. Does anyone have an idea of what it's called or a recipe for it?
  16. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    Recipe Spinach Gnocchi with Garlic Sauce

    One of my really old recipes that has stood the test of time. I have had it for well over 20 years now and tbh there is very little in it that can't be changed to make it dairy free... so I have made it dairy free as an alternative. Ingredients (Serves 4) 600ml/1pt milk (almond milk or soya...
  17. Morning Glory

    How Britain fell out of love with pasta sauce

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  18. The Velvet Curtain

    Recipe Beef in Oyster Sauce Flatbread Pockets

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  19. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    Recipe Vegan Creamy Cauliflower Sauce

    This recipe started out life as a first try of another recipe. The recipe I was trying was from here ( however, her's and my idea about a tasty cheese sauce are different, totally different and nutritional yeast does not meet those requirements...
  20. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    Recipe Courgette Koftas in a Coconut Tomato Sauce

    This morning I was thinking about the new courgette ingredient challenge and what I could enter for it. It's the wrong time of year in Australia for courgettes really, so making anything needs put of season produce and that's not something I generally like to use, but Pinterest popped up to me...
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