Mango-Basil Dipping Sauce

I love using cocktail sauce for dipping boiled or grilled shrimp. When I don’t make my own I grab a bottle or two of Frog Bone’s Bayou Cocktail sauce. But there are times when you want something different. A different flavor than cocktail sauce, something fruity. Something without horseradish.

This mango-basil dipping sauce is different. It has a fantastic tropical flavor, making it perfect for shrimp.
Mango-Basil Dipping SauceYou can make other variations of this great mango-basil dipping sauce simply by substituting other fruits for the mango, such as papaya or pineapple. If you want a little kick to your sauce, add a bit of hot sauce (preferably something fruity, like a habanero sauce) or even some red pepper flake.

For the shrimp, I made a batch of copycat Bubba Gump shrimp on my Char-Broil Big Easy.

Also try my Delta Dippin’ sauce. It’s mighty yummy too!

Mango-Basil Dipping Sauce

Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 2 small mangoes peeled and chopped
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon plus 1 teaspoon of the juice
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • White pepper
  • 1-2 teaspoons dried basil crushed

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.

French Fry Dipping Sauce

Anita’s a ketchup-on-her-fries kind of gal. And I usually am too, except I am always looking for something a little different. This super simple French fry dipping sauce uses ingredients I always have on hand. Although it tastes a bit like ketchup, it brings a nice little creamy spicy flavor. Perfect for dipping.

French Fry Dipping SauceIf you don’t have (or like! *gasp*) Sriracha on hand, your favorite hot sauce will work just fine instead. You can also use this French fry dipping sauce on much more than ‘just’ fries. It’s great for dipping homemade onion rings (try my onion strips too!). And homemade chicken nuggets.

French Fry Dipping Sauce

Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • Sriracha to taste

Instructions

  • Whisk all ingredients together.
  • Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving so the flavors get all happy.

Herb Dipping Sauce

Although I made this herb dipping sauce as a sauce for rosemary chicken wings, it also makes a great salad dressing or a chimichurri-like sauce for grilled meats. It definitely packs a nice herby flavor. That was the point!

Rosemary Chicken Wings with Herb Dipping Sauce The herb dipping sauce really complimented the herby flavor of the chicken wings. You instead of dipping the chicken into the sauce you could brush it directly onto the chicken. Split chicken breasts or quarters, grilled to perfection and brushed with the sauce is absolutely divine (and different)!

I could not find fresh oregano so I used dried. Fresh would definitely go with the ‘fresh’ theme of this sauce, so if you have it, use it. Just start with a little a taste to see if you need to add more.

Herb Dipping Sauce

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves stems removed, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup olive oil or more if using as a dressing or chimichurri sauce, if desired
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Instructions

  • Process garlic in a food processor for 20 seconds.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and process until smooth. Add more oil as desired.

Firecracker Dipping Sauce

Looking for a wing or chicken finger dipping sauce for your heat-loving friends? Well, here it is. This firecracker dipping sauce has a nice garlicky flavor. With smooth buttermilk. And a big kick from roasted jalapenos. The flavor is fantastic, but you will get the heat. Believe me. Adjust the heat by adding/removing more jalapenos.

Firecracker dipping sauce for chicken fingers

I used 4 large jalapenos in this firecracker dipping sauce and the result was probably a little hot for the average person. Actually, not “probably”… it was hot. Sometimes you get really hot peppers and sometimes they aren’t quite as hot. That’s why it is good to taste as-you-go.

For a somewhat tamer dipping sauce, check out our Buffalo wing dipping sauce. It still has a kick, but your heat-fearing friends will find it to still be fantastic.¬†Also try my copycat of Chick-fil-A’s chicken finger dipping sauce or my chili dipping sauce.

Firecracker Dipping Sauce

Course Dipping Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 1/2 cups
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 4 jalapenos stemmed and seeded (if desired)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1 green onion chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Roast the jalapenos on your grill or under your broiler. Let cool slightly then remove the stem and seeds. Mince the peppers.
  • Place all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth.

Buffalo Wing Dipping Sauce

Blue cheese, although great, can be a little strong to us. So, we were a little skeptical about all the blue cheesiness that was in this recipe for a buffalo wing dipping sauce. Well, the sauce is fantastic. No more ranch dipping sauce for us. This is the only sauce we’ll ever need or make.

This sauce has a great bite from the blue cheese with just a little heat. Nice and cool for hot wings. Don’t skimp and use a cheap blue cheese dressing. Get the real stuff. And if you’re worried it might be too blue cheesy, substitute Gorgonzola cheese.

Also try my blue cheese dressing.

Buffalo Wing Dipping Sauce

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the cream cheese, dressing and hot sauce into medium bowl.
  • Microwave for 1-2 minutes until melted.
  • Whisk mixture until creamy smooth.
  • Fold in the blue cheese.

Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce

Do you always put ketchup on your fries? Or maybe mayonnaise? Well, try this great maple mustard dipping sauce for a change. It has the kick of yellow, Dijon and stone ground mustards, with the sweetness of real maple syrup. This is a totally different, great change from all those countless fries that have met their demise in a pool of ketchup. Put that ketchup away, you don’t need it any more!Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce

This maple mustard dipping sauce also makes for yummy chicken finger dipping! Oh, and corn dogs? They abolulely scream for this sauce!

Also try my Sriracha mustard sauce.

Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce

Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 3 /4 cup

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup prepared stone ground mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
  • 1/4 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients.

Creole Meatball Appetizers

These lil Creole meatball appetizers have kick and zing and yum! They are definitely not ho-hum like some of your typical meatball appetizers. Thanks to jalapeno pepper jelly and hot sauce, you won’t be jonesin’ for something spicier. You’ll get the heat and then some.Creole Meatball Appetizers

I make a big batch of these Creole meatball appetizers, so I usually end up doubling the amount of sauce I make. Oh, and if you can’t find Creole mustard, use a good grainy mustard and add just a tad more vinegar. If you aren’t a fan of liquid smoke you can leave it out. If you still want a bit of smokiness add a few good-sized pinches of chipotle powder.

Creole Meatballs Appetizers

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Creole
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients

For the appetizers

  • 20-30 Cooked Cajun meatballs use our favorite recipe from here
  • Sauce see below
  • Appetizer picks

For the sauce

  • 1 bottle chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Creole mustard
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup jalapeno pepper jelly
  • Hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 2 teaspoons Liquid Smoke

Instructions

  • Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add the cooked meatballs and continue simmering until warmed through.
  • Serve with picks.

Maple Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

If you like the twang of mustard with a hint of sweet, then this maple honey mustard dipping sauce is the sauce for you. Keep that bottle of ketchup in the fridge. Try something new. Although the recipe calls for Dijon, you can use any of your favorite mustards. We’ve found Creole and spicy mustards to be great too!

Maple Honey Mustard Dipping SauceWe use this maple honey mustard dipping sauce for dipping chicken fingers and corn dogs and yes, even French fries. For a little more kick, add some hot sauce. But make sure you use real maple syrup. The fake stuff isn’t actually maple syrup, it’s made from corn syrup. Only the real stuff has that true maple flavor.

Maple Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.