Jar of garlic mayonnaise with sprig of parsley
11 Garlic-Based Sauces You Should Know
Garlic Butter
A combination of garlic and butter makes a classic, simple sauce. To vamp it up with some extra flavor, add complementary herbs like thyme, rosemary, and parsley.
To infuse a steak with garlic butter, add some to the pan once the meat is almost done cooking. The sauce also creates a flavorful dip or drizzle for fish, lobster, and crab.
Garlic Cashew
This vegan sauce incorporates soaked cashews, nutritional yeast, salt, and water, a combination that results in a delicious cheesy flavor.
From dairy-free mac and cheese to creamy soups and pasta, garlic cashew sauce is a great staple sauce in the kitchen. Try pairing it with veggies, chips, or crackers.
Toum is a Lebanese garlic sauce with a thick, creamy consistency made by blending garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. It's commonly used as a paste or spread.
The strength of the sauce means it doesn't need to be used very heavily. A thin spread or small side of dip will give your dish plenty of flavor.
Garlic Aioli
Classic aioli is made with just garlic and olive oil, but you can incorporate additional spices like salt, pepper, chili flakes, or paprika to suit your needs.
Emulsify the garlic with the olive oil and consider adding an egg for a smoother consistency. The resulting sauce is perfect for dips, sandwiches, and burgers.
Garlic Pizza
Garlic pizza sauce is a creamy, white pizza sauce with a strong garlicky flavor that rivals even the classic tomato sauce typically found on pizzas.
Start by making a roux of butter and flour before adding milk, cheese, oil, and garlic. Fresh garlic will provide the most flavor, but ground garlic also works.