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36 Paleo Sauce Recipes Tasty Enough to Eat With a Spoon

Louise Hendon | October 27

Take a seat because you’re going to want to look at every single one of these delicious paleo sauce recipes… Whether you’re looking for homemade ketchup that’s free of preservatives and all that added sugar, or something a bit more exotic, it’s going to be on this list.

A nice sauce will complement almost any Paleo entree you can think of but, unfortunately, finding Paleo-friendly store-bought options can be as hard as finding a needle in a haystack. Every time I look at the list of ingredients on those bottles it makes me happy I’ve chosen a healthy way of eating.

That being said – I’m only human, and sometimes I crave a big spoonful of mayo on top of my vegetable fritters or something extra that can turn a weeknight chicken dinner into a special meal. A good sauce does that, and that’s why I’m making one of these tonight!

Mouthwatering Paleo Sauces For Every Occasion

Whatever you are cooking, there’s a sauce for it!

  • For barbecue dishes, choose a ketchup, some creamy mayo, or a BBQ sauce.
  • Making a salad for lunch? Turn it into a restaurant-quality dish with one of these Paleo dressings.
  • Your Paleo pasta will love a good alfredo sauce – or pesto, or marinara!
  • Choose and easy-to-make gravy or hollandaise sauce for a weeknight meal.

Some of these vinaigrettes and dressings will keep in the refrigerator for several days, so they are perfect for making ahead. If you’re in a hurry you can whip up a quick stir-fry and throw in some Paleo-friendly stir-fry sauce.

Here’s a special tip for you; you can try marinating your chicken or beef in some of these sauces and vinaigrettes for an hour, for extra flavor!

Here are just a few of the Paleo Sauce Recipes we’ve included:

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Paleo Condiments

Paleo Tomato Ketchup Recipe

– Paleo Flourish

Paleo Tomato Ketchup Recipe

Ingredients: canned diced tomatoes, dried oregano, star anise, vinegar, salt, ground black pepper.

When you look on a bottle of store-bought ketchup you will be horrified to see just how much sugar it contains, and obviously Paleo people want to avoid this, so now you can make your own ketchup which is just tomatoes and a couple of simple ingredients. This sauce goes really well with burgers for family barbecues, but it also makes a great dip for veggies sticks or Paleo chips.

Paleo Coconut Mayo Recipe

– Paleo Flourish

Paleo Coconut Mayo Recipe

Ingredients: egg yolks, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil.

Mayonnaise can be one of those things you miss out on when you are eating healthy, so now this great recipe lets you make your own to enjoy with the same foods you used to have – try it on salads, mix it with some paleo ketchup for a shrimp cocktail sauce, or turn it into ranch dressing to be served with grilled chicken – the choice is yours!

Paleo Ketchup Recipe

– Paleo Flourish

Paleo Ketchup Recipe

Ingredients: tomato paste, water, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder, gelatin powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, raw honey, cloves.

Here we have a fantastic ketchup recipe that uses a variety of spices with tomato paste to give you a smooth and delicious sauce but without the nasties you normally associate with ketchup. This sauce contains no added sugars and if stored in the refrigerator it will last for up to four weeks in an airtight container. This ketchup is compliant with the Paleo diet and can be used in the same ways as traditional ketchup.

Paleo BBQ Sauce Recipe

– Paleo Flourish

Paleo BBQ Sauce Recipe

Ingredients: tomato paste, water, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder, gelatin powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, raw honey, cloves, coconut aminos or tamari soy sauce, ghee, hot sauce.

If you are having folks round for a barbecue or a meal, what could be more impressive than serving them up a homemade sauce? So next time you are grilling, rustle up a batch of this amazing barbecue sauce and you can use it as a coating for ribs or chicken. This Paleo sauce is so tasty, thanks to the seasonings and spices, and is also a good sauce to use for Hunter’s chicken.

Simple Paleo Mayo Recipe

– Paleo Flourish

Simple Paleo Mayo Recipe

Ingredients: egg yolks, lemon juice, olive oil or coconut oil.

You’ve probably heard that making mayonnaise is very difficult, but in actual fact, if you take your time it is not hard at all! Just imagine being able to make a batch of healthy, homemade mayo any time you need it, and not having to worry about the ingredients? This mayo can be flavored, or used as it is as a base for tuna or chicken salad. I like to add some garlic powder to serve this as a dip with sweet potato wedges.

