18 Easy Sauces For Broccoli (Recipes)

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Take your broccoli to the next level by pairing it with a delicious sauce. Whether you’re dipping or drizzling, a sauce is sure to enhance the flavor of your favorite broccoli recipe! Here are some of our favorite tasty sauces for broccoli that will make veggies taste delicious to even the pickiest of eaters.

Cheese sauce, blue cheese dip, ranch, and teriyaki sauce.


Delicious sauces for broccoli

If you’re struggling to get your kids to eat their veggies, serving up the veggies with a tasty sauce may be the solution you need! The perfect sauce will not only add flavor but also bring out the natural sweetness and earthy flavor found in broccoli.

Broccoli is known to have so many health benefits including being a low-calorie vegetable and containing a good amount of dietary fiber. On top of that, it’s also an incredibly versatile vegetable and tastes delicious with so many different types of sauces and flavor combinations. Cheesy, sweet, savory, and spicy are just a few of the flavors that go well with it!

Our list of the best sauces for broccoli includes plenty of easy recipes that use just a handful of ingredients and come together in less than 10 minutes. Some of these sauces taste so fancy, you won’t even believe how simple they are to make.

Whether you’re looking for a sauce that’s simple, elegant, or comforting, this list is sure to have something that everyone in the family will enjoy. After all, a delicious sauce is such a fun way to make healthy sides like broccoli taste like the ultimate treat!

1. Cheese Sauce

Broccoli and cheese are an unmatched combination –– so comforting and delicious. This copycat Taco Bell cheese sauce is easy to make at home and tastes just like the restaurant version! 

Made with jarred cheese dip, milk, and pickled jalapeño brine, this 3-ingredient sauce takes only 5 minutes to prepare. The dip is best served immediately but is also easy to store for up to one week. Just reheat in the microwave when you’re ready to serve it.

2. Hollandaise Sauce

While Hollandaise sauce tastes fancy, it’s actually quite simple to make! You can make a delicious homemade Hollandaise sauce with just a few ingredients: eggs, butter, lemon juice, and simple seasonings like salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.

This sauce has a thick and creamy consistency. The key to whipping up the perfect Hollandaise is using the double boiler method, placing a small heatproof bowl or saucepan over a larger saucepan that contains simmering water.

3. Lemon Pepper Sauce

4. Teriyaki Sauce

One of our all-time favorite sauces for broccoli is sweet teriyaki sauce. Once you pair this sauce with steamed broccoli, you’re only a few ingredients away from a full stir fry meal!

Brown sugar and honey add sweetness, while soy sauce and sesame oil add a savory flavor to this sauce. Ginger is the ingredient that ties this teriyaki sauce together, adding just the right amount of tanginess to balance out all of the flavors. Be sure to add a little bit of cornstarch as this will help the sauce thicken slightly.

5. Ranch

Wingstop’s ranch is one of our absolute favorite dipping sauces not only for wings and fries but also for veggies like steamed broccoli. This copycat Wingstop ranch is perfectly creamy and has a bold herby flavor.

Using a packaged ranch seasoning mix will make this recipe so easy! We love using the Hidden Valley brand for this recipe, but a homemade blend of herbs will also work just fine too. 

6. Bearnaise Sauce

This rich béarnaise sauce is one of the most elegant sauces for broccoli in this list. It’s a great addition that will enhance any meal and taste delicious on veggies, especially roasted broccoli! 

Béarnaise sauce uses many of the same ingredients found in Hollandaise sauce, but infused vinegar and chopped tarragon are two different ingredients that make this recipe unique. 

The infused vinegar, which features white wine, white wine vinegar, and a shallot, adds a bold flavor that balances the elegant taste of butter and herbs.

7. Steak Sauce

Skip a trip to the grocery store and make your own Heinz 57 sauce at home. This delicious multipurpose sauce has remained a popular item on the shelf after originating almost 100 years ago! Heinz sauce is made from a combination of ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, lemon juice, and salt. 

While ketchup and mustard are the dominant flavors in this sauce, it remains the perfect balance of sweet, spicy, and savory. You won’t regret adding Heinz sauce to your plate!

8. Romesco Sauce

This flavorful Romesco sauce has a beautiful red color and is loaded with flavor in every bite. Its fabulous texture makes it a great sauce to pair with veggies like roasted broccoli, meats, and plenty more.

Roasted garlic, roasted red bell peppers, and smoked paprika are just a few of the ingredients that give this sauce its rich flavor. But you’ll never guess the hidden ingredient that helps this sauce reach the perfect consistency: crusty bread!

9. Buffalo Ranch

Why choose between buffalo and ranch when you can have both in one amazing combination? This fusion of spicy buffalo sauce and tangy ranch dip is one of the best sauces for broccoli and is sure to satisfy your taste buds. Five minutes and five ingredients are all that you need to prepare this simple sauce. 

