67 Easy Sauce Recipes You Can Put on Anything


Courtney Hamilton

Dress up your proteins and veggies with these crave-worthy sauce ideas you can slather on just about anything!

What’s a meal without sauce? It’s the one staple that will either make or break your dish and can range from savory marinades to sweet and creamy mix-ins.

This expansive list features every sauce you can imagine. Best part is, you won’t need to worry about dairy or refined sugars often found in conventional versions. Instead, you’ll find many ways to pack bold flavors into your food with just a few spices, herbs, oils, and more.

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There’s even Italian blends like spicy Arrabbiata sauce, lamb ragu, creamy tomato sauce, and dairy-free Alfredo. All of which are perfect for tossing with your favorite veggie noodles.

We also didn’t forget about dessert, either. You’ll find salted caramel sauce, healthy hot fudge, and even a vanilla cashew sauce perfect for drizzling atop baked goods. This list is plentiful, so whip up a saucy meal tonight.

Simple Dairy-Free Pesto

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This vibrant, green pesto packs an herbaceous punch with any dish you serve it on.

Recipe: PaleoHacks | Simple Dairy-Free Pesto

Easy, Refined Sugar-Free Marinara Sauce

Store-bought marinara sauce is notorious for hidden sugars. Opt for this sugar-free homemade version instead.

Recipe: PaleoHacks | Easy, Refined Sugar-Free Marinara Sauce

Paleo Honey Garlic Sauce

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If you don’t have any fermented honey garlic on hand, simply combine some garlic with raw honey to make this simple sauce.

Recipe: The Primal Desire | Paleo Honey Garlic Sauce

Lamb Ragu

This hearty lamb ragu is practically a meal in and of itself, but serve it atop some cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles for a complete dinner.

Recipe: PaleoPlan | Lamb Ragu

Healthy, Easy Caramel Sauce

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Don’t forget about sauce when it comes time for dessert! This homemade Paleo caramel sauce is delicious drizzled over coconut milk ice cream.

Recipe: PaleoHacks | Healthy, Easy Caramel Sauce

Easy Ranch Dressing

This versatile Paleo ranch can be used as a sauce, dressing, or dip. The possibilities are endless!

Recipe: Paleo Running Momma | Easy Ranch Dressing

Paleo Peach Barbeque Sauce

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The fresh peaches in this sauce do a lot more than adding natural sweetness; they also add thickness and texture to the sauce.

Recipe: Cook Eat Paleo | Paleo Peach Barbeque Sauce

Paleo Thai Marinade

Slather this vibrant, umami-filled marinade all over your favorite meat.

Recipe: PaleoPlan | Paleo Thai Marinade

Everyday Chicken Marinade

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You’ll love how quickly this chicken marinade comes together, as well as the bold flavors it imparts on your meal.

Recipe: Physical Kitchness | Everyday Chicken Marinade

Paleo Cranberry Sauce

This sweet and tart sauce doesn’t have to just be served on Thanksgiving! Pour it over your favorite poultry for a little sweetness.

Recipe: PaleoHacks | Paleo Cranberry Sauce

Paleo Whole30 Marinade

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Pork, chicken, or beef: This orange-based marinade packs a flavorful punch to any cut of meat.

Recipe: Real Food with Jessica | Paleo Whole30 Marinade

Paleo Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauce

This quick, sweet, and spicy sauce couldn’t be easier to put together. You probably have all the ingredients on hand already!

Recipe: Perchance to Cook | Paleo Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauce

Paleo Tzatziki Sauce

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This dairy-free tzatziki takes Mediterranean meals to the next level.

Recipe: The Real Food Dietitians | Paleo Tzatziki Sauce

Cilantro Garlic Marinade

This vibrant green marinade features flavorful notes from cilantro, fresh garlic, white wine vinegar, jalapeños, and more.

Recipe: What a Girl Eats | Cilantro Garlic Marinade

Dairy-Free Alfredo Sauce

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This creamy Alfredo sauce is the perfect Paleo alternative to conventional cheese and dairy sauces.

Recipe: PaleoHacks | Dairy-Free Alfredo Sauce

4-Ingredient Paleo Honey Mustard Sauce

With just four pantry staples, you can have honey mustard so creamy and sweet, you’ll be dying to dip everything in it.

Recipe: Our Paleo Life | 4-Ingredient Paleo Honey Mustard Sauce

Easy Tahini Sauce Dip

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Use this tahini recipe as a sauce or dip. Either way, you’ll make your food infinitely more delicious.

Recipe: Chew Out Loud | Easy Tahini Sauce Dip

Avocado Garlic Sauce

If you haven’t thought to try avocado as a dairy-free sauce yet, you’re missing out. This simple avocado-garlic sauce only needs a few, bright, refreshing ingredients to get started.

Recipe: PaleoHacks | Avocado Garlic Sauce

The Best Tahini Dressing

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This tahini vinaigrette is perfect for salads, but also for constructing bowls or adding more flavor to steak or chicken.