Eastern North Carolina Vinegar Barbecue Sauce

– Keto Summit

Eastern North Carolina Vinegar Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients: apple cider vinegar, paprika powder, cayenne pepper, salt, stevia.

This barbecue sauce uses vinegar as its base, so it won’t be the same as sticky, sweeter versions, but this one can be perfect to use as a marinade. This Keto and Paleo friendly recipe can be made a bit sweeter by adding in some raw honey to complement the apple cider vinegar, and it can also be spiced up if you like your barbecues sauce to have a bit of a kick.

Paleo Ballpark Yellow Mustard

– Paleo Effect

Paleo Ballpark Yellow Mustard

Photo Credit: Meghan & Angel from The Paleo Effect

Ingredients: mustard powder, water, coconut vinegar, arrowroot powder, coarse sea salt, ground turmeric, garlic powder, ground paprika, raw honey.

When you are following a specific diet for health or weight loss reasons, condiments and sauces can be a bit of a no-no, so this recipe shows you how to make healthy mustard which can be used to liven up loads of different meals! This lovely mustard can be served with burgers and hotdogs at a family barbecue, but it also makes a tangy addition to chicken salads or as a sauce for steak.

Homemade Spicy Mustard

– Detoxinista

Ingredients: yellow or white mustard seeds, brown mustard seeds, apple cider vinegar or coconut vinegar, water, fine sea salt.

Never thought of making mustard at home? Neither had I until I found this recipe! It is so easy to make and keeps for months, so you can have a supply ready whenever you need it. This mustard can be served as a condiment or turned into a sauce by watering it down with a little oil, and it tastes absolutely amazing served over pork chops or grilled chicken.

The Best Homemade BBQ Sauce

– Primally Inspired

Ingredients: canned tomato sauce, canned tomato paste, red wine vinegar, unsweetened applesauce, pure raw honey, molasses, ghee, all natural liquid hickory smoke, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, smoked paprika, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper.

We all know that barbecue sauces differ from one region to another, and most families have their own favorites, but if you are eating healthier and want to make your own then you can’t go wrong with this great recipe! This Paleo sauce is sweet, tangy and sticky enough for ribs, and can be spiced up if you need it. You can even add in liquid smoke for a traditional smoky flavor.

Paleo Marinades & Dressings

Grilled Chicken Drumsticks with Garlic Marinade

– Paleo Flourish

Grilled Chicken Drumsticks with Garlic Marinade

Ingredients: chicken drumsticks, marinade: olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, sea salt, pepper.

There is something wonderful about tucking into a good drumstick straight from the grill and these ones are no exception! Garlic is the perfect partner to serve on chicken, giving them a slightly Asian taste and the drumsticks have a slight tanginess from the lemon. These taste great on their own or served with some grilled veggies for a perfectly Paleo lunch or dinner.

Marinated Grilled Flank Steak

– Paleo Flourish

Marinated Grilled Flank Steak

Ingredients: flank steak, marinade: coconut oil or olive oil, coconut aminos, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, ginger, paprika, dried chopped onion or onion powder, salt, dried thyme, chili powder.

Using citrus in a marinade can help to tenderize the meat, allowing you to use cheaper cuts – great if you are on a budget! It also allows the flavor of the herbs and seasoning to be absorbed by the meat so the steak will taste amazing. Simply place the steak on the grill until it is cooked to your taste, then serve with grilled vegetables or a homemade low carb salsa of your choice.

Paleo Strawberry Mustard Salad Dressing Recipe [AIP, Dairy-Free]

– Paleo Flourish

Paleo Strawberry Mustard Salad Dressing Recipe [AIP, Dairy-Free]

Ingredients: strawberries, olive oil, raw honey, lemon juice.

One of the best ways to liven up a green salad is to add a condiment for extra flavor. This dressing not only adds a fruity note, but it is such a great color that it gives a great contrast to the green leaves. This recipe is sugar and dairy free and suitable for AIP with a slight adjustment, so next time you have friends over for dinner you can impress by serving this to go with their salad.

Paleo Caesar Dressing Recipe

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Paleo Caesar Dressing Recipe (2 Methods) [Keto, Dairy-Free]

Ingredients: egg yolks, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, anchovies, Dijon mustard, garlic cloves, salt, ground black pepper.

