This page looks at a wide variety of sandwich condiments that can be used to add lots of flavor to a boring old sandwich. A sandwich condiment is a spice, sauce, spread and/or ingredient (i.e. pickled vegetables) that adds extra flavor to traditional sandwich fillings such as ham, tofu, chicken, roast beef, turkey, etc. These sandwich condiments are typically spread or sprinkled on the sandwich bread or filing. Many sandwich condiments are also used to add a little moisture to sandwiches that might be too dry for some people’s tastes.
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List of Sandwich Condiments – Alphabetical Order
- Barbecue Sauce – Barbecue sauce is often used as a condiment on meat-based sandwiches.
- Butter – Some sandwiches such as the traditional English cucumber sandwich use butter as an ingredient & condiment.
- Cheese – Flavorful cheeses such as Pepper Jack Cheese are often used as condiments in order to add more flavor to a sandwich.
- Cranberry Sauce – This condiment is great with turkey sandwiches!!
- Guacamole – Guacamole is a great addition to a sandwich. However, it turns brown quickly (oxidizes) so you should consider buying small packages or creating small batches in order to avoid wasting your delicious guac!
- Herbs – Some sandwich lovers like to stir their favorite herb (i.e. rosemary) into mayonnaise or yogurt to create their own delicious sandwich condiment and spread.
- Horseradish Sauce – Horseradish is a spicy condiment that is good with roast beef sandwiches. Horseradish sauce is usually made from grated horseradish root and vinegar.
- Hot Sauce – Well-known hot sauces include Red Hot, Sriracha Sauce, Tabasco Sauce, etc.
- Hummus – Hummus is a spreadable condiment made from chickpeas. This condiment originated in the Middle East.
- Jams & Jellies – Jams & jellies can be made out of any kind of edible fruit or berry.
- Ketchup – Famous for use on hamburgers and hot dogs, ketchup is also used as a condiment on a wide range of sandwiches (i.e. fried egg sandwiches).
- Kimchi – This popular Korean dish is often used to spice up a sandwich. Kimchi is made from fermented vegetables (i.e. cabbage).
- Mayonnaise – Beyond regular mayonnaise, sandwich lovers also like to use flavored mayonnaises such as avocado mayonnaise, wasabi mayonnaise, etc. Mayo is great on a BLT sandwich!
- Mustard – Famous on hot dogs but mustard is also used on a wide variety of sandwiches. Go beyond yellow mustard and explore different mustards such as sriracha mustard, dill mustard, sweet mustard, etc.
- Olive Oil – Many Italian-style sandwiches use olive oil as a condiment and spread.
- Peanut Butter – I think of peanut butter as a sandwich filing (i.e. a peanut butter sandwich). However, some nut lovers like to spread on a very thin layer of peanut butter in order to add a little bit of peanut flavor to a sandwich. Other people like to use almond butter, cashew butter, Nuttela, etc.
- Pepper – Sandwich fanatics often like to use black pepper or white pepper to add flavor to their creations.
- Pesto Sauce – Pesto sauce is wonderful on chicken sandwiches, mozzarella sandwiches, etc.
- Pickled Sweet or Hot Peppers
- Pickled Vegetables – Beyond pickles or pickled peppers, there are many other delicious pickled vegetables (i.e. pickled eggplants or pickled onions).
- Red Pepper Flakes – To add a little zing to their lunch, some people like to put red pepper flakes on their sandwiches.
- Relish – Relish is product made of chopped up vegetables and herbs. It is often made with pickles or cucumbers.
- Salad Dressing – Some sandwich lovers like to add salad dressings (i.e. ranch dressing) to their sandwiches.
- Salsa – Salsa is a great condiment for wraps such as burritos.
- Vinaigrette – Many Italian-style sandwiches also use vinaigrette as a condiment and spread.
- Wasabi – Wasabi is a Japanese paste with a taste similar to horseradish. Since it can be a little overpowering, wasabi can be toned down by mixing it with mayonnaise.
- Yogurt – Some people use yogurt spreads (i.e. yogurt with herbs) as a low fat alternative to mayonnaise.
More Exotic Condiments – Popular in countries outside of America.
- Anchovy Paste – A condiment made from anchovy, a small saltwater fish.
- Chutney – Chutney is a fruit or vegetable based condiment that originated in India. It is also extremely popular in countries such as England. There is a huge variety of chutneys such as:
- Curry Paste – Indian food lovers like to add a little bit of curry paste to mayonnaise or yogurt to create a more flavorful sandwich condiment.
- Marmite – Marmite is a traditional British sandwich condiment made mainly from yeast extract and salt.
- Vegemite – Vegemite is an Australian condiment similar to Marmite.
Video on Homemade Condiments
Mayonnaise is often used a condiment and “moistener” for sandwiches
Image from our Avocado BLT recipe
- Wikipedia, Condiment, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Condiment
- Wikipedia, Chutney, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chutney
- Wikipedia, Kimchi, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimchi