If you’re always looking for new sauces to dunk, dip and drizzle with your favorite foods, then you’ll wish you could get these African sauces bottled! Luckily, you can make them easily at home.
This sauce is traditionally made with African mushrooms, but you can substitute in your favorite kind. This sauce has warm, earthy flavors from the mushrooms, plus some zest and sweetness from the lemon. It’s an unexpected flavor combination, but tastes delicious on steak or red meat of your choice. We found this recipe at PepperandStew.co.uk.
This is essentially a seasoned clarified butter, and you’ll want to put it on everything. In Ethiopia, it’s usually found in doro wat — a slow-simmered spicy stew with tender chicken meat . But it might be the only thing you want to put on rice, pasta, or toast ever again. This recipe from TheKitchn.com loads up on spices such as cardamom, cumin and fenugreek.
Egusi is so rich and complex, it’s often eaten just as a soup, but it tastes delicious on fish, grilled meat or rice. Egusi is the seeds you find in plants such as squash, melons and gourds. In this sauce, the seeds are roasted and ground up, giving the sauce a nice nutty flavor. We found this recipe at CongoCookBook.com.
Moambe Sauce is usually eaten with chicken, like it is in this DenverGreenChili.com recipe, but you can easily mix it into your favorite chili, or eat it with tender chunks of beef, or smother it on spinach. It’s a unique blend of peanut butter, tomato sauce and nutmeg, making for a sweet, robust sauce with a kick.
Like egusi sauce, sauce aux crevettes is so hearty on its own that it can just be eaten over rice or as a stew. Also called shrimp sauce, this recipe comes out a pretty yellow color from the peanut butter. The soft okra mixed with small shrimp gives it a great, varied consistency. We found this recipe at Food.Sify.com.
If you’re looking for a Sriracha alternative, this sauce is smoky, sweet and a little bit spicy and tastes great on anything fried, or even with chips. This recipe from ButteryBooks.com is very simple, and almost looks like a ketchup recipe if it weren’t for the avocado oil.
Yours will be no regular barbecue if you spread this sauce on your skewers. This recipe from Food.com has a few surprising ingredients such as tamarind paste for a nice kick, ginger for some sweetness, and brewed coffee for a roasted flavor.
This is a North African sauce that’s eaten in a mushroom and potato salad in this Delectable-victuals.blogspot.com recipe, but we believe it would taste delicious with white fish, or on a rice dish. The sauce calls for some rare ingredients such as preserved lemon, which gives a really bold sweet-sour taste; and sambal oelek, a sauce made from several types of chili peppers.
This sauce is so simple, but we love it because you get your veggies right in your sauce! Soft okra lends itself perfectly to a sauce, and gives any dish a really happy, bright green color. We found this recipe at FoodieCityMom.com.
This creamy custard sauce is poured over moist, fruity malva pudding, a South African favorite of Cape Dutch origin. You don’t only have to pour chocolate sauce on chocolate cake right? And you can put malva sauce on whatever you want. Add this sauce to your fruit salad, to your pancakes, to your cornbread, and just about any dessert. We found this recipe at MyKindOfCooking.blogspot.com.