Recipe: Physical Kitchness | The Best Tahini Dressing

Mojo Verde

You’ll be amazed at how quickly this sauce comes together with just four ingredients: cilantro, olive oil, garlic, and salt.

Recipe: PaleoPlan | Mojo Verde

15-Minute Paleo Keto Barbeque Sauce

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This easy barbeque sauce is keto-friendly, too! Skip the optional xylitol add-in, and use a natural, Paleo-friendly sweetener if you want to add extra sweetness.

Recipe: Gnom Gnom | 15-Minute Paleo Keto Barbeque Sauce

Homemade Eggplant Bolognese

Sub out the ground beef in this Bolognese sauce, complete with hearty chunks of eggplant.

Recipe: PaleoHacks | Homemade Eggplant Bolognese

Paleo Thai Peanut Sauce

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While this sauce channels the classic flavor of Thai peanut sauce, there are no peanuts to be found. In fact, you can make this sauce nut-free by opting for sunbutter!

Recipe: I Heart Umami | Paleo Thai Peanut Sauce

Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

You’d be surprised how much flavor and texture pumpkin purée adds to pasta sauce.

Recipe: PaleoHacks | Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

Orange Turmeric Tahini Sauce

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This flavorful, anti-inflammatory sauce is ideal drizzled over a bowl with your favorite veggies and meats.

Recipe: The Roasted Root | Orange Turmeric Tahini Sauce

The Essential Paleo Steak Marinade

This marinade is easy-peasy, but so delicious with any hunk of steak you can imagine.

Recipe: Real Simple Good | The Essential Paleo Steak Marinade

Whole30 Paleo Gravy

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This gravy is super simple to put together with some chicken stock, tapioca starch, arrowroot starch, cooking fat, coconut aminos, and poultry seasoning.

Recipe: 40 Aprons | Whole30 Paleo Gravy

Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

This creamy, bacon-flavored butternut squash sauce is 100 percent dairy-free.

Recipe: PaleoHacks | Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

Mango Curry Barbeque Sauce

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You may love barbeque sauce, but we’re willing to bet you’ve never whipped up a crazy flavorful, mango curry version before.

Recipe: Food Faith Fitness | Mango Curry Barbeque Sauce

Savory Balsamic Steak Sauce

This slightly sweet, slightly tangy, slightly spicy steak sauce tastes just as good as the store-bought stuff.

Recipe: PaleoHacks | Savory Balsamic Steak Sauce

5-Minute Paleo Enchilada Sauce

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While some enchilada sauces compile dozens of ingredients, this Paleo-friendly recipe is minimalist in its approach.

Recipe: Dr. Axe | 5-Minute Paleo Enchilada Sauce

Paprika Lemon Chicken Marinade

The bold spice of paprika blends well with zesty lemon and fresh garlic in this marinade.

Recipe: Paleo Leap | Paprika Lemon Chicken Marinade

Oregano Garlic Cream Sauce

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This creamy sauce packs a healthy dose of veggies, with cauliflower serving as one of the primary ingredients.

Recipe: Unbound Wellness | Oregano Garlic Cream Sauce

Homemade Salsa Verde

This spicy green salsa is delicious as a dip or as a sauce atop veggies or meat.

Recipe: My Natural Family | Homemade Salsa Verde

Easy 3-Minute Pizza Sauce

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Not sure what to top your cauliflower pizza crust with? We’re thinking this 3-minute pizza sauce right here.

Recipe: All the Nourishing Things | Easy 3-Minute Pizza Sauce

Tartar Sauce

This sauce combines homemade mayo with pickles, dill weed, and lemon juice – perfect for dipping Paleo-friendly fried fish!

Recipe: Primal Palate | Tartar Sauce

Basil Aioli

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Part pesto, part mayo, this creamy basil aioli is uber-delicious when slathered on a Paleo burger or served alongside sweet potato fries.

Recipe: Living Loving Paleo | Basil Aioli

Paleo Barbeque Sauce with Medjool Dates

Did you know you can use naturally sweet dates to add sweetness and texture to your barbeque sauce?

Recipe: Fit Mitten Kitchen | Paleo Barbeque Sauce with Medjool Dates

Salted Caramel Sauce

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This caramel sauce only has a handful of ingredients, but salt really sets it apart.

Recipe: Downshiftology | Salted Caramel Sauce

Paleo Asian Garlic Ginger Sauce

This simple Asian garlic ginger sauce is perfect for tossing wings in.

Recipe: The Paleo Chef’s Table | Paleo Asian Garlic Ginger Sauce

Garlic Cream Sauce

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What should you serve this crazy simple garlic cream sauce with? We suggest adding it to everything.

Recipe: Paleo Scaleo | Garlic Cream Sauce

Paleo Avocado Sauce

Part dressing, part all-purpose sauce, this zesty avocado sauce can be drizzled all over taco bowls to great effect.

Recipe: Paleo Newbie | Paleo Avocado Sauce

Lifesaving Lemony Salad Dressing

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This refreshing salad dressing could also make for a great chicken marinade!

