Good condiments are kind of like magic. Having access to an inspiring assortment of sauces, shakes, and spreads can turn withering leftovers into something exciting and newly delicious. We’ve put together a list of the 10 best condiments – from classics to cult-favorites. Stock up on them before you’re in need, and your future self will be grateful.
10. Edmond Fallot Dijon Mustard: Nothing against yellow mustard, but if we have to choose, we’ll always go with the pleasant zing of a quality dijon. It enlivens a dressing, is essential to a sandwich, and sausages of all kinds wouldn’t be the same without it.
9. Sriracha: No surprise here, but we’re just as obsessed with Sriracha as the rest of the world. This universally adored pepper sauce, often associated with Vietnamese food, is kind of the unicorn of the condiment world as there isn’t anything it doesn’t improve.
8. Bragg Amino Acid: Bragg’s – as it’s often colloquially referred to – is the more interesting, less salty cousin of soy sauce. A few dashes of this brilliantly versatile sauce, made from a liquid soy protein concentrate, add salty depth to dressings, stir-fry, soups, eggs, and more.
7. Truff Hot Sauce: When balanced properly, there is little that truffle and spice do not improve. This hot sauce fuses these two flavors into one glorious hot sauce that you may have to ration per diem because it tastes so good on everything. If you need one more reason to be convinced, Oprah loves it.
6. Momofuku Chili Crunch: Made delightfully spicy from a Mexican chili blend and crunchy due to dried garlic and shallots, David Chang’s take on the classic Chinese Lao Gan Ma chili oil (which is also one of our favorites) adds a blaze of rich and textured umami heat to any dish. Try it on noodles, eggs, rice, and even french fries.
5. Vegenaise: There’s no arguing that mayo is a pantry staple, and this vegan mayonnaise with the tagline “It’s Better than Mayo” goes above and beyond in fulfilling that role. Not to be controversial, but we agree with them. It’s creamy, the flavor is spot on, and it has the perfect spreadable texture without being watery. Slather it on a BLT, mix it with Sriracha as a dip, use it to make an egg salad. You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy this.
4. Nutritional Yeast: By now, this cult-favorite of the health-conscious is probably on your radar, but it’s still worth noting. Once primarily used by vegans as a cheese substitute, nutritional yeast holds up on its own. This flaky topping gives everything from popcorn to noodles to salad dressing a nutty, creamy, and rich flavor enhancement. It’s also super high in B vitamins, so it gets bonus points for health.
3. Bubbies Sauerkraut: Sauerkraut is no longer just reserved for brats and sausages. This fermented cabbage topping adds a zing and a crunch to salads, rice bowls, roasted veggies, and so much more. Potatoes love sauerkraut. Avocados love sauerkraut. And if you haven’t tried it, you’re about to love it too.
2. Eden Seaweed Gomasio: A few shakes of this Japanese-style sesame salt takes a simple rice bowl to the next level. The combination of sesame seeds and the umami flavors of dulce, nori, and kombu seaweed make this condiment a secret weapon in your condiment arsenal.
1. Maldon Smoked Sea Salt: A good smoked finishing salt can make a simple dish feel delicately composed, and Maldon is the best one. A sprinkle of this flakey salt adds a subtle yet distinct smokey, grilled flavor to your food, making it perfect for meat, roasted veggies, or even the rim of a cocktail glass. Cheers!