Spicy Remoulade Sauce

I do love dipping my fried shrimp in spicy cocktail sauce. But I also like something different, something… better. And this spicy remoulade sauce is it and then some. It’s got a little kick to it, form hot sauce, spicy Creole mustard and cayenne pepper. Lovely shallots join the party too. This is a great sauce and not just for dipping fantastic fried shrimp. Slather a bunch of it on a po boy sandwich and you’ve got a real treat!

Spicy Remoulade Sauce

My favorite Creole mustard comes from Zatarain’s. It’s a nice coarse stone ground mustard with a wonderful vinegar kick to it. It’ll make you pucker up a bit. Hey, it’s mustard, not mayonnaise so you want that special zestiness! It really adds a lot to this spicy remoulade sauce.

Also try my red pepper remoulade sauce.

Spicy Remoulade Sauce
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Spicy Remoulade Sauce

I do love dipping my fried shrimp in spicy cocktail sauce. But I also like something different, something… better. And this spicy remoulade is it and then some.
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword dipping sauce, sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 75kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a medium bowl.
  • Whisk or stir to combine.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 78IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

The Best Burger Sauce

This is my go-to, always-on-hand sauce for burgers. Sure, I’ll mix it up some times and use other sauces. But this one finds it’s way onto my burgers a lot. I consider it to be a somewhat grownup version of that famous special sauce you get at McDonald’s. And it couldn’t be any easier to make, using ingredients I often have on hand. For me, it’s the Best Burger Sauce there is.

The Best Burger Sauce

You can use any hot sauce you like. If I’m using this Best Burger Sauce on burgers I’m cooking for others, and I’m not sure if they like spicy foods, I use Cholula or Louisiana hot sauce. Neither is particularly spicy, but both add great flavor to the sauce. If you decide to leave out the heat, I’d recommend adding a pinch or two of Cajun seasoning or even Old Bay.

I recently discovered Blue Plate mayonnaise, which I think is the best around. If you can’t find it locally you can pick it up online for a fair price.

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The Best Burger Sauce

If you decide to leave out the hot sauce, I'd recommend adding a pinch or two of Cajun seasoning or even Old Bay.
Course Burger Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword burger sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 77kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Nutrition

Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 31IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Copycat Freddy’s Burger Seasoning

Chances are, if I have a grill fired up, there’s going to be a smash burger in my near future. They are my go-to quick-and-easy dinner. Simple. Fast. And oh so good. I want my patties to be packed with flavor. This copycat Freddy’s burger seasoning is an absolutely fantastic way to add great flavor to any burger. This stuff is like magic. A little smoky earthiness. A little garlicky and onion-y. Salty sweet. Add a little or a lot to your next burgers and you’ll be happy.

Copycat Freddy's Burger Seasoning

Oops on me, I didn’t have any turmeric for my copycat Freddy’s burger seasoning. No problem. I used dry mustard instead. You’re just looking for something with a little earthiness to it. Cumin would be great too, but my wife is not quite the big cumin fan, so mustard it was.

Also try some Freddy’s fry seasoning and burger sauce!

Copycat Freddy's Burger Seasoning
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Copycat Freddy’s Burger Seasoning

Add a little or a lot to your next burgers and you'll be happy.
Course Burger Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword burger sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 112kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients.
  • Keep in an air-tight container until ready to use.
  • To serve, sprinkle on both sides of burger patties just before cooking.

Nutrition

Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 11634mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 1970IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Red Pepper Remoulade

If you’re looking for a easy-to-make remoulade that really shines with seafood, this red pepper remoulade is it. I used the remoulade on crab cakes, but it’d be perfect with shrimp too. Or as a dipping sauce for fried fish filets. It’s also great with other things, such as onion rings and yes, even French fries!

Red Pepper Remoulade

Another great use for red pepper remoulade? Yep, on roasted, grilled or fried shrimp po boy sandwiches. Man, that’s good eats!

