If you’re vegan and like a bit of sauce on the side of your meals for dipping, licking or to bring forth the flavour- look no further- here are some of the best on the market right now. 

Vegan sauces to make your veggies and meat substitutes more exciting

Vegan sauces to make your veggies and meat substitutes more exciting


Meridian Foods, leading producers of delicious nut butters and bars, is continuing to diversify its product range with the launch of three new Meridian Cooking Sauces.

As Britain gets more adventurous with flavours and taste, consumers are constantly looking for new and exciting ingredients to inspire them in kitchen, which is why Meridian have developed three new nutty sauces that bring flavours from all over the world. The new cooking sauce range includes a Brazilian Xim Xim Peanut Cooking Sauce, a Thai Peanut Cooking Sauce and an Indonesian Peanut Satay Cooking Sauce.

All three sauces are made with Meridian’s Peanut Butter and offer between 16-18% protein per serving. The protein is provided naturally from Meridian’s roasted nuts, offering a nutritious protein-filled meal for all occasions. The cooking sauces are also dairy and gluten free, and suitable for Vegans.  

The Brazilian Xim Xim Peanut Cooking Sauce takes its influence from Thai and African flavours and packs a punch with zingy ginger and lemon undertones. The Meridian Peanut Satay Cooking Sauce is made with the traditional and well-loved flavours of peanuts, coconut cream and a blend of herbs and spices. From another exotic location, comes the Thai Peanut Cooking Sauce which is the perfect balance of nutty flavours with coconut, chillies and lemongrass. All sauces make an ideal pairing with either chicken, tofu or vegetables.

Sue McIntosh, Head of Marketing at Meridian Foods, said: “Shoppers are becoming increasingly more confident in the kitchen, and are now looking to experiment with new flavours and ingredients from around the world. However not everyone has the confidence to cook with unfamiliar ingredients from scratch, and that is why Meridian decided to create a range of cooking sauces from around the world to help consumers serve up interesting and more adventurous meals any day of the week with friends or family.”

“Meridian Peanut Butter is the core ingredient in each of the cooking sauces, and with this we are helping to ensure that our products continue to remain healthy and nutritious with a high protein offering.”

Meridian’s new Cooking Sauces will initially be available to buy online at www.meridianfoods.co.uk from May onwards, priced at £2.49 (RSP). 


Hellmann’s Tomato Ketchup made with Red & Green Tomatoes is made with the whole crop of tomatoes ripened in the Mediterranean sun, ensuring no good tomato goes to waste. The unique, fresh tasting ketchup aims to save up to 2.5 million tomatoes each year across Europe[2].

Shaking up the condiments scene, the new ketchup will appeal to both those with healthy and sustainable lifestyles in mind and ketchup lovers alike. Packaged in a conveniently shaped 430ml bottle, Hellmann’s has made it even easier to squeeze every last drop!

Hellmann’s Tomato Ketchup made with Red & Green Tomatoes is priced at RRP £1.89 and is available from supermarkets nationwide including Tesco, ASDA and Morrison’s.

[2] Sugal group research 2016

Santa Maria Brazilian XinXim Peanut Sauce - A true Brazilian classic. Its crunchy nuttiness is balanced with tangy lemon and ginger for a real flavour sensation. This is a fantastic example of Brazilian fusion cooking, bringing together the cuisines of Portugal, Africa and indigenous Latin America. 

Santa Maria Costa Rican Coconut Adobo - Drawing inspiration from Caribbean cuisine, where coconuts grow in abundance. The word ‘adobo’ comes from Spain and means marinade. This Costa Rican cooking sauce has a generous, full-bodied texture with a sparkle of ginger and chilli.

Santa Maria Arroz con Coco y Chile - Or Coconut & Chilli Rice - is based on a classic recipe used in many countries across Latin America (Colombia, Venezuela and Panamá to name a few), where rice is cooked with coconut milk. Santa Maria have added with chilli flakes to complement the flavour and bring a bit more carnival spirit to your table.

