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Special Sauces for Food

Updated on January 25, 2019
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I am interested in making delicious, unusual meals and desserts, particularly for special occasions. Quick and easy meals are also great.

Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce

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Eggs Benedict with Sauce

Sauces can spice up a meal and enhance the flavor of a piece of meat, vegetables or dessert. There are many types of sauces to make each dish special.

Hollandaise Sauce:

This sauce is commonly made for Eggs Benedict. It is a rich sauce with egg yolks and butter, which is warm when it is poured over the Eggs Benedict. The Eggs Benedict are made with Canadian bacon, English muffin, eggs and seasoning.

Easy Recipe for Hollandaise Sauce


  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) melted butter
  • 2-3 tsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Melt butter and make sure it is just warm, not hot.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk egg yolks with lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste, stir until smooth.
  3. Put the bowl with the egg yolks on top of a small pan of boiling water (not touching the bowl to the water) or use a double boiler.
  4. Immediately whisk the egg yolks constantly, slowly adding the melted butter.
  5. Once well mixed, continue to whisk for 2-3 minutes (approximately) until it starts to thicken.
  6. Use immediately, or remove from heat and cover until serving.
  7. If it thickens or starts to separate, mix in a 1/2 tsp or so of warm water before serving.

Talapia with Lemon Sauce


Lemon Sauce

It is made to use on fish. It is usually a light sauce with lemon juice and lemon zest, butter, shallots and some herbs. It is placed over the fish before it is cooked in the oven or by steaming

Tasty Remoulade Sauce

This is a cold sauce which was invented in France, which has and various condiments. It can be spicy depending on which recipe you use. It was designed to use over beef, but it has become very popular with seafood dishes. It should be kept in a container with a tight lid in the refrigerator

Chateaubriand with Béarnaise sauce

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Béarnaise sauce

This is another French sauce made with clarified butter, egg yolks, shallots, chervil, peppercorn and tarragon. It is difficult to make and chefs say it takes years of practice to be perfect. This is made for beef, particularly Chateaubriand

Making Béarnaise sauce

Homemade Italian Sauce


Sauces for Italian Style Dishes

Many common Italian sauces are made with tomato paste. A homemade tomato sauce takes about two hours to cook to achieve the correct thickness. While fresh basil leaves, and garlic are typically found in these sauces, you can use oregano and other spices to taste.

A serving is typically about 158 calories. You can cook the sauce on top the stove or in a crock pot. You can also make a large batch of tomato sauce and freeze the rest.

Homemade Meal


Pesto with Spinach and Pecans -Delicious

This is used as a sauce for fish or filling for chicken or you can toss it in with pasta. In addition to the spinach and pecans, there is basil, extra virgin olive oil, shredded parmesan cheese, garlic and salt. Refrigerate this pesto if you don’t use it right away in a sealed container.

Onion Sauce for Lamb or Duck

This sauce is made with onions, vegetable broth, cream, butter, flour, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Then, it is cooked in a saucepan in the stove. It is served with lamb or duck.

Cheese Sauce for Any Vegetable.

This sauce can be made using cheddar cheese and evaporated. It is delicious poured over vegetables such as cauliflower or broccoli. The vegetables can be steamed, boiled or baked.

Beer Steak Sauce for Grilling

This sauce is for brushing over meat cooking on the grill. Combine beer (stout), chili sauce, vegetable oil, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, onion and garlic. You continue basting the meat until it is done to your satisfaction.

Angel Food Cake with Strawberry Sauce


Dessert Sauces

Fruit Dessert Sauces:

  • Fruits, whether strawberry, lemon or another choice are very popular for desserts. As you would expect, there is lemon juice and zest, sugar with a few other ingredients. Strawberries have the bright color and sweet flavor. They are cooked on the stove to thicken for a short period of time, and then, poured over many different desserts, such as bread pudding, fruit cake, angel food cake and other types of cake, puddings and so forth.
  • There are many different types of fruits to make a wonder dessert sauce. For example, oranges are frequently used. Most of the time there are no leftovers, but the sauce could be kept covered in the refrigerator for a few days if necessary.

Basic Fruit Sauce

Sugar Based Sauce with Fruit

Basic sugar sauce:

These sauces are made from sugar, evaporated milk, butter and vanilla and can be used over many desserts, usually a dessert with some type of fruit such as cranberry squares. You can use this basic sweet sauce and add a variety of fruits for different flavor experiences.

Chocolate Truffles

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Yummy Chocolate Desserts

There are numerous chocolate recipes that can be poured over ice cream or any just eaten. They can be kept in the refrigerator with a tight lid for several days.

