10 Sauces to Serve with Grilled Steak

Try serving your next grilled steak with one of these flavorful sauces.

Rib Eye and Radishes in Bagna Cauda Butter
Photo: © Con Poulos

Grilled steak has so much personality, it doesn't need much dressing up. But if you want to wow your guests (or just your own taste buds), try serving it with one of these flavorful sauces.


Chimichurri Sauce
© Hector Sanchez

This tangy herb sauce is what you find on the table all over Argentina. Made from just a few pantry ingredients plus two kinds of fresh herbs — parsley and oregano — this recipe comes together quickly in the food processor.


Lamb Leg Steak with Pistachio Gremolata and Marsala Onions
Victor Protasio

If you want the bright herbs without as much tang as salsa verde, make gremolata, which is more like a garnish than a sauce. At Tavernetta in Denver, chef Ian Wortham makes this rustic sauce of sweet toasted pistachios, garlic, and parsley to top a grilled lamb steak.

Shallot Dressing

Grilled Steak with Warm Shallot Vinaigrette
© Matt Armendariz

Think of this warm shallot vinaigrette as a grown-up take on steak with onion rings. Grace Parisi blends the shallots with vinegar, mustard and parsley, then drizzles the warm dressing over steak.

Compound Butter

Rib Eye and Radishes in Bagna Cauda Butter
© Con Poulos

If you believe in piling decadence over decadence, top your steak with flavored butter, like one blended with Cognac and parsley, or something more pungent, like anchovies and garlic. The trick is basting it with garlicky anchovy butter while it roasts.


Lemon-Caper Aioli
© John Kernick

Provençal-style garlicky mayonnaise is a great choice with steak. You can make a cheater version with store-bought mayo, lemon, and garlic or pound it out Luddite-style with a mortar and pestle and blend it with a whisk.

Poblano Sauce

Grilled Skirt Steak with Poblano-Corn Sauce and Salsa
© Con Poulos

When grilled or roasted, poblanos have a fruity, smoky flavor that's terrific with steak. To make an extra-rich sauce, blend poblanos into aïoli or puree the peppers with corn for a Southwestern-inspired accompaniment.

Mole Sauce

Grilled Steaks with Ancho Mole Sauce
© John Kernick

With smoky dried red chiles, sweet spices, and chocolate, a riff on Mexican-style mole is a tasty choice to brush over grilled steak.

Onion Sauce

Grilled Steaks with Onion Sauce and Onion Relish. Photo © David Malosh
© David Malosh

Steak and caramelized onion is a classic combo; why not try an onion sauce? Here, red onions are cooked with jalapeño until they're meltingly tender, then pureed with red wine vinegar for a tangy steak topper.

Jeow Som

Smoke Grilled Tri Tips with Jeow Som Dipping Sauce
Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer and John Somerall / Prop Styling by Audrey Davis

This sweet, sour, and pungent Laotian dipping sauce gets a kick of heat from Thai chiles, ginger, and garlic balanced by bright, fresh lime juice.

Fruit Salsa

Grilled Skirt Steak with Fruit-and-Green-Tomato Salsa
© John Kernick

Serve grilled steak with a sweet-tangy-hot salsa using in-season fruit, like black plums and cherries or peaches and mangoes in the summer. Try pear, cranberries or figs in the fall.

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