Rubies in the Rubble

Rubies in the Rubble (www.rubiesintherubble.com) is a gourmet condiment brand with its heart firmly in sustainable food production. The range is handmade in the UK from fresh fruit and veg that would otherwise go to waste. Whether it’s too big, too ripe for supermarket shelves, or just plain pear-shaped, any fresh and tasty produce can be used for Rubies’ delicious creations. This spring sees the launch of three inventive ketchups – top Banana, Fiery tomato and smoky Chipotle (RRP £3.49 per 270g bottle); with Top Banana already winning 2 Stars at the Great Taste Awards, these versatile sauces are fast becoming a store cupboard staple. 

Salubrious Sauce Co. Breakfast Sauce 

If you think of a tangy, sweet and slightly spicy blend of your favourite brown and tomato sauce all in one then that just about describes the delicious Breakfast Sauce from Salubrious Sauce Co.

Hand-crafted from the finest natural ingredients it will pep up your breakfast in no time. Serve it alongside grilled tomatoes, mushrooms and toast, or dollop it over some Quorn sausages in a delicious sandwich. It’s also fantastic with grilled veggies or a big bowl of chips! Available from delis and farm shops nationwide, RRP £3.95. Visit www.salubrioussauceco.co.uk

Vegan Cheese Sauce Mix by Free & Easy

  • Dairy-free cheese flavoured sauce mix made from dried cereals and vegetables.
  • Vegan, gluten and wheat free and naturally low in fat.  
  • Free from artificial additives and preservatives.
  • Ready in 3 minutes and has a tangy, rich cheese-like flavour.
  • Price: £1.79 for 130g.
  • www.healthysupplies.co.uk

Peperona Pasta Sauce by Biona

  • Rich, sweet and mellow pasta sauce made using ripe, juicy Italian tomatoes.
  • Vegan, gluten-free and organic.
  • No beet or cane sugar added.
  • Price: £2.39 for 350g.
  • www.healthysupplies.co.uk

Clearpsring Tamari Soya Sauce 

(RRP £3.19, www.clearspring.co.uk) 

100% organic, gluten and wheat free. 

The Spice Tailor Punjabi Tomato Curry

The North Indian province of Punjab, named after the five rivers flowing through it, is a fertile region full of wonderful, seasonal vegetables and a good variety of grains. Its people live large and this is reflected in everything they do. Their food is rustic and robust with the hearty flavours of onions, ginger, garlic, tomatoes and warming spices coursing through all their dishes.

Typical of the region, this curry has been adapted from a recipe most loved by Anjum Anand’s mum. This version has extra onions, for a sweeter thicker base and more tomatoes for a beautifully balanced taste. This sauce can form the base of so many different dishes and is perfect with vegetables and beans.

Price: £2.89 for 300g


Wing Yip’s Nature’s Charms Range: Coconut Caramel Sauce 

Wing Yip, the UK's leading Oriental supermarket, is launching a never-before seen sauce - Coconut Caramel. Perfect for baking, drizzling over desserts or as a scrumptious ice cream topping, the new Coconut Caramel sauce is a store-cupboard essential.

Made with rich coconut milk, this smooth and creamy sauce is ideal for those looking to avoid dairy, soy and gluten in their diets, as well as being great for vegans.

What's more, as coconuts are grown in abundance across Asia, they are a firm favourite in Asian cooking - making this a great way to put an Oriental twist on your favourite dishes. The coconut range includes 9 products with a further 3 jackfruit products in the entire range.

  • Coconut Caramel Sauce (400ml RRP £2.95)
  • Evaporated Coconut Milk (360ml RRP £1.45)
  • Sweetened Condensed Coconut milk (320g RRP £1.80)

The Nature's Charm coconut range is available from all Wing Yip superstores, located in Birmingham, Manchester, Cricklewood and Croydon, and online, www.wingyipstore.co.uk. Visit Wing Yip on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for top tips and recipe suggestions, @WingYipStore.

The Coconut Company 

You may not have palm trees swaying in your garden or be able to hear waves breaking on a white sandy beach, but you can still add a taste of the tropics to your barbie this summer thanks to the exciting new BBQ Organic Amino Sauce from The Coconut Company.