If you prefer a spicier remoulade, substitute spicy chili sauce. Or just add a few pinches of dried red pepper flake or cayenne. Or just try my spicy remoulade instead!

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Red Pepper Remoulade

If you’re looking for a easy-to-make remoulade that really shines with seafood, this red pepper remoulade is it. 
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword roasted red pepper, sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Calories 833kcal
Author Based on a recipe from Rachael Ray

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor. Process until smooth.

Nutrition

Calories: 833kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 84g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 1631mg | Potassium: 276mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 540IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

BBQ Thousand Island Burger Sauce

I was looking for something a bit different, a change from my usual burger sauce. When I found this BBQ Thousand Island burger sauce I thought that it was a really interesting twist on a classic ‘special sauce’. The addition of chili sauce, BBQ sauce, and Worcestershire really sets this sauce apart from the others. It’s different in a very good, tasty way. If you’re tried of using the ‘same ole’ stuff on your burgers, make this sauce. It’ll make your burgers decidedly better.

BBQ Thousand Island Burger Sauce

This is one Great Burger Sauce

I prefer a smoky sauce in my BBQ Thousand Island burger sauce. Usually. Sometimes I go the spicy route and add a BBQ sauce with a little kick. I do tend away from using a sweeter sauce, though. It’s your call of course as to which you use, but for me a sweet sauce just didn’t work out. Maybe it’s just me.

BBQ Thousand Island Burger Sauce
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BBQ Thousand Island Burger Sauce

I prefer a smoky sauce in my BBQ Thousand Island burger sauce.
Course Burger Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword burgers, sauce
Prep Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 109kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients. Refrigerate for at least one hour before using.

Nutrition

Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 206mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 61IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Creamy Nacho Cheese Sauce

Oh, me. What a lovely creamy nacho cheese sauce this is. So smooth. So cheesy. It’s absolutely wonderful by itself as a dip for chips. It’s crazy good on nachos. Spooned on burgers. Drizzled on tacos. Anything that needs cheese (which is practically everything) needs this sauce.

Creamy Nacho Cheese Sauce

You can mix this sauce up by using different a cheese or even a mix of cheeses. Just don’t use that pre-shredded stuff. Although it has it’s uses, this isn’t it. That stuff has a coating that isn’t going to melt well. You’ll end up with a less-than-creamy nacho cheese sauce and that’s just not right.

Feel free to stir in some chopped chives, cooked crumbled bacon, or chopped chipotles in adobo sauce before serving.

This smooth (thanks to evaporated milk), delicious sauce would be great on potato chip nachos.

Creamy Nacho Cheese Sauce
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Creamy Nacho Cheese Sauce

Feel free to stir in some chopped chives, cooked crumbled bacon, or chopped chipotles in adobo sauce before serving.
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword cheese sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 177kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Empty the can of evaporate milk into a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Whisk in the cornstarch. Bring to a simmer, whisking often. Continue simmering and whisking until the sauce starts to thicken and is consistency of a thin clam chowder. Remove from heat.
  • Add the cheese and stir to melt. If you need, you can briefly the pan to the heat to help melt it.
  • Add the hot sauce, if using, and stir.

Nutrition

Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 256mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 0.01g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 386IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 311mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Smash Burger Sauce

Smash burgers are by far my most popular way of making burgers. They aren’t complicated, but they’re packed with great grill flavor (with a little bit of a crunchy edge!) and topped with fresh ingredients and a wonderful Smash burger sauce. Nothing fancy here, just great tastes.

Smash Burger Sauce

My smash burger sauce has a bit of pickle juice added for extra flavor. I have learned to never, ever toss out pickle juice. When that jar of pickles is done, there’s still wonderful flavor to be had in the juice. I use it in sauces like this, and also for marinating fried chicken or chicken wings.

You can also buy pickle juice in a jug. Ain’t life great?!

I love making smash burgers on my grill and on my Griddler.

Smash burger sauce
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Smash Burger Sauce

When that jar of pickles is done, there's still wonderful flavor to be had in the juice. Save it for sauces like this!
Course Burger Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword burger sauce
Prep Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 201kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients and refrigerate for an hour before using.

