Rice and vegetables are a classic combination that can be found in cuisines all over the world.
They are both affordable and versatile ingredients that can be cooked in endless ways.
But sometimes, rice and vegetables can be a little boring on their own.
That’s where sauces come in!
A good sauce can transform a simple dish into something truly special.
So if you are looking for some new sauce recipes to try with your rice and vegetables, then you are in the right place.
I’m sharing 14 of the best sauces for rice and vegetables including soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, curry sauce, chili sauce, and more.
What Sauce Goes with Rice and Vegetables?
Sauces that go well with rice and vegetables include soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, sweet and sour sauce, and curry sauce. When choosing a sauce, consider the other ingredients in the dish and what kind of flavor profile you are going for.
Still looking for sauce ideas?
Then just keep scrolling!
Here are 14 sauces that go with rice and vegetables:
1. Sweet and Sour Sauce
This sauce is a classic, and for good reason.
The sweet and sour flavors are amazing together, and the sauce really brings out the flavor in your rice and vegetables.
I like to use this sauce as a base for my other sauces or just as a simple condiment on its own.
Aioli is another great option for those who want to take their rice and vegetables to the next level.
The creamy texture pairs perfectly with the savory flavors of your rice and vegetables, making it an ideal dipping sauce or condiment.
Try mixing in some diced onion or garlic into your aioli if you want to add extra flavor.
3. Sweet Onion Sauce
Another great option for those who love onions!
This sweet onion sauce is perfect when you’re looking for something that will add a depth of flavor to your rice and vegetable dish.
The sweetness of the onions pairs well with the tangy flavors of the sauce, resulting in a delicious dish that everyone will love.
4. Cocktail Sauce
Similar to sweet onion sauce, cocktail sauce is made from layers of different flavors: sweet, salty, acidic, you get the idea.
This versatile sauce can be used as a dipping or condiment for your rice and vegetable dishes, depending on what you prefer.
And don’t forget about that gorgeous pink hue…it just adds that special touch!
5. Tartar Sauce
Tartar sauce is one of my favorite sauces because it’s so versatile (duh).
You can use it as a dipping or condiment for just about anything (rice and veggies included), but I especially enjoy using tartar sauce on fish dishes like salmon or tuna sushi rolls.
6. Teriyaki Sauce
This sweet and savory sauce is perfect for taking your rice and vegetables to the next level.
The flavors are amazing, and it’s super easy to make.
Just heat up some chicken or beef broth, add in some soy sauce, honey, garlic, and ginger, and stir in a few tablespoons of teriyaki sauce.
Voilà—you’ve got yourself one delicious teriyaki dish!
Pesto is another great option for adding flavor to your rice and vegetable dishes. This versatile sauce can be used as a dip, a dressing, or even as a garnish on your plate. I like to use pesto as a dipping sauce for my veggies before serving them with some grilled chicken or steak. It’s also great on top of steamed rice—delicious!
If you’re looking for something special to drizzle over your rice and vegetables, then Chimichurri is the perfect option!
This pungent herb-based sauce has a deep flavor that really enhances the taste of your food.
I love using chimichurri as a dipping sauce for my veggies before serving them with some grilled chicken or steak.
It’s also great on top of steamed rice—delicious!
9. Hoisin Sauce
This sauce is a classic! Made with soy, honey, and rice vinegar, hoisin sauce is perfect for adding depth of flavor to your rice and vegetable dishes.
My favorite way to enjoy hoisin sauce is as a dipping sauce for my steamed vegetables or grilled chicken.
It’s also great on top of stir-fries or rice bowls.
Harissa is a fiery Moroccan chili paste that really takes your rice and vegetable dishes to the next level.
The smoky flavors are amazing together with the sweetness of the syrup, and it’s definitely one of my favorites to use on steamed vegetables or grilled chicken.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even try using harissa as a marinade for meaty cuts of protein.
11. Honey Mustard
Honey mustard is another great option for those who love their rice and vegetable dishes sweet and savory at the same time.
Made with white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, salt, pepper, and spices (usually garlic), this sauce can be used as a dipping sauce for steamed vegetables or grilled chicken breasts.
Or…you could just pour some over some hot cooked noodles like I do every day!
12. Remoulade Sauce
Remoulade sauce is another classic French preparation that combines mayonnaise (a type of eggless salad dressing) with herbs (usually parsley).
This versatile sauce can be used as a dipping sauce for steamed vegetables or grilled chicken breasts, as well as being delicious spread on toast or served over boiled potatoes instead of mashed potatoes at holiday gatherings!
Yum yum yum!!!
13. BBQ Sauce
BBQ sauces are all different but they all have one thing in common: they’re delicious!
My personal favorite BBQ sauce is Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ Sauce because it has just the right amount of spice without being too overpowering..
Plus…the bottle looks cool! And speaking of bottles…did you know that many bbq sauces come in an easy-to-use bottled form?
14. Hot Sauce
Hot sauces are so popular right now because they add such an intense level of heat to your food without being too spicy or overwhelming.
So try something new every time you make them, so you don’t get bored!
What Sauce Goes with Rice and Vegetables? (14 Sauces)
- Sweet and Sour Sauce
- Sweet Onion Sauce
- Cocktail Sauce
- Tartar Sauce
- Teriyaki Sauce
- Hoisin Sauce
- Honey Mustard
- Remoulade Sauce
- BBQ Sauce
- Hot Sauce
- Pick any of the sauces from this list to serve over your rice and veggies.
- Prepare the ingredients according to the recipe.
- Enjoy in no time!