23+ Types Of Steak Sauce To Spice Up Your Grilling

top 25 types of steak sauce to spice up your grilling

Do you know what goes great with a nice steak? Sauce. 

You can go sweet and tangy with a balsamic reduction, spicy with some horseradish, or you can even make it creamy and decadent by adding in blue cheese crumbles. 

But which one is the best for your cut of meat? Read on to find out! 

What Sauces Go Well With Steak?

Steak sauces are not just for flavor. Spices can add moisture to dry or cooked steaks if desired, but they are also meant to complement the steak itself.

Steak sauce can have various flavors that help take your steak from good to great, whether you like sweet and tangy sauces or rich and creamy ones.

1. A1 Steak Sauce

A1 Steak Sauce

Unless you top it with A1 Steak Sauce, a steak is not a steak. It is the perfect accompaniment to a well-cooked steak. It can be prepared early in the cooking process or basted on top to add flavor.

2. Peppercorn

grilled beef steak serving with peppercorn sauce

Peppercorn sauce is a classic steak sauce. There are many benefits to using this type of sauce. You can use it to add complexity with the brandy, heavy cream, and freshly crushed peppercorns for a light floral spiciness.

3. Mustard Cream

grilled beef steak serving with mustard cream sauce

The mustard cream sauce is great for people who love steak and enjoy spicy foods. This recipe includes different types of mustard, depending on personal preference.

The heavy cream is also a great addition to the dish because it has a rich body that adds to the texture.

4. Garlic Mushroom

grilled chicken steak on plate

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Garlic mushroom sauce is a good choice for steak because it has a creamy taste that pairs well with any steak. The garlic compliments the flavor of the steak, and the parmesan adds to the richness of the sauce.

5. Coconut Curry

Grilled beef and coconut curry sauce bowl on plate

This steak sauce is a bit more unusual than many of the others you will see. Coconut milk and curry give it a rich, spiced flavor that is very different from onion or peppercorn sauces.

It works well with thicker cuts of steak like ribeye. This Seared Beef with Red Curry Sauce dish will make you drool!

6. Steak Diane Sauce

delicious steak diane sauce

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The Steak Diane sauce is made with mushroom sauce and peppercorn sauce, rich in flavor. It has a smoky flavor to it with an intense meaty taste.

7. Soy Butter

Soy Butter Steak Sauce

The soy butter sauce is a great sauce when you add a lot of umami flavor to your steak for little effort. Something magical happens when you combine butter and soy.

It has that buttery, sweet, tangy flavor profile with the soy sauce, and it pairs perfectly with the steak.

8. Herb Sauce

Herb Sauce

The herb sauce is made of fresh mixed herbs like basil, cilantro, parsley, and mint. The serrano chile pepper also gives it some heat. It pairs well with flank steak and cheesy waffle hash browns.

9. Burgundy Mushroom

grilled beef serving with burgundy mushroom sauce

This burgundy mushroom sauce is easy to make and tastes luxurious.

The mushrooms are cooked down with red wine and butter, then strained. Add a spoonful of green onions, and you have a rich, earthy sauce for steak.

10. Blue Onion Cheese

delicious grilled beef on plate

This sauce usually consists of onion, butter, heavy cream, and blue cheese. The combination of ingredients gives the steak sauce something savory and spicy to enhance the flavor of the meat. 

This recipe for ribeye steak with blue onion cheese is a must-try.

11. Cowboy Butter

using fork knife deeping beef in sauce

The cowboy butter sauce for steak is excellent because it is homemade and tastes fantastic. The ingredients are easy to find, and you can whip them up in no time.

The sauce goes well with many steaks, but it may go best with bone-in ribeye or T-bones.

12. Creamy Sauce

chicken fried serving with gravy steak sauce

The creamy gravy is a must for this chicken fried steak recipe. This gravy is made from the fatty drippings leftover from cooking the meat. The rest of the ingredients commonly include flour, salt, pepper, and milk.

