Whether you’re using pork, beef ribs, lamb, or chicken on your skewers, these 17 best sauces for kabobs are sure to elevate the dish even more!
Kabobs (or skewers) are grilled meats that are placed on wooden or steel skewers.
They’re believed to be originated specifically in Persia (modern Iraq), where tribesmen used their swords to skewer meat (lamb or mutton) over an open fire, an ancient cooking preparation known as şiş (Shish).
They have a rich history, and there’s no doubt that this recipe is a true gem!
Kabobs are already the kind of food that feels like a gift from paradise but pair it with some of the best sauces; your mind will be blown!
These 17 sauces for kabobs are bound to make your kabob experience even more special.
Kabobs are versatile, which means that they can work with a variety of sauces.
The best thing about these sauces is that you can make them right in your home.
If you want to achieve the classic kabob sauce taste, check out the Garlic Sauce and Chili Sauce.
#7 is a unique sauce that surprisingly works well with a wide variety of kabobs.
Let’s dip in!
1. Garlic Sauce
This classic Garlic Sauce is already a staple when eating kabobs.
If there’s one thing that’s constant with kabobs, regardless of their variation, it’s the garlic sauce.
If you’ve ever eaten a kabob, you know that this is the sauce that always goes with it.
This recipe is a classic– and you can do it on your own!
It’s creamy and garlicky, just right for your favorite classic kabob recipe.
It’s even easy to make, with only 7 ingredients and 2 easy steps.
2. Tahini Sauce
Tahini is a smooth and nutty paste that’s usually found in hummus, and it’s the star of this sauce.
This recipe only needs you to whisk together all the ingredients until the ingredients have come together and are smooth enough to be a sauce.
This sauce has a tinge of bitterness that is evened out by the nutty and earthy flavor of the main ingredient.
3. Chili Sauce
If you’re aiming for a more authentic kabob experience, this Chili Sauce recipe should do the trick.
This sauce is usually paired with the classic garlic sauce, but this one can definitely stand on its own.
This recipe is also a classic when it comes to sauces for kabobs.
This one is tomato based, but the spicy kick is definitely there.
Like many other classic sauces for kabobs, this one is easy to remake, so bring out those ingredients.
Pro tip: Adding some freshly chopped mints can enhance the flavor.
This Greek Tzatziki Sauce is creamy and fresh, and it works well with almost any kind of dish, which means that you can do this even if you’re not eating kabobs.
However, when this is paired with kabobs, it becomes extra special because the tastes blend perfectly well.
It can be tricky to make this sauce because you don’t want the cucumber to make it too runny.
However, once you get the trick of making the sauce thick, it’s something that will become a staple for you.
This chicken kabob recipe features a great recipe for spicy peanut sauce that you just have to have when you’re eating kabobs.
The great thing about this Spicy Peanut Sauce is that it’s not too spicy that it takes away too much from the main dish, but it’s got enough kick to make your food more appetizing.
You can actually make this sauce recipe more interesting by using a different hot sauce, depending on your preference.
This Red Pepper Dipping Sauce is meant for those feeling more adventurous with their kabobs.
Classic kabob sauces sometimes won’t cut it because it doesn’t have that extra spicy kick that makes everything more appetizing.
However, this sauce solves that problem!
This sauce involves quite a number of ingredients, but they all contribute to the overall flavor of the sauce.
It’s definitely a standout among other common kabob sauces.
This Mustard Aioli Sauce is another versatile sauce that works for a number of dishes,
Many are familiar with this sauce, but because of its flexible and versatile nature, not everyone has thought of using it for kabobs.
Surprisingly, it does wonders for a kabob’s taste.
It uses only common ingredients that you most likely already have in your pantry, but the end result is a delicious dip that will make your kabobs more flavorful than it already is.
8. Ginger Sauce
This Ginger Sauce is different from many traditional sauces kabob sauces because it’s not creamy.
Despite not being as creamy as other sauces, it manages to be one of the standout sauce flavors.
It has that umami flavor that’s commonly found in Japanese dishes and sauces; however, this surprisingly works well with kabobs.
