10 Sizzling Summer Sauces

Necatrine Chutney

Nectarine, Golden Raisin and Five Spice Chutney with Roasted Halibut

If you haven’t noticed by now I’m a saucy gal. 😉

We love sauces here at the Bennett Camp.   All kinds of sauces, salsa, compotes, drizzles, chutney’s and relishes.  You name it, I can top it with a sauce.

So, in honor of all things saucy (and summer) I thought I’d share with you my 10 favorite sizzling summer sauces.  Enjoy!

1.  A very special Chimichurri Sauce and my most favorite sauce of all.  Fantastic over grilled beef or grilled fish.  It’s a plate lickin’ good sauce!

chimichurri sauce

Chimichurri Sauce

2.  Savory Strawberry Sauce.  So perfect for grilled salmon but just as delicious with grilled chicken.

Savory Strawberry Sauce

Savory Strawberry Sauce with Grilled Salmon

3.  Huckleberry Barbeque Sauce.  One tasty sauce over barbecue pork or chicken and a great way to use all those summer huckleberries.

Huckleberry Barbecue Sauce

Huckleberry Barbecue Sauce

4.  Blueberry Ginger Salsa.  A savory fresh tasting salsa that will WOW your tastebuds!  Perfect over grilled halibut or chicken.

blueberry ginger salsa

Blueberry Ginger Salsa

5.  Coconut, Lemongrass and Ginger Sauce.  I adore this sauce over grilled fish.  Almost any grilled fish but especially Black cod or Hawaiian Opah.

coconut, lemongrass, ginger sauce

Coconut, Lemongrass and Ginger Sauce with Grilled Fish

6.  Mini Sweet Pepper Relish.  Perfectly delicious over grilled fresh salmon or grilled chicken.

mini pepper relish

Mini Pepper Relish

7.  Spiced Dried Plum Sauce.  A favorite sauce over any grilled or roasted pork.

spiced dried plum sauce

Spiced Dried Plum Sauce with Grilled Pork Chops

8.  Spicy Apricot Ginger Sauce.  Perfect with grilled shrimp, poached shrimp, coconut shrimp or shrimp cakes!

Spicy Apricot Ginger Sauce

Spicy Apricot Ginger Sauce with Shrimp Cakes

9. Mexican Chocolate Sauce.  A perfect summer dessert sauce over pound cake, angel food cake, chocolate or vanilla cake or even homemade ice cream and topped with fresh papaya slices.

Mexican Chocolate Sauce

Mexican Chocolate Sauce with Fresh Papaya Slices

And number 10…  Nectarine, Golden Raisin and Five Spice Powder Chutney served with Roasted Halibut or delightful over roast pork in the fall and winter months.

Mini Pepper Relish

Nectarine, Golden Raisin and Five Spice Powder Chutney with Grilled or Roasted Halibut

Nectarine, Golden Raisin and Five Spice Chutney with Roasted or Grilled Halibut


Serves 4

2-3 cups peeled and chopped nectarines (about 2-3 large nectarines)

½ cup diced onions

1 tablespoon butter

1/3 cup golden raisins

1 tablespoon sugar, or more if needed

1/2 – 1 teaspoon five spice powder

Pinch red pepper flakes

¼ cup white wine vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

2 tablespoons Ghee (clarified butter), grapeseed oil or high heat veggie oil

1 ½ lbs fresh Halibut, cut into 3-4 pieces


In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, add the tablespoon of butter.

When the butter is melted and frothy add the onions and sauté for a minute or two to soften.

Next, stir in the chopped nectarines, raisins, sugar, five spice powder, pinch of red pepper flakes and white wine vinegar.

Turn the heat to low and let the chutney simmer for about 15 minutes.  Season with salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste.

While the chutney is simmering, prepare the halibut.

Pre-heat the oven to 350F.

Add the Ghee or oil to a large oven proof skillet over medium high heat.  When the butter/oil is sizzling, add the halibut skin side down.

Let the halibut cook for a few minutes, until the skin side is nicely browned.  Place the skillet in the oven and continue cooking for another 5 minutes, or until the fish is flaky and cooked through.

Remove from the oven and plate the fish.  Top each piece of fish with a few tablespoons of chutney and serve immediately.

I like this dish with pearled couscous, brown rice, or coconut rice and mixed spring greens with a light vinaigrette.



