Enjoying a good steak is one of life’s simplest but most immense pleasures. Steak is famous for its rich and intense flavor as well as its fulfilling nature that makes it incredibly indulgent no matter how you choose to have it.
And while it can be great to enjoy a decadent steak at a Michelin star restaurant, you can also just as easily cook up one of your own, to exactly the specifications you like best.
As well as this, at home, you can also choose the perfect sauce to accompany your steak, to make it taste even better!
But there’s more than just A1 steak sauce out there! There are so many exciting steak sauces across the internet that you can make yourself that will pair perfectly with steaks of any type!
Why don’t we dive right in, and take a look at 20 of our very favorite steak sauce recipes that you can make at home? Read on below to begin!
There are few sauces, save for A1 sauce, that are quite so iconic when paired with a delicious steak than peppercorn sauce (see also ‘Top 16 Best Steak Sauce Brands‘).
Peppercorn sauce helps to easily give any steak a fiery edge, and a delightful warmth that makes it taste all the better!
This recipe is our absolute favorite when it comes to this iconic sauce.
It has a perfect amount of pepper to have the taste you expect but also has a rich creaminess that makes it taste incredibly indulgent, while also making your steak taste fancier!
This particular sauce is not only totally perfect for rich steaks, but is also fantastic for countless other foods too!
This sauce is incredibly luxurious, and it takes full advantage of the inherent flavor of mushrooms to create a sauce that you’ll want to totally drench your steak in!
The sauce also contains plenty of whole mushroom slices that absorb some of the flavors from the sauce and add an extra textural element that improves the experience of your steak.
Wow. Gremolata adds a whole different dimension to a steak. Unlike most common steak sauces, gremolata has an intensely zesty flavor complemented by the various Italian herbs mixed in, alongside plenty of olive oil.
While also making your steak taste incredibly fancy, this sauce will also give it an extra level of flavor thanks to its intense sweetness.
We really loved how this sauce came out, and we just know you’ll love it just as much!
Blue cheese sauce is definitely one of the most bold-tasting options on this list, but this helps to give it a slight edge that makes it even more exciting!
Blue cheese is noted for having a very sharp and slightly tangy taste that really gets your taste buds going.
It’s a very exciting flavor and one that pairs perfectly with the full-bodied and meaty tastes of a good steak.
This sauce employs the intensely warming flavor of whisky to create a sauce that is rather sharp and exciting but also has a very deep and warm combination of hidden flavors that slowly reveal themselves as you bite into your steak.
This sauce pairs perfectly with absolutely any meaty dish, making it a very versatile option.
There are few things out there that seem like they were made to be paired with steak, but red wine sauce most definitely does!
This awesome recipe will show you how to create a perfect red wine sauce that is full of complex flavors and has a slight bitterness that melds effortlessly with the meaty flavors of the steak.
This particular sauce pairs perfectly with steaks that are still slightly rare.
Various herbs, a massive helping of garlic, and plenty of creamy butter help to make this delightful sauce that will pair perfectly with beef in any form but becomes particularly amazing when paired with steak.
This is one of the most simple recipes on this list, but this by no means suggests that it is a lesser recipe, garlic and butter pair together to create a creamy treat that can be lovingly drenched over the top of your favorite steak.
It’s time for another tangy sauce that is packed full of herbs, and pairs perfectly with steaks of all types.
This particular steak sauce makes use of oregano, parsley, and plenty of cilantro, which is then mixed with a large helping of red wine vinegar, which helps to give it a very sharp flavor, complemented by the complexity of red wine!
Caramelized onion has a delightful sense of sweetness that is paired with a subtle savory hint that makes itself obvious as this sauce spreads through your mouth.
We loved how effortlessly this sauce melded with our steaks, and the flavors it managed to draw out of the steaks.
Best of all, this sauce was surprisingly easy to make, which allowed us to quickly prepare it and then drizzle it right over our meal!
Black bean sauce is perfect if you want to infuse your steak with a flavor that is totally unique, and that has a great flair.
This Asian-inspired recipe will help you to create a sauce that is totally unlike anything else on this list and is easily one of the most heartwarming flavors around. The way this sauce tastes on steak is totally incredible.
Teriyaki is one of the most versatile sauces in the world, as proven by its many applications across Japanese cuisine.
Teriyaki can be used as a marinade, as a sauce, and even as a dip, alongside countless meats, and even countless vegetables and other ingredients.
