12 condiment, sauce & dressing recipes
A recipe can be transformed with a drizzle or dollop of a sauce, dressing or condiment. Store-bought condiments are convenient but are often packed with preservatives. Skip the condiment section of the supermarket and make your own favourite condiments and sauces.
Making condiments at home means you know exactly what ingredients are gone into it and means you can play around with flavours to customise each sauce to your liking. Most of these condiments can also make unique gifts by packing in a mason jar.
1. Mango and passionfruit sunshine chutney
Homemade chutney with the perfect combination of sweet and spicy heat with the addition of red chilli and fresh ginger. Try serving this mango chutney with ham, chicken, turkey, duck, lamb or rare roast beef.
2. Italian pickled vegetables
Home-preserved vegetables are making a comeback. Eating them as part of a meal may boost the probiotic content of the other foods – great for your gut. Plus, these have a nice spicy kick and so buy vegies when they are in abundance so you can enjoy them all year long.
3. Lemon and lime aioli
Smooth, velvety texture of mayonnaise combined with the zesty, tangy flavours of lemon and lime. Serve this tangy aioli with cooked prawns, salmon, or rare roast beef.
4. Portuguese chicken marinade
Homemade Portuguese marinade is always better than a store-bought version. This marinade has all the classic flavour combinations of ginger, chilli, oregano, paprika and brown sugar to make a tasty Portuguese classic at home. With enough marinade for 2 whole chickens, you can have dinner sorted for 2 nights during the week.
5. Zesty oregano marinade
This super simple citrus lemon and oregano marinade take two minutes to prepare and four quick ingredients. It works well with lamb, beef, pork or veal. Try our zesty oregano marinade in our lamb wraps.
6. Tomato chutney
Whip up this mouth-watering chutney to liven up your lunchtime sandwiches. With complex flavours, this chunky tomato chutney is a great condiment to have on hand in the fridge. It stores for up to 1 month in the fridge and goes well with hot or cold meats, such as lean leg ham or roast beef or spread on sandwiches.
7. Caramelised red onion gravy
This tasty red onion gravy goes perfectly with roast chicken. Using red onion instead of your traditional brown onion adds extra sweetness to your gravy.
Why buy store-bought mayonnaise when you can make your own in less than 10 minutes and it tastes even better! You can store this homemade mayonnaise in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
9. Coriander, cashew and sesame pesto
Trade traditional pesto ingredients of basil, pine nuts and parmesan with coriander, cashews and pecorino cheese. Add a dollop of this tasty homemade pesto to a plate of pasta or as a topping for meat or fish. It also works well with grilled prawns or salmon or tossed through soba, udon or rice noodles.
10. Red onion and balsamic relish
Great with cold meats such as ham, roast beef or pastrami, as well as barbecued steak or chicken this red onion and balsamic relish is a great condiment to make and keep on hand. It is also delicious on steak sandwiches and burgers and can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 months.
11. Homestyle barbecue sauce
Trade up bottled store bought BBQ sauce full of preservatives with this flavoursome homemade version! With apple puree and molasses for sweetness, tomato and apple cider vinegar for acidity and smoked paprika for a smoky BBQ flavour this homestlye sauce is well worth the effort to make.
12. Basil, capsicum and almond pesto
Great with grilled steak, lamb or pork cutlets, or tossed through pasta this red pesto is packed with flavour. It can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 1 week meaning you can easily add flavour to a number of your dishes all week long.