13. Hoisin Stir-Fry Sauce

beef stir fry in pot

Hoisin stir-fry sauce is a well-known sauce that can be used with steak. You can find this type of sauce to accompany your stir-fry dishes.

To make it, marinate thin slices of sirloin in a mixture of hoisin sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, ginger, Sriracha, garlic, and cornstarch.

14. Blue Cheese Dressing

Blue Cheese Sauce for Steak

Blue cheese dressing is perfect for steak-and-potato kebabs. The tangy, creamy sauce celebrates the meat’s flavor while adding creaminess and color. The best part? You can make it in less than 10 minutes.

15. Cilantro Pesto

Cilantro Pesto

This pesto has a fresh, tasty flavor. It is packed with cilantro, cotija cheese, slivered almonds, red onions, garlic, olive oil, and lime juice.

The best part, you can serve it over any cut of steak to add that extra punch of flavor! Get this Cilantro Pesto sauce recipe here.

16. Horseradish Sauce

Grilled beef served with horseradish sauce

Horseradish sauce, a classic steak accompaniment, is delicious and has a unique flavor that enhances the taste of any meal.

Creamy horseradish sauce is a steakhouse staple, and it tastes fantastic with prime rib, steak sandwiches, and more.

17. Red Wine

Red Wine Sauce

Red wine sauce is a type of pan sauce that is very versatile. It can be served with steak by using different flavor combinations according to personal preference.

Red wine sauce has the delicious taste of being savory and tangy, which pairs well with steak.

18. Balsamic Reduction

2 beef plates placed on table

This steak sauce is typically made by reducing balsamic vinegar over heat until about half the original volume. It can be used both as a marinade and a finishing sauce. See how to make flat iron steak with balsamic reduction sauce here!

19. Compound Butter Sauce

delicious grilled beef on plate

Compound butter is not technically a sauce, but it is an essential tool in your arsenal when cooking steak. Compound butter is very easy to make and can be versatile. You can blend butter with herbs like parsley, rosemary, thyme, and more.

20. Chimichurri

cutting beef served with chimichurri sauce

Green chimichurri sauce is a palate-pleasing Argentine blend of olive oil, parsley, garlic, and seasonings. The green chimichurri sauce, which is often spicier than the red version, is vibrant and flavorful to just about any steak.

21. Salsa Sauce

grilled beef served with sasla sauce

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Salsa is flavorful and is also versatile. You can put it on top of steak, with tacos, or even by itself.

Salsa sauce is great for topping off any dish. There are many different salsas, such as pico de gallo or fancy ones with added ingredients like bell peppers, red wine vinegar, and more. Here is a steak with salsa sauce recipe.

22. Caramelized Onions

delicious grilled beef on plate

The crispy, sweet, and caramelized onions sauce is a delicious addition to any steak.

You can use balsamic vinegar to give your sauce a tangy taste or create a sweet sauce by adding sugar to the recipe.

Check out this recipe for the grilled flank steak with caramelized onions sauce!

23. Barbeque Sauce

grilled beed served with vegetables

Barbecue sauce is a condiment commonly served with beef. There are so many different styles of barbecue sauce. It is hard to lump them all into one category.

But whether you prefer sweet and sticky sauce or vinegary and peppery, that is a way to improve your steak.

24. Brown Butter

pouring brown butter sauce on grilled beef

Brown butter sauce is a great way to make steak dinners even more indulgent.

You can make it with unsalted butter, which you melt over low heat until the butterfat and milk solids separate to create a rich, nutty flavor. 

For your most lavish grilling steak dinners, this sauce should be saved, like this one-pan filet mignon with rosemary brown butter.

Conclusion

There are numerous sauces to select when cooking steak, whether for a family supper or date night with your spouse.

Each spice is unique and will give any meal that extra something it needs. 

Take a look at our Best Pan for Steak blog post as well for the best steak dish.

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