Traditional Caesar dressing usually involved some dairy products, so here is a great paleo alternative that is completely dairy free but still has all the flavor you would expect from this dressing. It is so rich and creamy that no-one will believe you didn’t use dairy! Don’t worry about using anchovies in this dish – they don’t make it taste fishy, they are only there to give the savory flavor a big boost!

Paleo Ranch Dressing Recipe

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Paleo Ranch Dressing Recipe

Ingredients: Paleo mayo, coconut milk, garlic, onion powder, fresh or dried parsley, fresh or dried dill, salt, pepper.

Unlike some store-bought ranch dressings, the things that make this one shine out are the fresh herbs! They add such a depth of flavor that this will definitely become a favorite with your family. You have the regular taste of ranch from the onion and garlic, but the fresh dill and parsley give this Paleo dressing a vibrant flavor, making it creamy but lively at the same time.

Homemade Paleo Honey Mustard Dressing Recipe

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Homemade Paleo Honey Mustard Dressing Recipe

Ingredients: Dijon mustard, raw honey, ginger powder, apple cider vinegar.

Honey and mustard dressings have been around for years, but when you look at the ingredients you will be shocked that most of them involve a ton of sugar and preservatives. So now is your chance to learn how to make a healthy, low carb version that you can easily serve to the whole family without worrying about the ingredients. If you don’t like spicy food, you can cut back on the ginger you use.

Citrus Salad Dressing

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Citrus Salad Dressing

Ingredients: lime, olive oil, orange juice, salt, pepper.

This recipe for Paleo citrus dressing must be one of the easiest recipes as it has only three main ingredients and could be mixed up in minutes! The lime and orange give any salad a zingy taste, but mixing it with the oil means it adds to the taste but doesn’t overpower it. This dressing stores well in the fridge, then you just need to shake it to wake it when you want a tangy salad dressing!

Creamy Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing

– Savory Lotus

Creamy Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing (dairy free)

Photo Credit: Katja from Savory Lotus

Ingredients: mayonnaise, olive oil, coconut milk, strawberries, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, salt, poppy seeds.

During the summer you might be craving fresh and light meals like salads, but they don’t need to be boring just because you are eating Paleo – try a delicious dressing like this one to liven things up! This strawberry dressing can be used over salad leaves, but I like to make it a bit thicker and serve it as a dip for celery and carrot sticks. This is a creamy dressing that is both low in carbs and dairy free.

Asian Stir Fry Sauce and Marinade

– Zenbelly

Ingredients: coconut aminos, freshly squeezed orange juice, garlic, ginger, honey, chili paste or Sambal Oelek (one with only chili, vinegar & salt), Red Boat Fish Sauce.

There is something really good about a stir fry with the Asian flavors of garlic, ginger, and soy that sets the taste buds tingling! Now that you are eating the Paleo way, just change things up a bit and you can still enjoy these flavors. Using coconut aminos gives you the same taste but without the extra carbs, and the fish sauce adds that umami flavor we all love.

Basil Lime Vinaigrette & Marinade

– Zenbelly

Ingredients: shallot, fresh basil leaves, lime juice, white balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, ground black pepper.

Even the ingredients in this amazing dressing scream of freshness, from the fresh aromatic basil and the zingy lime, so this would be a great summertime salad partner. It is really quick to make and will keep in the fridge for up to a week. The bright vivid color of this dressing would also make it a good one to serve on St. Patrick’s Day to go along with a Paleo salad appetizer.

Green Goddess Dressing

– Savory Lotus

Green Goddess Dressing

Photo Credit: Katja from Savory Lotus

Ingredients: avocado, tahini, olive oil, water, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, salt, garlic, toasted sesame seeds, parsley leaves, chives.

A really good green goddess dressing definitely livens up even the dullest salad and brings vibrant colors and flavors to your meal. This creamy low carb dressing uses avocado which makes the texture rich and smooth and is full of healthy fats. The dressing can be used with any type of meat or fish and also makes a lovely dip for Paleo veggie chips.

Paleo Sauces for Pasta

Paleo Basil Pesto Recipe

– Paleo Flourish

Paleo Basil Pesto Recipe

Ingredients: olive oil, pine nuts, garlic, fresh basil leaves, flat leaf parsley leaves, nutritional yeast flakes, lemon juice, salt, ground black pepper.

