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What Is Zip Sauce?

Zip sauce; is there a more peculiar name for a condiment? Well, it’s only therefore natural to wonder what it is and why it’s called that. We’ll be answering all here today and sharing with you a great recipe should you want to try it.

So, what is Zip sauce? Zip sauce is a spicy, rich, and buttery steak sauce that is popular in restaurants across the United States, although it originated in Detroit in the 1930s. While it is most commonly eaten with beef, it is also used with seafood, vegetables and used as a dipping sauce too.

The history of Zip sauce is particularly interesting.

It originated in a high-end Italian restaurant, known as Lelli’s after its founder (Mario Lelli).

This restaurant became a notable eatery; primarily for its authentic Italian recipes, and you guessed it, the Zip sauce.

It’s grown in popularity; becoming a household name ever since.

But what is it made of and what does it taste like?

Let’s find out!

What Is Zip Sauce Made Of?

The original recipe of Zip sauce is a closely guarded secret. At the same time, every chef has their own recipe for this condiment.

Nevertheless, there are a few fundamental ingredients that seem to be used in various Zip sauces, with many recipes including the following:

  • Butter,
  • A Beef base (such as dripping)
  • Worcestershire sauce,
  • Mustard,
  • Garlic
  • A blend of herbs and spices including thyme, parsley and rosmary
  • Salt, pepper

This is what you will find in most make-at-home recipes.

Although there is one Zip sauce sold on the market, and that you can buy over at at Amazon, which includes the following ingredients:

Water, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Natural Flavors, Caramel Coloring, Disodium Inosinate And Disodium Guanylate

So as you can see, there are variations – particularly in those branded products you find on the market.

What Does Zip Sauce Taste Like?

Zip sauce is sweet, creamy, buttery, and somewhat tart in flavor. It has a very distinct taste and a subtle heat while being smooth and glossy in consistency.

How To Make Zip Sauce

Here is one of the best Zip sauce recipes that you can follow. While there are quite a few ingredients, the process is incredibly simple.


  • ¼ of a cup of Butter
  • ⅓ of a cup of Beef Dripping
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of Dijon Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of Rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon of Thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon of Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Dried Parsley
  • ½ teaspoon of Cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Grounded Black Pepper


Step One: Grab a saucepan, and add the butter. Melt this over medium-low heat.

Step Two: Add all of the ingredients, except for the beef dripping. Stir and combine well for around 1-2 minutes.

Step Three: Add the beef dripping, stir and combine thoroughly, and then serve.



A steak sauce with a difference.

That is Zip sauce, in a nutshell.

But it’s a difference you really need to try.

Since it was created in 1930s Detroit, it has become quite a popular sensation.

And it’s no real surprise it is being adopted by restaurants up and down the United States, even if its home is in Michigan.

So do make some yourself and give it a try with your next steak.

Or order it out, even.

You won’t regret it.