It’s delicious on everything and can heighten the meaty taste of kabobs.
This Green Goddess Sauce is a herby sauce that perfectly complements kabobs’ rich and meaty taste.
This sauce recipe requires a handful of ingredients, but the end result is something that you will not forget.
This sauce recipe comes with the recipe for Kofta Kabob, a kind of kebab dish that works best with the Green Goddess Sauce.
This kabob sauce uses yogurt as a base (which is common for many kabob sauces), but instead of the typical garlicky taste alongside it, this sauce features the mild, onion-like taste of chives.
All this recipe needs you to do is whisk together all the ingredients, and you have this unique twist to a classic kabob sauce.
This sauce is a great twist to the classic kabob sauce: tzatziki sauce.
It’s much like the usual tzatziki sauce that is paired with kabobs, but it has that very mild nutty flavor of avocado.
Although it’s meant for salads, pitas, and appetizers, kabobs are also a great dish to partner with this sauce.
This works well with kabobs because it still has that creamy texture and yogurt base that is common in kabob sauces.
This beef kabobs recipe features a great recipe for an uncommon kabob sauce, horseradish sauce.
This horseradish, although uncommon, is actually very easy to make.
You can whip this up by putting all the 3 ingredients in a bowl and whisking them together.
Very simple and delicious, so you shouldn’t think twice about making this sauce.
13. Herb Sauce
This chicken kabob recipe is accompanied by a herb sauce recipe that truly elevates the flavor of the chicken kabobs.
The herb sauce has the perfect minty blend of cilantro and mint, and it’s as creamy and rich as your usual kabob sauces.
For a better experience, drizzle this sauce on top of your kabobs!
The tangy taste of this chimichurri sauce is a good pair with kabobs’ meaty and juicy flavor.
Although the Chimichurri Sauce is a traditional South American sauce, it works well with a variety of chicken and fish dishes, which are common meats for kabobs.
This is very simple to make!
You just have to stir and stir the ingredients thoroughly until you create a well-mixed sauce.
Remember that you have to stir thoroughly because this sauce is oil-based, so the ingredients will not mix as easily.
16. Garlic Mayo
Many sauces for kabobs are yogurt-based, and this Garlic Mayo dip or sauce is no different.
Garlic mayo sauce is more commonly used for french fries, but this refreshing dip can add a touch of flavor to the juicy texture of kabobs.
Unlike other kabob sauces, you can do this sauce in advance, and the taste will still be as delicious as if you’ve just made it.
With only 6 ingredients that almost anyone already has in their kitchen, you can create your own garlic mayo sauce to pair with your favorite kabob variation.
17. Sesame Sauce
It’s no secret that a creamy sauce is a great sauce for kabobs.
This lamb kabob recipe comes with a delicious and creamy sesame sauce recipe that you will want to create over and over again.
This Sesame Sauce only has a handful of ingredients that are already common with other kabob sauces (which means you can make other sauces with these ingredients!).
Stirring all these ingredients will give you a sesame sauce with a thick and creamy texture, perfect for any kabob of your choice.
The bottom line
Kabobs can stand on their own, but without the elevating flavor of a delicious sauce, they can feel very lacking.
These sauces are so effortless to create that you’ll enjoy making more and more (and even for other dishes).
You can even make them from scratch even without going out to buy ingredients because you most definitely already have most of the ingredients.
So if you want to level up your kabob game, make sure to try these sauces.
And don’t be afraid to make a large batch!
- Garlic Sauce
- Tahini Sauce
- Chili Sauce
- Greek Tzatziki Sauce
- Spicy Peanut Sauce
- Red Pepper Dipping Sauce
- Grainy Mustard Aioli Sauce
- Ginger Sauce
- Green Goddess Sauce
- Creamy Chive Sauce
- Avocado Tzatziki Sauce
- Horseradish Sauce
- Herb Sauce
- Mint Yogurt Sauce
- Chimichurri Sauce
- Garlic Mayo
- Sesame Sauce
- Pick one or more options from our list of Sauces for Kabobs here!
- Start creating your new favorite sauce.
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