Recipe: The Endless Meal | Lifesaving Lemony Salad Dressing

Bone Broth Gravy

Bone broth imparts a more intense flavor than typical stock or broth, making it perfect for rich, meaty gravy.

Recipe: Perchance to Cook | Bone Broth Gravy

Kale Pesto

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Kale, basil, and parsley fill this pesto to the brim with greens.

Recipe: Paleo Gluten Free Eats | Kale Pesto

Paleo Coconut Oil Hollandaise Sauce

Paleo eggs benedict is made easy with this coconut oil-based hollandaise sauce.

Recipe: Against All Grain | Paleo Coconut Oil Hollandaise Sauce

3-Ingredient Chocolate Fudge Sauce

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With some dates, nut milk, and unsweetened chocolate, you can have this uber-healthy sauce at your disposal in minutes.

Recipe: Top with Cinnamon | 3-Ingredient Chocolate Fudge Sauce

Paleo Vegan Vanilla Sauce

This creamy vanilla sauce is great drizzled over your favorite Paleo baked goods.

Recipe: TexanErin | Paleo Vegan Vanilla Sauce

2-Ingredient Paleo Date Sauce

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This caramel-like date sauce only requires Medjool dates, water, and salt. That’s it.

Recipe: Paleo Gluten Free Eats | 2-Ingredient Paleo Date Sauce

5-Minute Cashew Cheese Sauce

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Drizzle this cheese sauce atop veggies or mix with tender cauliflower for an approximation of mac ’n cheese.

Recipe: Paleo Gluten Free Eats | 5-Minute Cashew Cheese Sauce

Chipotle Aioli

An immersion blender makes this flavor-packed aioli a cinch to make.

Recipe: Living Loving Paleo | Chipotle Aioli

Apple Cider Vinaigrette

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Nothing could be simpler than this tangy apple cider vinaigrette, which tastes amazing drizzled over fresh greens.

Recipe: A Clean Bake | Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Creamy Tomato Sauce

When you can’t decide whether to serve your veggie noodles in a cream sauce or a tomato sauce, reach for this creamy tomato sauce.

Recipe: Every Last Bite | Creamy Tomato Sauce

Paleo Espresso Caramel Sauce

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This date-based caramel gets a caffeinated kick from some strongly-brewed espresso. It’s perfect for serving with fruit slices or atop a bowl of Paleo oatmeal.

Recipe: Physical Kitchness | Paleo Espresso Caramel Sauce

Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Dressing

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This vibrant yellow dressing is spiced with turmeric and ginger for a warm flavor that goes great with everything from salad to meat.

Recipe: Unbound Wellness | Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Dressing

Cheater’s Salsa

Did you know you can make salsa with canned tomatoes? No need to fire-roast them yourself.

Recipe: An Edible Mosaic | Cheater’s Salsa

AIP Coconut Curry Sauce

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This well-spiced coconut curry sauce is a delicious way to spice up chicken, beef, fish, pork – even eggs!

Recipe: The Primal Desire | AIP Coconut Curry Sauce

Stir-Fry Sauce

This all-purpose stir-fry sauce works well in virtually every Asian-inspired stir-fry dish you can imagine.

Recipe: PaleoHacks | Stir-Fry Sauce

Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette

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This zesty lemon Dijon vinaigrette makes for a bright note in salads and bowls.

Recipe: Foolproof Living | Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette

Arugula Pesto

Arugula adds a distinct peppery flavor to this pesto, which gets its texture from slivered almonds.

Recipe: Nom Nom Paleo | Arugula Pesto

Chimichurri Sauce

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This vibrant green chimichurri boasts parsley, cilantro, garlic, and more.

Recipe: Tastes Lovely | Chimichurri Sauce

Fresh Tomato Salsa

This quick salsa is the perfect way to top off some freshly grilled chicken.

Recipe: Cook Eat Paleo | Fresh Tomato Salsa

Easy Green Goddess Dressing

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This green goddess sauce truly lives up to its name: It boasts basil, cilantro, green onions, and more.

Recipe: PaleoHacks | Easy Green Goddess Dressing

Lemon Aioli Sauce

You can drizzle this aioli on your favorite salad or slather it across Paleo buns for the perfect Paleo burger.

Recipe: Paleo Newbie | Lemon Aioli Sauce

Arrabbiata Meat Sauce

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This spicy meat sauce is just what your bowl of zoodles calls for.

Recipe: Perchance to Cook | Arrabbiata Meat Sauce

Whole30 Mole Sauce

Keeping Paleo doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor. This mole is every bit a labor of love and packed with traditional flavors.

Recipe: Cooking with Curls | Whole30 Mole Sauce

Paleo Béchamel

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At the root of all creamy, cheesy sauces (like mac ’n cheese) is a béchamel. This Paleo-friendly version means healthier, but-just-as-rich meals.

Recipe: Zesty Paleo | Paleo Béchamel

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