Photo: Whitney Ott

While some simply prepared dishes boast big-time flavor all on their own, other meals could use a little dressing up. That's where these homemade sauces come in. Whether you want to add kick to baked chicken or brighten up grilled steak, these delicious DIY sauces go with just about everything.

August 16, 2017

Miso-Chili-Garlic Sauce

 Photo: Whitney Ott

Just four ingredients deliver big umami flavor with a hint of heat thanks to the chili garlic sauce. It pairs well with most proteins—we like it with shrimp, chicken, or tofu. Thin leftover sauce with a little sesame oil for a quick salad dressing.

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Cilantro-Caper Sauce

 Photo: Whitney Ott

Herby, garlicky, and briny, this easy food processor sauce is a loose combination of classic Italian salsa verde and Argentinian chimichurri. Use it to brighten up seared pork chops, grilled steak, or grilled chicken skewers.

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End-of-Summer Tomato Salsa

 Photo: Whitney Ott

Late-season cherry tomatoes and woodsy thyme bridge the seasons in this versatile condiment. Try it on everything from grilled chicken breasts to sautéed salmon and roasted pork tenderloin.

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Quick Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

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A quick whir in the blender brings this romesco-style sauce together in seconds. The ingredients are also easy to keep on hand for a a last-minute sauce that's delicious on mild fish fillets or simple baked chicken breasts.

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