The Ultimate List of Dips and Sauces To Transform Your Meals

There's something innately fun and satisfying about dipping a food item into a dip and just feeling it getting transformed into something better. Or lathering on a homemade spread on a sandwich or burger and knowing that when you bite into it, the flavour of every ingredient is heightened by that lush sauce. Whether it's a quick dip you need to rustle up for guests or for a movie night by yourself, ready-to-eat sauces for a barbecue, or some sweet sauces to drizzle over your desserts, this exhaustive list will have something for everyone. 

Fresh Basil Pesto

Can be used as a sauce, a dip, or even a marinade, a good, versatile pesto sauce is something every good cook must have in their repertoire.

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Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

Perfect to slather over everything from bagels, sandwiches, crackers, to grilled meats, this sundried tomato spread hits the right balance of sweetness and tang.

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Herby Green Sauce

Not a fan of tart tomato-based sauces and have a bits and pieces of herbs left over? Use them up to make this bright sauce that can be used in sandwiches, as a sauce, or a dip.

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Nuoc Cham

A Vietnamese condiment with a fish sauce base, this condiment is extremely versatile. With both sweet and savoury notes, Nuoc Cham can be used in a whole host of dishes.

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Teriyaki Sauce

This sweet and salty sauce is easy to make and versatile enough to use as a marinade, a dipping sauce, or even as a sauce to pour over an Asian-style salad.

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Yangnyeom Sauce

Served popularly as a glaze on Korean fried chicken, this authentic recipe lets you try Yangnyeom sauce right at home.

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Sauce Moyo With Mango

Popular in West African nations like Benin, Senegal, and Togo, Moyo sauce is a beloved punchy and spicy accompaniment to chicken or fish dishes.

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Buffalo Sauce

Named after a small family-owned restaurant called Anchor Bar located in Buffalo, New York, where this tasty sauce was first invented, buffalo sauce is the perfect accompaniment to a plate of hot chicken wings.

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Chilli Crisp

The perfect dipping sauce for dumplings , this chilli crisp provides the right combination of crisp texture and heat.

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Fry Sauce

As its name implies, fry sauce is meant to be a versatile dipping sauce for any fried food. comes in many varieties around the world. Requiring very little effort and time, fry sauce is ideal for cheat days when all you want is good ol' fried food.

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Blueberry Syrup

The perfect companion for pancakes, waffles, or just plain ol' toast, this blueberry syrup recipe should be in every cook's repertoire.

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Tartar Sauce

The ideal accompaniment to fish and chips, this recipe for tartar sauce has the perfect balance of zing from the pickles, freshness from the herbs, and creaminess from the mayo.

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Nam Phrik Phao

A spicy chilli sauce from Thailand, Nam Phrik Phao is perfect to add to your soups, curries, and stir-fries when you want some heat.

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Blue Cheese Dressing

Sweet and creamy, this blue cheese dressing is exactly what blue cheese lovers have been dreaming of. Use as a dressing for your salads, as a sauce for sandwiches, or even a dip.

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Kyopolou

With Bulgarian and Turkish roots, Kyopolou is popularly used as a spread, relish and even eaten as a salad. It varies from being light and sweet to hot and peppery, so you can easily customise the recipe to your taste.

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Tirokafteri

Commonly part of a mezze platter, Tirokafteri is a creamy and tangy Greek dip made primarily with Feta cheese. Tirokafteri can be eaten with warm, crusty bread, used as a dip with grilled meat and vegetables, or even as a sauce for a sandwich.

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Liptauer

Liptauer is originally from Slovakia, and is a cheese spread eaten mostly on an open sandwich or bagels. You can serve Liptauer with crackers or stuff hollowed out tomatoes or bell peppers or as a topping for hard-boiled eggs.

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Acili Ezme

Acili Ezme is an intensely flavoured Turkish dip that is usually served as part of a mezze platter alongside kababs and lavaash. Serve it as a dip with meat appetisers or as a sauce in a sandwich.

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