However, easily one of the best pairings is teriyaki sauce and steak. The slight sweetness of teriyaki and its slightly sour hints help to make any steak a flavor sensation.
This butter-based sauce is not only incredibly creamy and indulgent but actually contains some very exciting hidden depths. It’s rather zesty and some of the hidden flavors only make themselves clear with time as you bite into your steak.
This sauce has been a favorite amongst steak lovers for generations!
Salsa verde is an intensely green-colored sauce that is just as easy to pair with vegetables as it is meat.
This sauce is incredibly rich and vibrant and is perfect if you want a steak sauce that is perfect for the Summer months. The various herbs, gherkins, and red wine vinegar that help to make this sauce a reality combine together effortlessly.
You’ll totally love the way that this sauce tastes once you have drizzled it over some steaks of your own. It will quickly become a new favorite!
If you want to experience a steak sauce that tastes impossibly fancy, then we implore you to try out this bearnaise sauce recipe that will prove to be one of the most amazing things you have ever tasted.
This recipe requires a little bit of effort and is on the slightly more challenging side, but its iconic French flavors are worth every second!
This sauce may look rather similar to a standard mushroom sauce, but the hidden flavors deep within the sauce prove that this sauce is one of the most unique on this list!
Ingredients like Worcestershire sauce, dijon mustard, and brandy help to make this sauce taste completely unlike any sauce you’ve ever tasted before.
We were stunned at how well the various ingredients came together, and the flavors and sensations they created.
Arby’s famous Horsey Sauce is renowned for its deeply warming and intense flavors, thanks to its combination of horseradish and mayonnaise.
But if you don’t have time to head down to Arby’s to grab some of the sauce, what else can you do?
If you want to create your own Horsey Sauce that you can drape over a steak, then you simply have to try out this recipe. It tastes exactly like the stuff you find in Arby’s restaurants, however, we’d argue it actually tastes just a little bit better!
This sauce could not possibly have a more apt name. It is totally awesome and incredibly mind-blowing. We almost couldn’t believe just how good it ended up tasting, especially when combined with freshly cooked steaks.
Paprika, chives, mustard, and soy sauce are just a small few of the ingredients used in this recipe, and though they may initially seem totally incompatible, they somehow combine together to create the sauce of our dreams.
It’s perfect for dipping, or for pouring straight onto your steaks!
It’s a simple sauce, but it is just so incredible, and it has become popular around the world for a very good reason!
BBQ sauce is known for its smoky flavor, and this recipe will show you how to create a BBQ sauce that totally puts all other BBQ sauces to shame.
We loved how amazingly smokey this sauce tasted, and how well that smokiness worked alongside steak.
This is a perfect recipe if you are looking for a steak sauce that is slightly thinner, and that will soak right into your steak meat.
The inclusion of red wine in this recipe gives it an air of maturity and a slight bitterness that works perfectly with the full-bodied meaty flavors of the steak.
This recipe is also perfect if you need a last-minute sauce because it is very easy to make, and only requires a few basic ingredients that you likely already have lying about in your pantry!
Let’s close off this list with a recipe that makes use of an oft-overlooked ingredient: shallots! Shallots are truly what make this red wine sauce work so well because they help to add an extra dimension of flavor that delights your tongue.
The shallots are also slightly earthy in taste, which helps to give your steaks a more natural taste. Earthy tones actually blend surprisingly well with meaty flavors, making this a totally perfect fit for this list.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do You Need Steak Sauce For Steak?
No steak technically requires a sauce in order to taste good, as a good steak should be able to stand on its own. However, there are countless amazing sauces that pair perfectly with steak.
You also do not need steak sauce specifically, though you should aim to use a sauce that has flavors that pair well with steak, for the best flavor experience.
Is Worcestershire Sauce For Steak?
Though Worcestershire sauce is not designed specifically for steak alone, it actually pairs incredibly well with steak! Leaving a steak to marinade in the sauce for some time before cooking can create a very unique and deeply satisfying flavor.
The sauce can also be poured directly onto a cooked steak, and the flavor will match effortlessly.
How Long Should I Marinate A Steak?
The exact length of time that you should allow a steak to marinate can depend entirely on how intense you want the flavor to be.
You could allow a steak to marinate for only 30 minutes, or you could allow it to marinate for upwards of 8 hours, which will lead to a much more intense flavor profile.