Nutrition

Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 406mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Sesame Salad Dressing

My wife quickly declared this sesame salad dressing as one of her all-time favorite salad dressings. She loved the light hint of sesame oil and soy sauce, with just a touch of sweetness. A light vinegar bite and creamy mayonnaise hit all the right notes for her. It’s not a thick sauce, not at all. It’s just slightly thicker than say, Italian dressing.

Sesame Salad Dressing

Although you can try and rush this sesame salad dressing, don’t. Resist the temptation to do that. Let it rest at least 30 minutes before serving. And if you can, let it sit overnight so that the flavors get happy. And as I note in the recipe, you might want to adjust the sesame oil. Although my wife and I both are fans of sesame oil, we find that a little goes a long ways. We felt that one tablespoon was perfect for us. So, we recommend that you start with a little, taste, and add more if desired. You can always add more after it has set a while, too. You just can’t take it back out so use it sparingly if you’re like us and are a little sesame oil-shy!

Also try my creamy garlic salad dressing.

Sesame Salad Dressing
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Sesame Salad Dressing

My wife quickly declared this sesame salad dressing as one of her all-time favorites. She loved the hint of sesame oil and soy sauce, with just a touch of sweetness
Course Salad Dressing
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade salad dressing, sesame
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Calories 1130kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 1130kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 112g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 1719mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 73IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette

One of my favorite things is roasted red peppers, so I was happy to find this recipe for Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette. Of course, the roasted red pepper flavor is delicious. But the vinegar gives it a little bite, and the honey balances it all out. Sometimes my husband and I will have salad week for dinner and we will change up the salads and make a couple of dressings for the week. This dressing has become one of my favorites!

Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette

Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette is easy to make and you probably have all of the ingredients in your pantry. I used jarred roasted red peppers instead of roasting my own, but either will work.

Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette
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Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette

I used jarred roasted red peppers instead of roasting my own, but either will work.
Course Salad Dressing
Cuisine American
Keyword roasted red pepper, vinaigrette
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 104kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the peppers, garlic and vinegar into a food processor.
  • With the processor on, drizzle in the honey and oil. Process until smooth.
  • Stop and taste. Add salt and pepper as desired. Process a little longer. Serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 255mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 96IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Copycat Popeye’s Delta Dipping Sauce

Happiness is making a sauce for dipping chicken nuggets or fingers that can also be used in many, many other ways. This copycat Popeye’s Delta dipping sauce is exactly that. It’s very similar to some of the comeback sauces I’ve made or had. This Cajun-inspired dipping sauce really steps up your dipping game and them some. It also is great on po boy sandwiches. Or any sandwiches for that matter. And even hot dogs. And chicken sandwiches, too!

Copycat Popeye's Delta Dipping Sauce

I really think that a good, strong Creole mustard makes this copycat Popeye’s Delta dipping sauce something amazing. You can use any mustard you want, you don’t have to stick to the original idea at all, but in my mind there’s only one Creole mustard and it’s made by Zatarain’s. The extra kick of the Creole mustard really made for a fantastic spread on a fried shrimp po boy sandwich. Which reminds me. This sauce is also great for dipping fried shrimp or oysters!

I recently discovered Blue Plate mayonnaise, which I think is the best around. If you can’t find it locally you can pick it up online for a fair price.

Also try my copycat Popeye’s blackened Ranch dipping sauce.

Copycat Popeye's Delta Dipping Sauce
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Copycat Popeye’s Delta Dipping Sauce

Happiness is making a sauce for dipping chicken nuggets or fingers that can also be used in many, many other ways. This copycat Popeye’s Delta dipping sauce is exactly that.
Course Dipping Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword copycat, dipping sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 1 cup
Calories 1394kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate for one hour. Stir before using.

Nutrition

Calories: 1394kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 139g | Saturated Fat: 58g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 2258mg | Potassium: 581mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 935IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.