Pesto is one of these condiments that can add such a zing to your food and liven up a simple dish. This great Paleo recipe gives you pesto that is fresh in flavor and very aromatic because of the fresh basil, and it goes so well with salads or served with eggs for breakfast. You can also mash this up with some avocado to make a pesto guacamole for your next Mexican meal.

Garlic Oregano Olive Tapenade Recipe [Paleo, AIP, Keto]

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Garlic Oregano Olive Tapenade Recipe [Paleo, AIP, Keto]

Ingredients: pitted olives, fresh oregano leaves, garlic, extra virgin olive oil.

Here is another really impressive Paleo sauce that you can make in just minutes! This tapenade has all the tastes of the Mediterranean, with the garlic and olives, and can be used as a sauce with zucchini ‘pasta’, or served with chicken thighs to boost the flavor. My favorite way to eat this is to serve it with salmon as it makes the perfect partner with fish.

Keto Alfredo Sauce Recipe [Dairy-Free Option]

– Keto Summit

Keto Alfredo Sauce Recipe [Dairy-Free Option]

Ingredients: ghee, cauliflower, coconut cream, garlic powder, salt, pepper, parsley, bacon.

Although this alfredo sauce is rich and creamy and tastes like its regular alternatives, it is low in carbs and dairy free, making it suitable for Keto and Paleo diets. The sauce can then be used as a coating for vegetable noodles or ‘pasta’ as a filling and satisfying but healthy meal midweek. If you like to add a bit of protein you can add in some bacon or a few chunks of cooked chicken.

Keto Marinara Sauce Recipe

– Keto Summit

Keto Marinara Sauce Recipe

Ingredients: onion, olive oil, canned diced tomatoes, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper.

Sometimes healthy sauces can taste so different to traditional ones that they can put folks off, but this Keto marinara sauce is so delicious you will probably prefer it to regular ones! This sauce is rich and thick enough to use for dipping, but tastes just as good with veggie noodles or shirataki. It works well as a pizza sauce, but our favorite is to cook meatballs and add them to this for a super-tasty dinner.

Chunky Keto Spaghetti Sauce

– Keto Summit

Chunky Keto Spaghetti Sauce

Ingredients: olive oil, onion, green bell pepper, garlic, canned diced tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, salt, pepper, stevia.

Here is a really useful recipe if you are following an eating plan to help you lose weight as it is really low in carbs and calories, but serving this sauce with vegetable noodles can be filling and satisfying comfort food. This recipe is also suitable for vegetarian and vegan people and is grain and nut free, so is perfect for sleepovers when you are catering for kids!

Keto Tomato Sauce Recipe

– Keto Summit

Keto Tomato Sauce Recipe

Ingredients: olive oil, onion, garlic, tomato paste, canned diced tomatoes or fresh tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, stevia.

It doesn’t matter what type of Italian meal you are having, this tasty, low carb sauce will be your healthy go-to! It works on cauliflower pizza bases, as a sauce with vegetable noodles, or as a pour-over sauce for chicken. So, if you are having an Italian-themed dinner party you can make a big batch of this to impress your dinner guests, or use it as a ‘pizza’ sauce for your next film night.

Other Paleo Sauces

Easy Paleo Chinese Plum Sauce Recipe

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Easy Paleo Chinese Plum Sauce Recipe

Ingredients: plums, onion, garlic, white wine vinegar, coconut sugar, tamari soy sauce, ginger powder, salt.

Plum sauce is a regular feature on every Chinese menu, but it normally involves using a lot of sugar. However, you can still enjoy the flavors without breaking the Paleo rules by following this clever recipe! If you grow your own plums, this sauce is a good way to use them up, as it freezes really well. It tastes amazing served over duck breasts or with pulled pork or chops.

Olive Tapenade Recipe

– Paleo Flourish

Olive Tapenade Recipe

Ingredients: pitted black olives, parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, salt.

A good olive tapenade can be a lovely dish to serve as a dip at parties or as a condiment with chicken breast fillets. This Paleo recipe uses black olives and I recommend you use a variety like Kalamata, as it gives a depth of flavor and a good color to the tapenade. There is no cooking involved and you can have this ready in minutes, so it is best made and served immediately.

Paleo Gravy Recipe

– Paleo Flourish

Paleo Gravy Recipe

Ingredients: raw beef bones, olive oil, celery, garlic, mushrooms, ghee, onions, arrowroot powder, thyme, rosemary, salt, pepper.

