8 Game-Changing Sauce Recipes for Every Home Chef

Chef John's Bearnaise Sauce: This tarragon-spiked, shallot-infused hollandaise is absolutely perfect with any and all steaks or roasts, especially lean ones. I love hollandaise and couldn't live without mayonnaise.

Chef John's Tomato Sauce: Here's Chef John's basic tomato sauce recipe. It's the foundation for his meat sauces and lasagnaswhenever a recipe calls for tomato sauce, this is the one! "This is one of my most requested food wishes, my all-purpose basic tomato sauce.

Tarragon Walnut Brown Butter Sauce: Here's a simple brown butter sauce that goes well with almost any white fish, including tilapia, snapper, bass, black cod, sole, and more.

Chef John's Chimichurri Sauce:Chef John recommends this herby, garlicky, tangy, spicy, and very green condiment for all types of grilled meats. Argentina's famous chimichurri sauce is most commonly served with grilled meats and is extremely versatile.

Chef John's Romesco Sauce: Roasted red bell peppers, garlic, almonds, and sherry vinegar produce a nutty, peppery, smoky, and acidic sauce.This Spanish classic is one of the best summer sauces ever, and it pairs well with anything off the grill, particularly vegetables and seafood.

Alabama-Style White Barbecue Sauce: This tangy and spicy combination of mayonnaise, cayenne pepper, horseradish, and vinegar makes an excellent marinade for grilled chicken.

Caramelized Pan Sauce: This pan sauce with caramelized mushrooms and tomatoes is inspired by traditional Italian flavors. You'll deglaze the pan with Marsala wine and stock, then finish with a little butter.

Lemon Caper Butter Sauce: This lemon and caper butter sauce is a classic French sauce that pairs well with seafood, especially sautéed sole.