Final Thoughts

I can think of dozens of sauces that are not listed above. Sauces enhance the flavor of food, but sometimes they may change the taste all together. It usually makes food look a little more appealing or fancy.

Cooking sauces for the most part is not that difficult. I have tried a few sauces for meats, vegetables and desserts. I hope you've enjoyed the article.

The copyright, renewed in 2018, for this article is owned by Pamela Oglesby. Permission to republish this article in print or online must be granted by the author in writing.


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  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    3 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Audrey, I'm glad you will try the recipes. I appreciate your comments and the 5+ rating.

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    Audrey Hunt 

    3 years ago from Pahrump NV

    I love these recipes! Your photos are mouth-watering as well. You've given me some good ideas. I'm giving this 5 +.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Storytellersrus, That sounds like a great idea. Living under budget is a challenge for so many. Thank you for your comment.

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    9 years ago from Stepping past clutter

    Adding sauces is an inexpensive way to create a special meal under budget. I am going to link this hub to my hub, meals for the unemployed. Thanks!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Nancy, i'm glad you enjoyed the hub. As always, I appreciate your comments.

  • nancy_30 profile image


    11 years ago from Georgia

    Great hub. I enjoyed learning about all the sauces. My favorite was the chocolate sauce. I'm a chocolate lover.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Habee, Thanks for your comment.

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    Holle Abee 

    11 years ago from Georgia

    I am all about some sauces, girlfriend! Excellent hub!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Roberta, Thank you for your comment.

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    11 years ago

    Always enjoy your hubs. Keep up the good work.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Research Analyst, Thanks you so much for your comment.

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    Research Analyst 

    11 years ago

    my favorite sauces are ones used in pasta and next would be gravy for potatoes. This is a great hub.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    billy, Yes, that ids the most difficult sauce to make. Thanks so much for your comment.

  • billyaustindillon profile image


    11 years ago

    Lots of good sauces here Pamela - I have to say though the standout is the Hollandaise sauce, it is so hard to get just right and make eggs Benedict memorable for all the right reasons :)

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    akirchner, Glad you enjoyed the hub. Thank you for your comment.

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    Audrey Kirchner 

    11 years ago from Washington

    Fabulous! There are so many delicious sauces and ways to make them I could look for recipes I have another spot to come get them. Wonderful job, Pamela.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    drbj, I;m glad you enjoyed this hub. Thank you for your cojment.

    Carolina, Glad you liked the hub. Thanks for you comment.

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    carolina muscle 

    11 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    There's some really cool ideas here!!!

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    drbj and sherry 

    11 years ago from south Florida

    Hi, Pamela. So many delicious sauces and so little time. You drew me in with that first photo of pasta & tomato sauce. Very informative with Wow! photos. Thank you.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Anginwu, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Thank your so much for your comments.

    Katiem, Thank you for your comments.

    MPG, I am so glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for your compliment.

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    Maria Giunta 

    11 years ago from Sydney, Australia

    As I tend to cook mainly Italian I forget how many different types of sauces there are, thanks for sharing so many Pamela. Mmmm, the dessert ones look so good.

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    Katie McMurray 

    11 years ago from Ohio

    I love the idea of adding a zing with sauces. :)

  • anglnwu profile image


    11 years ago

    Wow, what a variety of sauces and the French ones, I don't even know how to pronounce their names. Love pesto sauce the best and use them often. Great accompanying pictures. Rating it up.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    RedElf, Thank you for your comments.

  • RedElf profile image


    11 years ago from Canada

    Great pictures, Pamela. I really appreciated the explanation of basic ingredients for each sauce.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    My Friend Darlene, I am glad you get pleasure from reading my hubs. Thank you so much for your kind words.

    Tom, Thank you Tom for your comment.

    Greatlife, Thank you so much for your kind comments.

    Amber, That is so true, Thank you for your comment.

  • Amber Allen profile image

    Amber Allen 

    11 years ago

    Hi pamela

    A great hub. The right sauce not only compliments what it is accompanying it often makes it go further. A win win situation!


  • Greatlife profile image


    11 years ago

    Wow such a wide range of cooking sauces to choose from makes my job difficult. Thanks for sharing this hub with ingredients that create magic.

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    Tom Whitworth 

    11 years ago from Moundsville, WV


    With all these yummy sauces my mouth is watering!!!!!!!!

  • Darlene Sabella profile image

    Darlene Sabella 

    11 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

    Oh my Béarnaise sauce is my favorite delight, add mushrooms on top and what a wonderful taste, that must be why I am overweight, reading your hubs is like have a great meal, I love and enjoy them each and every time. Your fan and friend, darski

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Hello, You are so welcome. Thank you for your comment.

  • Hello, hello, profile image

    Hello, hello, 

    11 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you for explaining all these various sauces.


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