Gravy can be the best accompaniment for roast meats, and is a popular side for celebration meals and Sunday dinners alike. This Paleo recipe gives you a rich and flavorful gravy that is made using only natural ingredients, and although it involves a lot of cooking time, it is definitely worth the effort, especially for special occasions. This gravy can be served smooth by blending before serving if you prefer.

Paleo Chinese Chili Oil/Sauce

– Paleo Flourish

Paleo Chinese Chili Oil Sauce

Ingredients: dried red chinese or Thai chili peppers, Szechuan peppercorns, coconut oil.

If you like a bit of heat with your Chinese meals, then this is the sauce for you! It combines chilis and peppercorns and is really easy to make and can be stored in a jar for several weeks. You can use this as a Paleo dipping sauce for meats and vegetables, or add it as a sauce for a stir fry to give it a bit of a kick. If you just want to flavor the oil, you can strain this mixture after cooking and store it in a jar.

Keto Coconut Dijon Sauce Recipe [Perfect For Slathering On Chicken]

– Keto Summit

Keto Coconut Dijon Sauce Recipe [Perfect For Slathering On Chicken]

Ingredients: ghee, mustard, chicken broth, coconut butter or manna, salt, pepper.

Sauces and condiments can make a meal, as they can add flavor and texture and can boost the flavor of the meats or fish, and this Dijon sauce is no exception. Tis tastes so good with chicken, but it also makes a great partner with salmon or tuna as the coconut flavor enhances the taste of the fish. Don’t worry if the sauce looks split – it just needs a quick mix before serving!

Keto Hollandaise Sauce Recipe

– Keto Summit

Keto Hollandaise Sauce Recipe

Ingredients: egg yolks, lemon juice, ghee, salt, pepper.

This is an easy recipe that you can use to make a basic, but really tasty Hollandaise sauce that you can adapt to suit your taste. This sauce is traditionally served with eggs in an eggs Benedict, but it can also be served with vegetables like asparagus for a really impressive side. This recipe is typically Keto as it is low in carbohydrates but relatively high in healthy fats.

Flavorful Keto Stir-Fry Sauce with Bone Broth

– Keto Summit

Flavorful Keto Stir-Fry Sauce with Bone Broth

Ingredients: coconut aminos or gluten-free tamari sauce, chicken broth or bone broth, sesame oil, apple cider vinegar, fresh ginger or ginger powder, fresh garlic or garlic powder, stevia.

In this delicious Keto recipe, the bone broth adds a lovely savory note to the flavor of the sauce, making it a great one to use in stir fries. The vinegar adds a tanginess and the Stevia lends just enough sweetness to offset it. This sauce is very low in carbs and calories, making it a good one for those of us who are watching our weight, and stir fries can be filling and delicious meals to make midweek when you don’t have much time to cook.

Spicy Peanut-Butter Keto Stir Fry Sauce

– Keto Summit

Spicy “Peanut” Butter Keto Stir-fry Sauce

Ingredients: coconut aminos or gluten-free tamari sauce, almond butter or peanut butter, hot sauce.

If you like a bit of spice in your stir fries then this spicy sauce is for you! This is a Keto-friendly recipe, very low in carbs but full of flavor, and the taste goes well with pork, chicken or shrimp. You can even use this as a marinade for chicken satay, then cook the skewers on the grill for a delicious meal with cauliflower rice or veggie noodles. This can also be used to add flavor to sautéed vegetables.

Easy Asian Keto Stir-Fry Sauce

– Keto Summit

Easy Asian Keto Stir-Fry Sauce

Ingredients: coconut aminos or gluten-free tamari sauce, sesame oil, ginger powder, onion powder, dried minced garlic.

When you have had a busy day and you don’t have time to stand at the stove for ages, stir fries can really come in handy to feed a hungry family, and this really easy sauce can give you all the flavor you need! This is a Paleo and Keto-friendly recipe that gives you a sauce you can make ahead of time for even quicker meals, and it works well with any meat or fish.

Keto Burger Sauce

– Keto Summit

Keto Burger Sauce

Ingredients: keto mayo, tomato paste, yellow mustard.

Whether you are eating Paleo or Keto for health reasons or just to be more aware of good food, creamy sauces can be a thing to avoid, so here is a really good recipe for a basic burger sauce that you can use for barbecues, or make it your own to serve with other dishes. For example, add in a little garlic and some fresh dill for a great sauce to serve with salmon!