Homemade Condiment Recipes

Making your own condiments is easy and satisfying

There's a comforting familiarity to store-bought condiments—not only is that bottle of ketchup or jar of mayonnaise easy, but it always tastes the same. But the truth is that that consistent taste is often pretty mediocre. Making your own condiments gives you access to a vibrant palette of flavors that you'll never find in the supermarket. From barbecue sauce to guacamole, we've rounded up 40 of our favorite homemade condiment recipe.

Let's start with those two staples: ketchup and mayonnaise. Rather than a sweet, one-note ketchup you find at the store, try our version with smoked paprika, apple cider vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce. Mayonnaise might seem intimidating, but it's actually unbelievably easy to make—using an immersion blender you can whip it up in just 20 seconds with egg, mustard, vinegar, and canola oil. Adding garlic to the basic recipe gets you a tangy aïoli.

Compound butter is great for slathering on meat, seafood, or corn on the cob. Our seaweed butter, perfect for accompanying king crab legs, is made with white miso, ground nori, and Chinese hot mustard. For an another oceanic umami bomb, bonito flakes make a butter that will highlight the beefiness of a good steak.

Indian cuisine can be very spicy, and to counteract that it has many cooling condiments. Our cilantro-mint chutney is earthy, bright, and tangy—it’s a perfect complement for classic fried samosas. For taming a fiery curry, try kheera ka raita, a cucumber-tomato yogurt sauce.

Find all of these condiments and more in our collection of 40 global condiment recipes.

Homemade Ketchup

Homemade Ketchup

This tangy, fresh-tasting ketchup is easy to make at home.Todd Coleman
20 Second Mayo

20 Second Mayo

Mayonnaise might seem like a foreign substance that you have to buy, but it's actually incredibly fast and easy to make at home with an immersion blender.Ingalls Photography
Brandy Mayonnaise

Brandy Mayonnaise

This tangy dip, which makes a perfect sauce for steamed crab legs, gets a sweet-and-sour kick from ketchup, brandy, and sour cream.Laura Sant
Tartar Sauce

Tartar Sauce

With capers, shallots, and fresh parsley, this homemade classic boasts bigger flavor than the stuff most supermarkets sell in a jar.Laura Sant
Hot Sauce

Hot Sauce

Store-bought hot sauce can't compare to the homemade version.André Baranowski
Seafood Seaweed Butter

Seaweed Butter

We developed this compound butter to accompany a gleaming Grilled Seafood Tower, but it works as well simply tossed with boiled noodles as a simple weeknight pasta dinner.Matt Taylor-Gross
Seafood Coffee Butter

Coffee Butter

Add an extra jolt to your morning toast with this caffeinated spread.Matt Taylor-Gross
Sean Brock's BBQ Sauce

Sean Brock's Secret Weapon

While Brock insists that store-bought barbecue sauce will work perfectly well, a homemade version takes very little time and you can customize it to your tastes or whatever it is you're cooking.Matt Taylor-Gross
Chile Sauce

Chile Sauce

Use this fiery, smoky sauce to slather a gleaming Grilled Seafood Tower, to amp up ketchup for kicky burgers, or spoon a little over eggs for a breakfast that will truly wake you up.Matt Taylor-Gross
Cilantro-Mint Chutney

Cilantro-Mint Chutney

This bright, tangy chutney is a great complement to samosas or curry.Todd Coleman
Cilantro Mojo

Cilantro Mojo

Bright, earthy and spicy, this garlicky cilantro sauce hits all the right notes for a summer-time cook-out.Todd Coleman
Don Pepe's Chiles de Árbol Salsa and Guacamole

Shrimp Tacos

Every element of this taco—inspired by those at Don Pepe Taqueria in Fresno—is amped up, from the red rice simmered in a blend of chicken stock and puréed tomatoes to the quick-marinated shrimp. Use large flour tortillas as tacos or wrap them into a burrito. Get the recipe for Shrimp Tacos »Dylan + Jeni
Roasted Garlic Chipotle Mayonnaise

Roasted Garlic Chipotle Mayonnaise

Roasted garlic, chili peppers in adobo, and lemon juice seriously kicks up a standard mayonnaise.Todd Coleman
Yogurt and Mint Dipping Sauce

Yogurt and Mint Dipping Sauce

Blue cheese dip is perfect for a traditional chicken wing, but this minty yogurt sauce is a great alternative if you want to mix things up.Todd Coleman
Tonkatsu Sauce

Tonkatsu Sauce

This popular Japanese condiment, flavored with Worcestershire sauce and dry mustard powder, is the key sauce on a fried pork tonkatsu sandwich.Michael Kraus
Coffee Barbecue Sauce

Coffee Barbecue Sauce

New York chef David Burke adds smokiness to his sauce with coffee beans.Todd Coleman
Vietnamese Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Cham)

Vietnamese Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Cham)

For Asian-style grilled chicken wings, try this classic sweet-sour condiment with fish sauce and fresh lime juice.Todd Coleman
Korean Dipping Sauce

Korean Dipping Sauce

This spicy sauce, made with tofu, red pepper paste, and soybean paste, is typically used in Korean cooking as a condiment for leaf-wrapped rice and meats.André Baranowski
Yemenite Chile Relish (Schug)

