A good steak sandwich is quite the treat, isn’t it? But what’s the best sauce to serve it with? That is the multi-million dollar question. Lucky for you, I have some answers. While I won’t say which sauce is the best sauce (your tastebuds may vary from mine), I have listed the top sauces for steak sandwiches.
So, what are the best sauces for steak sandwiches? Mayo-based, creamy sauces are really popular for steak sandwiches. Classic aioli, mustard mayo sauce, wasabi mayo sauce, horseradish mayo sauce, and Worcestershire mayo sauce are all great options. Chimichurri or a cheese sauce is also tasty alternativesfor your steak sandwich!
Now, let’s explore the recommendations above in greater detail, add some other tips, and also go into what sauces you want to avoid for your steak sandwich!
The Best Sauces For Steak Sandwiches
There isn’t a garlic lover who doesn’t also love aioli, is there? Well, maybe a mayo hater…
Aioli is an incredibly versatile sauce, and all you need is some mayo and aioli! Of course, “some mayo” is rather tricky if you make it yourself, but today you can obviously find it on the shelf of any well-stocked grocery store or supermarket. You’ll even find vegan versions.
Some like to add a pinch of salt to their aioli.
Others, add lemon juice. Some like a pinch of brown sugar, or honey.
Some will add pepper. Whatever floats your boat!
If you are, perhaps not a mayo hater, but someone who finds mayo a tad too “fatty,” then you might want to use half mayo, half Greek yogurt.
Technically, the yogurt doesn’t have to be of the Greek variety, just thick and creamy (last time I checked, Trader Joe’s had a brilliant European yogurt).
Note: some vegan yogurts may not work great when using them for cold sauces, so check the flavor beforehand if you’re looking for a vegan option.
If you love chili peppers and aioli, why not combine them?
Chop up some jalapeño peppers (the kind you buy in a jar, not the raw version!) and add them to your aioli, or pour in some hot sauce.
Want that smoky BBQ flavor? Opt for chipotle sauce. It goes really well with steak!
Worcestershire Mayo Sauce
Like most mayo-based sauces, this is a ridiculously easy sauce to make.
It’s also ridiculously creamy and delicious.
All you need to make this sauce is mayo, Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, and some mustard.
Combine it all in a bowl, and it’s ready to spread on your steak sandwich! Yum!
A sauce like this can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for at least a couple of days–all the mayo-based sauces on this list can.
If you, like me, are a horseradish addict, you might want to make some horseradish mayo for your next steak sandwich.
It’s a sauce with a kick, but a different kind of kick from your regular hot sauce. It’s got a very “fresh” flavor, if you can put it that way (which I just did, so surely you can).
This sauce calls for mayo, horseradish, chives, salt, and pepper. If you don’t like chives, omit them.
Add some honey if you want to round out the taste.
You can find the original recipe here.
As mentioned above, you can use half mayo, and half yogurt (the creamy variety, such as Greek yogurt) if you aren’t a fan of too much mayo.
Wasabi Cream Sauce
Want a whole other kind of hot? Try some wasabi cream sauce!
Not your traditional steak sandwich sauce, but definitively delicious!
For the sauce, you’ll need mayo, sour cream, wasabi, grated/minced garlic, salt, and pepper.
You can also add cilantro if you like that herb (it’s a hereditary thing whether you do or you don’t!).
And if you want to round out the flavors, add a touch of honey.
The original recipe can be found here.
Of course, you could make this sauce with only wasabi, mayo, and sour cream. You don’t really need the other ingredients to create a wasabi cream sauce.
You just need to follow your taste buds!
Another sauce that isn’t your traditional steak sandwich sauce is chimichurri sauce.
However, it is traditionally served with grilled meat in both Argentina and Uruguay, so it can be seen as a traditional steak sauce, at least.
If you love fresh salsas, chimichurri is an excellent option for your steak sandwich.
It’s certainly healthier than some of the other sauces on this list!
When it comes to herbs, you need fresh parsley, cilantro, and oregano.
