Think of condiments and you probably jump to the classics: ketchup, mustard and mayo. But the world of condiments reaches much further than what you typically put on a hot dog. Consider options like sambal oelek, a tangy, coarse chile sauce; neonata, an Italian spread made from infant fish; ssämjang, a spicy Korean paste; or ajvar, a garlicky Serbian red pepper relish. The culinary world has come up with many ways to instantly add heat, tanginess, sweetness and more to any food. F&W's guide to condiments takes you on a global taste journey with recipes from every corner of the world-and an ever-expanding list of new favorites.

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Meyer Lemon Curd

This simple, classic, easy-to-whip-up lemon curd is a bright foil for rich buttercream in Sasha Piligian's Lemon Chiffon Cake with Blueberry-Coriander Buttercream. Regular lemons can be used in place of Meyer lemons.

Blueberry-Coriander Jam

Toasting coriander seeds before grinding them enhances their earthy, lemony flavor, adding dimension to this homemade berry jam. Use it as a sensational breakfast spread, or do as Sasha Piligian does, and work it into the buttercream frosting for a stunning Lemon Chiffon Cake with Blueberry-Coriander Buttercream.

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This toasty, rich sauce from Maydān restaurant comes together quickly in a blender. Use it on salads, vegetables, and chicken, or to top Slow-Grilled Cauliflower with Tahina and Zhough.

Zhough Sauce

Fresh parsley and cilantro combine with mildly spicy serrano chiles and garlic to make this speedy, flavor-packed sauce from Maydān restaurant. Use this versatile, herb-packed condiment to top Slow-Grilled Cauliflower with Tahina and Zhough.

Mezcal Vanilla Extract

Rating: 5 stars

When most home cooks get the notion to make their own vanilla extract, they typically use vodka because of its neutral flavor. But extract can be made by infusing vanilla pods in many spirits. Here, Jamila Robinson takes mezcal, which pairs beautifully with sweets like chocolate tamales or chewy caramels, and which is a favorite component of cocktails made with vanilla and honey, to make a smoky vanilla extract. Mezcal is an especially good match for vanilla beans from Mexico and Madagascar, which also have a smoky flavor profile.