Yemenite Chile Relish (Schug)

Piquant schug makes a fantastic condiment for pita and falafel sandwiches.Michael Kraus
Green Goddess Sauce

Green Goddess Sauce

Author Mei Chin's fried tofu and bacon fritters are delicious plain or with sesame oil for dipping. But we love them with this classic sauce, which combines fresh herbs with a creamy base.Todd Coleman
Guacamole

Guacamole

This simple recipe showcases the pure flavor of ripe avocados.André Baranowski
Garlic Aïoli

DIY Garlic Aïoli

This quick and easy D.I.Y. pantry staple makes a great spread for sandwiches or dip for frites.Joseph De Leo
Moroccan Charmoula

Moroccan Charmoula

Vibrant, verdant, and refreshing, this Moroccan condiment is an exceptional marinade for most meat and seafood and addictive enough to eat with a spoon.Marcus Nilsson
Smoked Yogurt

Smoked Yogurt

Smoking yogurt over wood and mixing it with white miso creates a complex, unusual dip.Ingalls Photography
Cured Egg Yolks, DIY Pantry

Cured Egg Yolks

Salt-cured egg yolks from Harold Moore of Manhattan's Commerce restaurant are a stand-in for bottarga. Grate them over pastas and salads.André Baranowski
Chablis truffle butter

Truffle Butter

Truffle butter is an easy, elegant spread to pair with good bread.William Hereford
Orange, Candied Onion, and Mint Mignonette

Orange, Candied Onion, and Mint Mignonette

This fragrant sauce is a bright accent to briny oysters, but it's also delicious with clams, steamed crab legs, and shrimp.Ariana Lindquist
Salsa Verde

Salsa Verde

Make this as a nacho garnish, or serve it as a replacement for store-bought salsa.Farideh Sadeghin
Cilantro Bud Hot Sauce

Cilantro Bud Hot Sauce

This spicy, fragrant sauce is made from cilantro buds, Thai chiles, and fish sauce.Ingalls Photography
Spruce Salt, DIY Pantry

Spruce Salt

Use this salt from Jonathon Sawyer, chef of The Greenhouse Tavern in Cleveland, on game meats, veggies, or wherever you want a fragrant, foresty, and slightly Nordic note.André Baranowski
Bonito Butter, DIY Pantry

Bonito Butter

Austin, Texas, chef Andrew Wiseheart of Gardner uses this butter for poaching vegetables, but it would also be divine on grilled steak.Andre Baranowski
Burnt Citrus Salt, DIY Pantry

Burnt Citrus Salt

This salt from Ari Taymor of L.A.'s Alma gets its smoky-bright flavor from charred citrus zest. It's great on meat and fish—and potato chips, too.André Baranowski
Burnt Bread Powder

Burnt Bread Powder

The fragrant charcoal-like dust in this clever morning mishap lends a nutty, smoky element to spice mixes and sauces, ice cream, chicken, and roasted vegetables.Romulo Yanes
Gremolata

Gremolata

Raw minced garlic combines with parsley and lemon zest in this vibrant garnish that cuts through the richness of grilled meats and fish, as well as osso buco, a specialty of its birthplace, Milan.Romulo Yanes
Spicy Sauerkraut

Spicy Sauerkraut

All around the world, fermented cabbage has been a life sustaining bridge between the fall harvest and the first green shoots of spring. There's Eastern Europe's sauerkraut, Korea's kimchi, and Latin America's lightly fermented curtido. This spicy slaw is a riff on that last condiment; it's sweet but not too funky, and perfect alongside grilled fish or as a condiment for tacos.Todd Coleman
Cilantro Yogurt Chutney

Cilantro Yogurt Chutney

This creamy yogurt-based chutney is made with cilantro, lime, and fresh green chiles.Ingalls Photography
Cucumber-Tomato Yogurt

Cucumber-Tomato Yogurt

This basic raita is a cooling counterpoint to fiery foods, thanks to its foundation of full-fat yogurt, cucumber, and mint. Plum tomatoes add a hint of acid, Thai chiles heat, and cumin a slight earthiness.Ingalls Photography
Mustard Sauce for Herring (Senapssås)

Mustard Sauce for Herring (Senapssås)

A bright, piquant mustard emulsion is one of several bold sauces that traditionally accompany pickled herring in Sweden. The sweet-tart fish is bathed in the piquant dressing, then heaped atop crunchy crispbread and devoured—ideally between shots of aquavit, especially at Swedish Midsummer celebrations.Ingalls Photography
Horseradish Sauce for Herring (Pepparrotssås)

Horseradish Sauce for Herring (Pepparrotssås)

This thick, spicy horseradish sauce enhances all kinds of smoked and cured fish. In Sweden it's traditionally dolloped over pickled herring, where the creaminess of the sauce offsets the vinegary fish. The combination of sweet-tart fish and assertive sauce is a mainstay of the country's Midsummer celebrations.Ingalls Photography
Bouchon Apple Butter

Bouchon Apple Butter

This apple butter contains nothing more than slow-roasted apples and a splash of cider.André Baranowski