  1. Some tempting sauces and salsas there – love the coconut, lemongrass and ginger, I just love asian flavours!

  2. Lot´s of lovely inspiration here. And I love the header – it´s new isn´t it?

  3. peasepudding says:

    Great round up of summer sauces and having them all in one post.

    • Thank you! I was trying to decide which sauce to make last weekend and realized I had quite the collection. Lol! So I thought I’d share them all in one post. :). Enjoy!

  4. Wow, I love the variety of sauces shown here. All the dishes look lovely!

  5. I love using chimichurri sauce. It adds so much flavor to meats. I can’t wait until we get nectarines and peaches that have some taste and aren’t rock hard. Your recipe sounds terrific.

    • I think I could sip on chimichurri sauce. Most of our local Eastern Washington stone fruit has ripened nicely. The fruit from the sunny side of the state. 🙂 Have a great week Karen!

  6. There’s something for everyone here Karista. I have my eye on that apricot ginger sauce and mexican chocolate sauce!

    • Mmmm… the apricot ginger sauce is fabulous and so complimentary to grilled fish, shrimp and chicken. I originally whipped this up for coconut shrimp. 🙂

  7. They are all so good. Plum sauce and blueberry ginger salsa are my favourites!

  8. Oh.. Sauce Love.. and not one but ten!! I’m in heaven! xo

  9. WOW! Look at all these DELICIOUS sauces! I’ll be coming back to this page when I need to make a sauce!! haha..

  10. Oooh these sound good. I love sauces but I run out of ideas most of the time. Great list!

  11. You are the new sauce guru and I think each and everyone of them I need to try. I am always looking for yummy new fresh topping for top of fish so I am sure it will be a winner.

    • Haha! Never thought of myself as a sauce guru. I do make a lot of toppings for grilled meats, poultry and fish. Keeps dinner simple and delish! Have a lovely day!

  12. Great post! I love trying new sauces and it makes an easy way to have fish or chicken differently. I found at least 3 I’m going to try – thanks for posting! Have a great weekend!

    • Thank you! I agree, it makes chicken an fish into a different meal with each sauce. And keeps dinner simple but tasty. Have a lovely Sunday!

  13. Wow! Things are definitely getting saucy in your household! I love the colour & vibrancy of each sauce (with the fruits or veg,) so glossy and just darn tasty!

  14. You certainly are a saucy gal; and sweet and spicy, too! Dips and sauces remain to be my favorite part of a meal. If I can’t dip or dunk it, I am not fully satisfied. These all look incredible! Number 6 stole my heart, though.

    Happy 5th of July. 😉

    ~ Cara

    • Hahaha! People always think I’m sweet but I like to think I’ve got a little spicy in there somewhere. LOL! We must be long lost sisters Cara! Dinner without a sauce is a travesty. It’s my fave part of the meal too. 🙂 And I think you’d love Number 6. Enjoy the weekend friend!

  15. What an amazing round up. Personally I can’t wait to try out the savoury strawberry sauce but they all look incredible. I’m definitely bookmarking this page to come back to again and again I think!

  16. What a wonderful compilation! It’s so hard to pick a favorite 🙂

    • Thank you! I do love a good topping on my grilled or pan seared food. 🙂 Especially using what’s fresh and in season. Have a fabulous rest of the week!

  17. I love sauces, too, and just recently made chimichurri, though this version with the addition of basil intrigues me and I may give that a whirl next. Thanks for all these sauces, more to bookmark and more to try!

    • You’re so welcome Betsy! There are so many versions of chimichurri, this one is my sister in laws from Colombia. Her Mom and Grandmother are the most amazing home chefs. The chocoflan in this blog is from her family as well. I’m always asking them for their family recipes. Lol!

  18. Having a few (or MORE) good sauces in the repetoire makes anyone a better cook!
    These all kick it up a few notches…
    “All those summer huckleberries” made me giggle, though…since there aren’t ANY in our neck of the woods 😉

    • 🙂 we are loaded here with all kinds of berries. Huckleberries, blackberries and blueberries. I think any berry would be great. I cant remember what berries grow wild back east?

      • TONS of blackberries down here, but they’re still a few weeks from ripening. Can’t speak for the rest of the region, since I’m not originally from the area.


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