Regularly used in the coconut belt, in traditional Filipino dishes, and deriving their name from a beneficial amino acid content (important building blocks with which your body makes protein), amino sauces offer a unique alternative to traditional soy sauce.

Whilst some amino sauces are still made with soy, this exciting new offering is derived from raw organic coconut sap, which has a little sea salt, coconut nectar and garlic added to it. With the further addition of organic coconut vinegar and tarragon, a tangy BBQ flavoured sauce is produced, which is then left to naturally age. The result is a deep rich sauce that is perfect for basting or used as a marinade for meat, fish or vegetable skewers.

Available from www.thecoconutcompany.co for £4.99 per 150ml bottle.

Encona Range 

Encona West Indian Original Hot Pepper Sauce – (HOT)  

Explore the taste of the Caribbean with Encona West Indian Original Hot Pepper Sauce. Made to the same, classic recipe for over 40 years, using only the very best Scotch Bonnet and Habanero peppers blended with traditional island spices. The result is a deliciously fiery and fruity flavour for a true taste of the tropics.

Encona West Indian Extra Hot Pepper Sauce – (EXTRA HOT)

Explore a taste of the Caribbean with Encona West Indian Extra Hot Pepper Sauce. Made to a traditional Caribbean recipe using a super fiery blend of Red Scotch Bonnet, Yellow Scotch Bonnet and Jolokia peppers, this delicious sauce is made for those wishing to explore a classic Encona flavour, with an extra hot kick!

Encona Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce – (MEDIUM)

Explore the taste of the Far-East with Encona Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce. Made to a classic Thai recipe, this universal favourite combines an authentic blend of chillies, garlic and lime juice. A delicious, spicy sauce with a sweet chilli flavour, it is a great addition to all your favourite Eastern and Western foods.

Encona Thai Chilli and Garlic Sauce – (MEDIUM)

Explore the taste of the Far-East with Encona Thai Chilli and Garlic Sauce. Inspired by the classic, hot sauce recipe made famous in the seaside town of Si Racha, Thailand. Made using a special blend of chillies and aromatic garlic, this rich and savoury sauce has a warm, spicy kick which makes it a delicious addition to any dish.

Encona Peruvian Amarillo Chilli Sauce – (MEDIUM)

Explore the taste of the Americas with Encona Peruvian Amarillo Chilli Sauce. A blend of authentic Peruvian Amarillo chillies with roasted onion, spices and herbs creates a slightly sweet, subtle chilli flavour with a hint of garlic. Perfect for those looking to use authentic Peruvian flavours in their everyday cooking.

Encona African Peri-Peri Sauce – (HOT)

Explore the taste of Africa with Encona African Peri Peri Sauce. Made using a special blend of African Bird's Eye chillies, aromatic garlic, zesty lemon and spices, the result is a deliciously fiery and savoury sauce with a spicy kick which makes it the perfect complement to all your favourite foods!

Encona Indian Sweet Mango Chilli Sauce – (MILD)

Explore the taste of Asia with Encona Indian Sweet Mango Chilli Sauce. Made using an exotic combination of Mango pulp and Passion fruit, blended with Habanero peppers for a mild, sweet flavour which is deliciously fragrant and fruity. A wonderfully versatile sauce for adding a fresh, chilli kick to all your favourite Eastern and Western foods.

Encona Texan Chilli BBQ Sauce – (MEDIUM)

Explore a taste of the Americas with Encona Texan Chilli BBQ Sauce. Made to an authentic Texan recipe using a special blend of chillies, herbs and spices for a subtle, smokey flavour and warm chilli kick. This rich and savoury sauce is a must have addition for all your everyday, favourite foods.

Encona Mild Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce – (MILD)

Explore the taste of the Far East with Encona Mild Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce. Inspired by our best-selling classic Thai recipe, this mild blend of chillies, garlic and lime juice can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Encona Mexican Smokey Jalapeno Sauce – (MILD)

Explore the taste of the Americas with Encona Mexican Smokey Jalapeno Sauce. A delicious blend of chillies and spices gives this rich sauce a subtle smokey flavour and a warm and fruity taste to compliment your Mexican meals. 

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