You’ll also need green onions, lemon zest, minced garlic, salt, red wine vinegar, and olive oil.
If you don’t have a food processor, it will take a while to cut, mince, etc. but it’s still not a complicated sauce to put together.
What about some good old mustard sauce? There’s a reason mustard is so popular when serving meat!
To make a mustard sauce for your steak sandwich, you’ll need sour cream, mayo, Dijon mustard, whole grain mustard, garlic, salt, and cayenne pepper.
The garlic and cayenne pepper are optional. As always, you can add a tad of honey, if you like.
A cheese sauce is never wrong when serving a steak sandwich, is it?
To make a Provolone cheese sauce, you’ll need Provolone cheese, flour, butter (or bacon fat or vegetable oil), milk, salt, and pepper.
You make a roux, add the milk, cook it for a while and then the grated cheese, and that’s about it.
If you want to make a cheddar cheese sauce instead, use cheddar cheese. You could use some milder cheese, too, if you prefer.
Go with whatever cheese you love, so long as it melts well. You could even go as far as making a gorgonzola cheese sauce…
What Types of Sauces Pair Best With a Steak Sandwich?
The best types of sauces to pair with a steak sandwich are, generally speaking, mayo-based sauces (you may want to go half with yogurt or sour cream instead of all mayo).
Aioli, spicy aioli, wasabi and mayo, mustard and mayo, Worcestershire sauce and mayo, horseradish and mayo…they’re all great sauces for your steak sandwich.
You can also make your own mayo sauce.
For example, you might want to make a BBQ-flavored sauce by mixing ketchup, smoked paprika, chipotle sauce, onion powder, mayo, salt, pepper, and honey.
Or you could simply smear your steak sandwich with BBQ sauce and mayo…
I mentioned in the above section about the wasabi sauce that you can omit the chives, but, truly, you could just as well omit the wasabi and make a chive-flavored mayo sauce!
Chimichurri is a form of Argentinan or Uruguayan salsa, but if you prefer, you could use pico de gallo instead.
While cooked sauces are more unusual, some love a good cheese sauce, and others prefer something as fancy as béarnaise sauce.
Another creamy option is a poblano sauce–made with roasted poblano peppers and sour cream.
Well, the cold version is made that way. In the warm version, you cook on a stove and use stock, cream, and a roux.
For both the cold and hot versions, you often flavor the sauce with garlic, onions, and herbs.
Many people like adding cilantro.
If you like it hot, spreading some mayo and your hot sauce of choice on your steak sandwich will be a great, fast, solution for sauce.
Chipotle sauce, peri-peri sauce, sriracha sauce–take your pick.
Note: if the hot sauce is pretty runny, you might want to combine it with the mayo first so that the sandwich doesn’t get all soggy.
What Sauces To Avoid Serving With Steak Sandwiches
You want to avoid sauces that don’t pair well with steak, such as an Asian sweet and sour sauce, or sweet chili sauce. You wouldn’t pour something really runny over a steak sandwich either, such as soy sauce (nor would that be a good flavor pairing!).
Of course, what doesn’t pair well with steak is debatable.
Some would likely argue that a wasabi sauce won’t go well with a steak sandwich as one recipe comes from Japan and the other from the Western world. But it does go well if you like wasabi.
However, it’s uncommon and, some would say, a culinary crime, to serve a steak sandwich with sweet and sour sauce, or sweet chili sauce.
Curry sauce is generally speaking not used for a steak sandwich, but if you mix some curry powder with mayo, it will likely taste pretty good on your steak sandwich…
Some would likely argue that ketchup is not “gourmet” enough for a really nice steak sandwich, but if you love ketchup, you may have other ideas…
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Hello. I’m Jeremy – an experienced saucier who has worked in some of the top kitchens over the last few decades. With a love for sauces, food, and nutrition, I decided to create WeWantTheSauce. Here I share my knowledge and expertise; from ingredients and recipes to storage all the way through to recommendations for every sauce imaginable.