3-Ingredient Recipe: Magic Summer Sauce

3-Ingredient Recipe: Magic Summer Sauce

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Faith Durand
Aug 4, 2018
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman | Kitchn)

A perfect meal, this time of summer, is one that seems to fly out of the refrigerator and onto your plate, with nothing but a brief stop at the grill (or grill pan). A seared steak, crusted with pepper, or a smoky hunk of eggplant straight from the garden with a salad to keep them company. This is easy living, people.

But what if you want just a touch more to your meal? Get fancy — how about a sauce? I stumbled accidentally onto the easiest and punchiest sauce recently — a magic blend of three ingredients that spices up everything from the grill — steak, chicken, burgers, a pile of vegetables. Zero cooking required. Just mix and drizzle. Want to see what's in my magic sauce?

With just three ingredients, this falls firmly in the tongue-in-cheek category of "recipes." The magic three? Yogurt, Dijon mustard, and Sriracha. The yogurt gives creaminess and a little tang; the mustard adds depth and some bitterness (I prefer a mustard that also has a touch of sweetness); Sriracha for spice, of course. You really could use any hot sauce.

I stumbled across this when making a steak for myself and my husband. I whipped together these three things and voilà — it was delicious. Super punchy, a little creamy, cold and spicy. I use this all the time as a last-minute dip or sauce for grilled or fresh vegetables, and to spice up a simple chicken breast.

From me to you, magic sauce. Don't make cooking this summer any harder than it needs to be.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman | Kitchn)

Tester's Notes

With grilled meat and veggies on repeat through the summer months, I constantly find myself craving something that just jazzes them up slightly. Now I have this creamy 3-ingredient sauce in my back pocket. It's the kind of thing that made me wonder why I hadn't thought of it myself — I always have the ingredients in my fridge anyway, I just never considered combining them. While the original recipe called for Sriracha sauce, I love the extra heat and flavor that chili garlic sauce brings, so I added that as an alternative if you happen to have it on hand.

- Sheela, July 2018

Magic Summer Sauce

Makes about 1 cup

  • 1 cup

    plain yogurt

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons

    Dijon mustard

  • 1 to 2 teaspoons

    Sriracha or Asian chili-garlic sauce

Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 1 week.

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