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. flyinglentris

    Recipe Orange Teriyaki Sauce

    Orange Teriyaki Sauce: Ingredients: 1) Soy sauce - 1/4 cup 2) Brown sugar - 3 tblspns. 3) Honey - 2 tspns. 4) Orange juice - 1/8 cup 5) Garlic, crushed - 2 tblspns. NOTE: If crushed garlic is not available, crush 4 to 6 cloves. 6) Ginger, crushed - 2 tspns. 7) Mirin or sake - 1/16 cup 8)...
  2. Orange Teriyaki Sauce

    Orange Teriyaki Sauce

    Orange Teriyaki Sauce
  3. FowlersFreeTime

    Recipe & Video Mackerel in Coconut Sauce

    I present to you Mackerel in Coconut Sauce. This one is a riff on traditional Jamaican "Mackerel Rundown" but uses fresh ingredients instead of salted/preserved fish. Ingredients: 1 medium-large fillet of Mackerel You can use any fillet of fish though, and I have done this recipe with...
  4. S

    Hot sauce, without chilli

    So, the venerable other half's allergies have gotten worse. She can no longer tolerate chilli without needing to take meds. Obviously, I'd like some form of hot sauce that she can tolerate. Any ideas?
  5. A

    Chocolate Sauce and Lentil Soup

    I saw this recipe and was thinking of incorporating it into some lentil soup. I have red split lentils Recipe location: A Raw and Healthy Chocolate Fudge Sauce Recipe Are there any obvious pitfalls I should avoid? Should I add the chocolate sauce ingredients whilst preparing the lentil soup...
  6. caseydog

    Recipe Honey BBQ Sauce

    Honey BBQ Sauce (Note: You will need some kind of blender/food processor -- a stick blender is fine) This sauce will work with any meat, preferably cooked on a grill/BBQ. Chicken and pork especially. Might be a bit sweet for beef. Ingredients I Cup Tomato Puree 1/2 Cup Honey 1/4 Cup Apple...
  7. caseydog

    Recipe Pan Seared Scallops with Honey Brown Butter Sauce

    Pan Seared Scallops with Honey Brown Butter Sauce Ingredients 1 Pound Sea Scallops Olive Oil Salt Black Pepper Granulated Garlic/Garlic Powder 6 TBSP Butter 4 TBSP Honey Instructions Put scallops on a rack, and allow to dry in the fridge for at least two hours. Scallops must be dry to get a...
  8. Honey Basil Garlic Pesto

    Honey Basil Garlic Pesto

    Honey Basil Garlic Pesto
  9. Turkey Gravy

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  10. Ragu Cheddar Sauce

    Ragu Cheddar Sauce

    Ragu Cheddar Sauce
  11. Classico Spaghetti Sauces

    Classico Spaghetti Sauces

    Classico Spaghetti Sauces
  12. The Late Night Gourmet

    Recipe Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pecan Satay Sauce

    Ingredients 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled 1 can coconut milk, shaken to combine contents 1 tablespoon lime juice 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 2 tablespoons fish sauce 1 cup pecans 2 tablespoons tamarind paste 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 cup water 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon coriander powder 1...
  13. rascal

    Recipe Fish-And-Chip Curry Sauce

    Yip, 1 onion 2 tablespoons oil 1 Apple. 1 tablespoon curry powder store bought 2 tablespoons flour 20 oz water 1 tablespoon tomato paste Pepper Lemon juice Cook first three item. Then add c powder flour and water with pepper and l juice simmer for twenty mins then whizz to smooth. Just like...
  14. ThatDude

    Recipe Jono's Green Crack Sauce

    Pardon the name, it's what a couple buddies call it and I made a batch for a party that's happening Wednesday, so thought I'd share with you all as well. Super bright, clean and summery it is a really nice, versatile sauce that can be thinned for a great salad dress as well. Goes great with...
  15. rascal

    Fish n chip curry sauce

    So I printed this recipe off ages ago and been meaning to try it and see if it lives up to its name. Apple onion oil tomato paste pepper lemon juice curry powder and water. I know it's big in the uk. I liked it and will try it out on my kids tomorrow. Any thoughts? Russ
  16. flyinglentris

    Recipe Black Currant Barbecue Sauce

    Black Currant Barbecue Sauce: Ingredients: 1) Garlic - 1/8 Cup 2) Tomato paste - 1 4 Oz. can. 3) Black currant preserve - 1/8 to 1/4 cup 4) Cayenne pepper sauce - 1 tblspn. 5) Balsamic vinegar - 5 to 6 tblspns. 6) Lime juice - 2 tblspns. 7) Adobo - 1 tblspn. 8) Brown sugar - 2 tblspns...
  17. Black Currant Barbecue Sauce

    Black Currant Barbecue Sauce

    Black Currant Barbecue Sauce
  18. rascal

    Piri piri sauce experience help needed

    I know I can giggle but any one have any experience or tips on making it. It comes up quite a bit lately. Watching rick last night he said it originally came from Mozambique. It's Swahili and means peppe pepper. Any recipes or tips appreciated. Russ
  19. JAS_OH1

    Looking for a whiskey cream sauce recipe for chicken

    I was wondering if anyone has a recipe for a whiskey cream sauce? Several years ago I ate at a restaurant that had what they called Gaelic chicken. It was made with Irish whiskey, cream, and mushrooms if I remember correctly, although I have no idea what ratios and can't remember if it had...
  20. caseydog

    Recipe Baby Back Ribs with Dark Chocolate Rub and Dark Chocolate BBQ Sauce

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