20 Delicious Sauces to Serve with Lamb

updated Mar 18, 2024
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A roasted leg of lamb cut on a platter with a mint dipping sauce
Credit: Joe Lingeman

In the past, I’ve reserved lamb for special occasions. While roasted leg of lamb is absolutely worthy of such, pan-seared lamb chops, lamb burgers, or lamb meatballs deserve to be everyday affairs. They are just as easy to cook as pork, chicken, or beef, but come with a rich and savory flavor that can’t be beat.

While lamb is great on its own, it’s even better served with a sauce — be it creamy or herby. It’s a simple way to customize your homemade lamb dinner and truly make it your own. Plus, if you happen to make extra sauce, most of them will keep well in the fridge for days and will pair with other proteins. Many are perfect served over just about any cooked vegetable, too, and can even double as a sandwich spread. So, I say, give lamb a try — and pair it with one of these 20 tasty sauces.

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Chimichurri Sauce

The classic herb sauce can be spooned over cooked lamb or used as a marinade before it hits the flame. Lamb loves oregano and fresh mint, but use the recipe as a guide, adding whatever fresh, green herbs you have on hand.

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Béarnaise Sauce

A derivative of Hollandaise sauce, Béarnaise ups the ante by adding shallots simmered in white wine vinegar, fresh cracked black pepper, and tarragon. Serve with rack of lamb and steamed asparagus for a special dinner the whole family will love.

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Fresh Herb Sauce

This super-quick blender sauce with fresh parsley, fresh mint, chives, garlic, and lemon juice is served with our favorite grilled lamb chops.

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Peppercorn Sauce

This spicy, slightly smoky, cream pan sauce is made from beef stock, peppercorns, shallots, brandy, and cream. Pair it with pan-seared lamb chops and garlic green beans for a hearty and flavorful dinner.

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Creamy Whipped Feta Dip

This flavorful feta dip is fantastic as a lamb burger spread and with homemade pita chips for dipping.

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Garlic Scape Pesto

Pair this easy and flavorful garlic scape pesto with everything, from pasta to roasted vegetables and grilled lamb.

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Tzatziki Sauce

Thick and creamy Greek yogurt is the base for this cool and creamy sauce. Fresh dill, mint, garlic, and cucumber make this the sauce that's just right for spreading over a lamb burger, dolloping on a gyro, or dipping slices of rosy roasted lamb in.

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Creamy Horseradish Sauce

This horseradish sauce packs a bite – and only takes 20 minutes to make. Pair it with grilled lamb chops or rack of lamb for a restaurant-worthy meal.

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Garlicky Skordalia

Skordalia is a Greek dip that consists of a good deal of garlic paste, olive oil, and lemon juice that is thickened by puréed potatoes. It pairs well with grilled lamb chops and Greek lemon potatoes.

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Toum (Lebanese Garlic Sauce)

Think of Toum as a heavenly garlic aioli without the egg. In Middle Eastern cuisine, toum is traditionally served as an accompaniment to grilled lamb kebabs, but you can use it for much more than that.

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3-Ingredient Green Tahini Sauce

You can pull it together with whatever fresh herbs you happen to have handy, with a single herb or a combination of several. Try a blend of basil, fresh mint, and parsley, for a sauce that’s a little cool, a little sweet, and a little peppery. Drizzle it over lamb meatballs tucked into warm pita bread.

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1-Minute Romesco Sauce

This 3-ingredient version of classic romesco sauce makes grilled lamb and roasted lamb sing.

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Garlic Butter Sauce

Garlic and butter are a classic pairing for a reason, and these familiar flavors can help you get comfortable with the idea of adding lamb to the dinner queue. Try our 20-Minute Garlic Butter Lamb Chops, which are seared until golden and seasoned with a garlicky butter sauce.

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3-Ingredient Lemon Tahini Sauce

This maple-sweetened, lemon-flavored tahini sauce is perfect to drizzle on everything from lamb meatballs to grilled lamb kebabs.

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Bordelaise Sauce

Hailing come the French region of Bordeaux comes a quintessential red wine sauce made with dry red wine and infused with shallots and herbs. It’s infused with shallots and herbs and is a match made in heaven for rack of lamb.

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Easy Pan Sauce

Pan-seared lamb chops are one of life's little luxuries. Give them the finishing touch they deserve with an easy pan sauce. A splash of wine, a spoonful of mustard, a knob of butter, and a sprinkling of fresh herbs go a long way in making lamb feel even more special.

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Lemon Butter Sauce

With lemon butter sauce in the repertoire, your lamb dinner will never be lacking in flavor. This easy10-minute sauce only calls for 6 ingredients.

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Creamy Dill Dipping Sauce

This 3-ingredient sauce (plus salt and pepper) is made with mayonnaise, fresh dill, and lemon juice. It's perfect for dipping lamb meatballs or serving alongside slices of a roasted leg of lamb.

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Whole Lemon Pesto with Walnuts and Pecorino

This whole lemon pesto is incredibly versatile: spread it onto a lamb burger, melt it over fish, massage it into ribboned kale, or toss it with cooked grains or pasta.

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Mushroom Sauce

The secret to making pan-seared lamb chops taste like it's from a fancy restaurant.

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