No more boring broccoli!
If you’re looking for a way to spice up your broccoli dishes, check out these 15 easy sauces for broccoli.
From zesty to creamy, these sauces will have you coming back for more.
From classic cheese sauce to inventive twists like garlic-ginger and cilantro lime, there’s something here to satisfy every taste.
Read on to learn more about these delicious sauces and how to make them.
1. Enchilada Sauce
This easy to make homemade enchilada sauce will bring the flavor of your favorite Mexican recipes up a notch.
I use it on top of oven-roasted broccoli for a healthier take on traditional enchiladas.
Even better, this vegan and gluten-free recipe allows everyone to enjoy it!
It’s simple enough that you can whip up a batch in just minutes but packed with mouth-watering flavors that’ll make you come back for seconds (or thirds).
—George Montgomery, Denver, Colorado
2. Chipotle Tahini Sauce
If I’m looking for something to spice up my broccoli recipes, this chipotle tahini sauce always hits the spot.
Rich, creamy and unique, it adds a touch of smokiness while keeping things light in the kitchen.
I just whisk together some olive oil, tahini, and chipotle in adobo sauce with fresh garlic clove, orange juice, and coarse salt until it’s all blended together.
Trust me – one bite and you’ll want a second helping!
—Natalie Richardson, Austin, Texas
Pesto is one of my favorite sauces to use in so many dishes.
It’s versatile, colorful, and absolutely delicious.
Plus, it takes just minutes to make with only a food processor or blender.
This version has the classic ingredients like basil, Parmesan cheese, and garlic but I like to give mine an extra flavor punch by adding some pine nuts, salt, pepper, and olive oil – yum!
Give it a try on your next batch of broccoli recipes.
—Bethany Morris, San Antonio Texas
4. Peanut Sauce
If you’re looking for a way to take your broccoli recipes from blah to wow, then this peanut sauce is the answer!
It’s a delicious combination of sweet and spicy that adds so much flavor without a lot of effort.
Plus, it can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Spoon some over steamed broccoli or stir-fries — either way, you’ll love it.
—Jason Marley, Austin, Texas
5. Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
This roasted red pepper sauce is a revelation! It’s so simple to make and adds an incredible flavor to all kinds of dishes, from pasta to roasted veggies.
I especially love this sauce for flavoring broccoli recipes, as the sweetness of the peppers works perfectly with lightly cooked florets.
It’s so easy – just roast, blend and simmer for maximum deliciousness! This is a recipe you’ll come back to again and again.
—Joseph Watson, Madison, Wisconsin
6. 5-Minute Coconut Curry Sauce
Love adding a little something extra to your broccoli recipes?
This quick and delicious 5-Minute Coconut Curry Sauce is the perfect way to kick up your favorite dishes.
It’s a blend of all the flavors you know and love: coconut oil, curry powder, coconut milk, turmeric, and seasonings like fish sauce and lime juice.
Heat it up in just minutes for a flavorful treat!
—John Austin, Phoenix, Arizona
7. Basic Garlic Butter Tomato Sauce
This is one of those sauces that I make in a pinch when I don’t have any other ingredients. It’s simple, flavorful, and surprisingly versatile.
I love it tossed with cooked broccoli or on top of toast, but my favorite way to use it is as part of a bowl meal – just cook some grains, add your favorite protein and top it off with this delicious tomato-garlic butter sauce!
It keeps well in the fridge for up to five days.
—Daniel Halliday, Vallejo, California
8. Romesco Sauce
This is my favorite sauce for adding a bit of zest to dishes.
It’s easy but packed with flavor and nutrition.
The roasted red peppers, almonds, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, and spices all come together in a rich combination that will make your taste buds dance.
I love it on grilled chicken or fish as well as topping off some steamed broccoli.
—Malcolm Granger, Tacoma, Washington
9. Cilantro Vinaigrette
This cilantro vinaigrette recipe is a must-try – it adds zing to your favorite broccoli recipes!
It takes just minutes to prepare and will transform any dish into something you’ll be excited about.
With some fresh garlic, red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt, this unique dressing really packs the flavor.
Make sure you’ve got plenty on hand; it’s great on salads, vegetables, and other dishes too!
—Max Edwards, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
10. 5-Minute Cashew Cheese Sauce
Sometimes it can be hard to find a way to make vegetables interesting.
That’s why I turn to this 5-minute cheese sauce every time. It adds flavor, texture, and color to any dish like broccoli!
The cashews add some extra creaminess, the nutritional yeast gives it that cheesy flavor, and the garlic…well I mean – you just can’t go wrong with garlic.
It takes no time at all and is sure to please everyone around your table – even the pickiest of eaters!
—Gabrielle Walker, Austin, Texas
Chimichurri is a wonderful sauce to use when you want to add flavor and spice to just about anything!
I especially love it when it’s paired with roasted broccoli.
It adds an extra punch of flavor that can’t be beaten.
I also like using it in stuffed broccoli recipes, like my famous Roasted Broccoli & Cheese Stuffed Shells.
The combination of parsley, garlic, and oregano creates a unique taste that adds life to any dish.
—Melissa Hill, Asheville, North Carolina
12. Honey Mustard Sauce
Honey mustard sauce is a tangy, sweet, and creamy condiment that’s great for flavoring broccoli.
I love making roasted broccoli with this delectable sauce!
It’s so easy – just toss grilled or steamed broccoli florets in the sauce, spread them out on a baking sheet, and bake at 400°F for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
It also works as an unexpected dip with raw broccoli spear snacks.
A dollop of it can give even the most basic recipes a delicious upgrade.
—John, New York City, New York
13. 5-Minute Yum Yum Sauce
If you’re in a pinch for adding flavor to your vegetables, this sauce is the perfect solution.
It takes only five minutes to whip up and combines mayo with butter, tomato paste, sugar (or agave), an all-purpose spice mix, and salt.
The end result is creamy, aromatic goodness that your whole family will enjoy!
Just be careful not to overdo it – a little of this sauce goes a long way.
—Connor Keller, Omaha, Nebraska
14. Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce
When it comes to BBQ sauce, there’s no denying that the Carolinas know their stuff.
This mustard-style sauce has a signature kick and is perfect for adding flavor to roasted or grilled vegetables.
It only takes minutes to make and requires pantry staples like yellow mustard, honey, vinegar, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and more.
Add in some heat with your favorite hot sauce for an extra punch of flavor!
—Timothy Jones, Raleigh, North Carolina
15. Sweet and Sour Sauce
This sweet and sour sauce is the perfect way to flavor vegetables or any other dish you can think of!
This creative twist on a classic brings out the best in whatever you mix it with.
It’s easy to make and customize, plus it doesn’t add too much sugar – so you can indulge without the guilt.
So go ahead, give it a try and experience a totally different taste sensation!
—Kelsey Johnson, Kalamazoo, Michigan
15 Easy Sauces for Broccoli to Spice Up Your Meals
- Enchilada Sauce
- Chipotle Tahini Sauce
- Peanut Sauce
- Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
- 5-Minute Coconut Curry Sauce
- Basic Garlic Butter Tomato Sauce
- Romesco Sauce
- Cilantro Vinaigrette
- 5-Minute Cashew Cheese Sauce
- Honey Mustard Sauce
- 5-Minute Yum Yum Sauce
- Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce
- Sweet and Sour Sauce
- Pick your favorite sauce from this list to spice up your meal.
- Prepare all of the required ingredients.
- Cook your sauce in 15 minutes or less.
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