If you have some extra time on your hands, try letting this sauce sit for about 30 minutes before serving. The extra time allows for all the flavors to come together even more.

10. Blue Cheese Sauce

Tangy blue cheese dip is a classic pairing to go with a variety of veggies, including carrots, celery, and steamed broccoli. This homemade dip has a thick consistency and is cool, creamy, and packed with so much flavor. 

Adding in some chives or green onions is a great way to enhance the flavor of the sauce while also adding an extra splash of color. The consistency of this blue cheese dipping sauce is on the thicker side, but it can also be thinned out a bit by adding milk, which also makes it easier to drizzle.

11. Garlic Parmesan Sauce

A fan-favorite sauce that goes with wings, veggies, and more, garlic parmesan is one of the most beloved sauces for broccoli. This creamy and flavorful sauce is similar to the one served at Buffalo Wild Wings.

We love that it requires minimal ingredients: mayonnaise, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, parsley, and simple seasonings including Italian seasoning and garlic powder. If possible, use fresh parmesan cheese instead of pre-grated parmesan for the best texture and flavor.

12. Peanut Butter Sauce

Here’s a delicious sauce that tastes just as good as the Thai peanut sauce you might be familiar with. This mouthwatering peanut butter sauce is thick and creamy and strikes the perfect balance between salty and sweet.

It tastes phenomenal when drizzled on veggies such as roasted broccoli. Made with only 5 ingredients, you won’t believe how simple this sauce is to make. Kids and adults alike will fall in love with this flavorful peanut butter sauce.

13. Boom Boom Sauce

The perfect balance between sweet and spicy, Boom Boom is an incredible explosion of flavors that will make your taste buds dance. While it’s quite similar to the popular Yum Yum sauce that’s served in Japanese restaurants, the two ingredients that give it a distinct flavor are the added chili and hot sauce.

This delicious sauce takes only a few minutes to prepare and will last in the refrigerator for up to a week if stored in an airtight container. But given just how delicious it is, there’s no guarantee you’ll have leftovers for long!

14. Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri is a classic, popular South American sauce made from cilantro, parsley, oregano, crushed red pepper, garlic, and red wine vinegar. This flavorful sauce will surely add freshness to any dish that it’s served with, including veggies and meat.

Blending this sauce will give it a perfectly smooth and creamy consistency. If stored properly, chimichurri can last in the fridge for as long as 3 weeks, but can also be frozen if you want to keep it for longer.

15. Honey Garlic Sauce

Sweet, savory, and satisfying are the first words that come to mind for this delightful honey garlic concoction. This sauce is easy to whip up in just a few minutes and tastes amazing paired with steamed broccoli. While this sauce is best served fresh, it’s also a great sauce to make in advance and freeze for later. 

Want to make it spicy? Mixing in some spicy ingredients, such as Tabasco, sriracha, cayenne pepper, or red pepper flakes, will bring the heat level up for anyone who enjoys a kick!

16. Garlic Aioli

A creamy aioli sauce is the perfect dipping sauce for roasted broccoli. Made with simple ingredients and ready in just 5 minutes, this foolproof recipe is so easy to prepare. Every bite is loaded with a delicious garlicky flavor and is creamy, rich, and tangy all at once.

One of the best things about creamy sauces for broccoli like these is that they can easily be customized by adjusting the ingredients. You can make a spicy or smoky version of this aioli by adding some hot sauce or sundried tomatoes!

17. Spicy Tahini Sauce

Tahini is an earthy, flavorful sauce that originates from sesame seeds. It is popular in Middle Eastern cooking and tastes absolutely scrumptious when served with veggies like steamed broccoli. 

This creamy tahini sauce is vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free too. It gets its spicy flavor from the addition of either garlic chili or sriracha. Whether you use it for dipping or drizzling, you certainly can’t go wrong with tahini!

18. Bechamel Sauce

Bechamel sauce, or white sauce, is a sauce made from flour, butter, and milk. It has a mild flavor that pairs great with broccoli.

More simple sauce recipes

If you made any of these sauces for broccoli be sure to let me know in the comments. Which one will you be trying first?

Cheese sauce, blue cheese dip, ranch, and teriyaki sauce.
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Sauces For Broccoli

By Heather Seeley
Add some extra flavor to your veggies with these delicious sauces for broccoli. These great sauces are perfect for steamed broccoli, roasted broccoli, and more. Don't forget to try this easy cheese sauce for broccoli.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 2 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 ounces shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 salt
  • 1/4 ground black pepper


  • Place the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Let melt.
  • Whisk in the flour. Keep whisking for about 1 minutes.
  • Slowly pour in the milk while continuing to whisk. Keep whisking until the mixture starts to boil
  • Set the heat to low, add in the shredded cheese. Stir in the salt and pepper. Keep stirring until it begins to slightly thicken.
  • Pour over broccoli or vegetable of choice.


Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 395mg | Potassium: 142mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 842IU | Calcium: 478mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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