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This tasty easy-to-make mint sauce recipe comes together in minutes and is the perfect balance of fresh, umami, and sweet. You will love how well this pairs up with any of your favorite lamb recipes.
Mint sauce is a simple complimentary sauce consistency of fresh mint, acid, and a touch of sweetness for balance. This sauce is commonly used to serve alongside of or on top of lamb. Many folks believe the strong flavors of the mint help to tone down the gaminess of the lamb. However, it doesn’t just do that, and it indeed will complement the flavors of the lamb.
If you’ve never had or made anything like this before, the consistency is similar to that of chimichurri sauce. Consider adding this mint sauce to things like fresh berries, fish, chicken, or vegetables.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Mint – You will need fresh mint for this recipe.
- Vinegar – White distilled apple cider or sherry vinegar will work for this recipe.
- Sugar – You can use granulated or light brown sugar. However, I prefer to use honey as it is more natural and goes extremely well with the mint.
- Water – You will need some hot water to help infuse the flavors and get the honey to mix in with the other ingredients.
How to Make a Mint Sauce
Finely mince the fresh mint and add it to a medium-sized bowl.
Next, add the vinegar and honey.
Begin to stir the sauce while very slowly pouring in some hot boiling water, 1 to 2 teaspoons at a time, until it becomes a thick sauce-like consistency and the ingredients are combined.
Adjust the sweetness level to your liking with more honey. Optionally season with salt. Store or serve.
Make-Ahead and Storage
Make-Ahead: You can make this mint sauce up to 3 days ahead of time. Simply keep it covered in the refrigerator.
How to Store: Keep covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
How to Freeze: Keep covered in the freezer for up to 2 months. I like to put them in silicone ice cream trays and pull them out as needed.
Chef Notes + Tips
- Just like in a soup recipe, this will taste better a few days later as flavors will infuse more.
- Be sure to use the stems in the mint, as they have a lot of flavor. Make sure they are tender.
More Sauce Recipes
Easy Mint Sauce Recipe
- 1 cup packed fresh mint leaves and stems
- 2 tablespoons distilled vinegar
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons hot boiling water
- Finely mince the fresh mint and add it to a medium-sized bowl.
- Next, add in the vinegar and honey.
- Begin to stir the sauce while very slowly pouring in some hot boiling water 1 to 2 teaspoons at a time until it becomes a thick sauce like consistency and the ingredients are combined.
- Adjust the sweetness level to your liking with more honey. Optionally season with salt.
- Store or serve.