Original Zip Sauce Recipe – Easy Kitchen Guide

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By Lori Walker, MS, RD | Published on March 10, 2023 | Last Updated on November 21, 2023

Did you ever want to prepare a delicious sauce that can make your dishes taste better? Well, look no further because the original zip sauce is here! It’s a tangy and savory condiment that’s sure to give your meals an extra kick.

You will be surprised by how easy it is to make this delicious sauce using just a few pantry staples!

Read on to learn more about the original zip Sauce recipe, including what it tastes like, how you can make it, and some tips for storage.

Original Zip Sauce Recipe

What is Original Zip Sauce?

Mario Lelli was the owner and operator of a high-end Italian restaurant along Woodward Avenue that opened in 1939. His restaurant quickly became known for its northern Italian recipes, particularly its steaks which were served with his signature Zip Sauce. This unique sauce gained popularity and made the restaurant a household name.  ​

Still, the zip sauce is a mystery to many. It is made with a combination of butter, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, soy sauce, etc. This creates the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors that make this sauce stand out from all the rest.

What does it taste like?

The Original Zip Sauce has a robust yet mild flavor that pairs nicely with many dishes. It has a bit of tanginess from the Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce and a hint of heat from the red pepper flakes (optional).

How did I first get introduced to the Original Zip Sauce?

I first encountered the Original Zip Sauce in a restaurant near my hometown. I had never heard of it before but was immediately intrigued by its unique flavor profile and the fact that it’s available in jars at most stores.​

How to make an Original Zip Sauce?

Making this delicious Original Zip Sauce is easy and quick. You just need to gather some essential ingredients and follow the below instruction.

How to make an Original Zip Sauce?

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of unsalted butter
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, optional

Directions

Step 1

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over low-medium heat.

Step 2

Add the minced garlic and black pepper to the pan and stir until fragrant but not browned (about 1 minute).

Step 3

Add the Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce to the pan and increase heat to medium-high.

Step 4

Bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for 5 minutes.

Step 5

Remove from heat and stir in red pepper flakes (if using). Let cool before serving or transferring to an airtight container for storage.

Tips

  • If you don’t have Worcestershire sauce, you can substitute it with a mixture of balsamic vinegar and tamari.
  • If you want a spicier version of the Original Zip Sauce, add more red pepper flakes or use a hotter variety.
  • Add some freshly chopped herbs like parsley or cilantro for an extra fresh flavor.
Original Zip Sauce Recipe

Original Zip Sauce Recipe

Did you ever want to prepare a delicious sauce that can make your dishes taste better? Well, look no further because the original zip sauce is here! It’s a tangy and savory condiment that’s sure to give your meals an extra kick.
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Author: Lori Walker, MS, RD
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 126kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Sauce Pan

Ingredients

  • 1/8 tablespoons of soy sauce providing a salty and savory element that complements the other ingredients.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper imparting a bold and peppery taste that enhances the overall seasoning.
  • 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes optional, offering a hint of heat and a touch of spiciness to your dish.
  • 1/8 tablespoons of tangy Worcestershire sauce adding a savory and umami depth of flavor to your recipe.
  • 1/2 cup of creamy and rich unsalted butter providing a velvety and indulgent base for your recipe.
  • 1.5 cloves of garlic minced (round to 1 or 2 cloves), adding a pungent and aromatic flavor that elevates the dish.

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over low-medium heat.
  • Add the minced garlic and black pepper to the pan and stir until fragrant but not browned (about 1 minute).
  • Add the Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce to the pan and increase heat to medium-high.
  • Bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in red pepper flakes (if using). Let cool before serving or transferring to an airtight container for storage.

Notes

  • If you don’t have Worcestershire sauce, you can substitute it with a mixture of balsamic vinegar and tamari.
  • If you want a spicier version of the Original Zip Sauce, add more red pepper flakes or use a hotter variety.
  • Add some freshly chopped herbs like parsley or cilantro for an extra fresh flavor.
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Nutrition Information

One serving of Original Zip Sauce provides approximately:

  • Calories: 87
  • Total fat: 9g
  • Saturated fat: 5.6g 
  • Cholesterol: 21mg
  • Sodium: 464mg
  • Carbohydrates: 0.6g
  • Protein: 0.4g

What to serve with Original Zip Sauce?

Original Zip Sauce is versatile and goes well with a variety of dishes. Serve it as a dip, glaze, or marinade for grilled meats, steak, roasted vegetables, seafood, and more! It can also be used as a condiment for sandwiches, burgers, and wraps.

How to store leftover Original Zip Sauce?

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, simply microwave or heat on the stovetop until warmed through. Also, you can freeze any remaining sauce for up to 3 months.

Can pregnant women eat this?

Yes, pregnant women can safely enjoy Original zip sauce in moderation. However, always check with your doctor before consuming any new foods while pregnant. Besides, make sure to always use fresh ingredients and cook the sauce thoroughly.

FAQs

Is this Original Zip Sauce spicy?

The Original Zip Sauce contains only a small amount of red pepper flakes, so it is not overly spicy. However, if you want a spicier version, add more red pepper flakes or use a hotter variety.

Does the Original Zip Sauce contain gluten?

No, the Original Zip Sauce is gluten-free.

Wrapping Up

Thanks for reading this guide on the original zip sauce recipe. I hope you’ve found this guide helpful and informative. To sum up, I just want to say that Original zip sauce is a delicious and versatile condiment that can be used as a dip, marinade or glaze for a variety of dishes.

It’s easy to make with just a few simple ingredients and takes only minutes to prepare. Serve it with grilled meats, roasted vegetables, or seafood or as a condiment for sandwiches and wraps.

Please share it with your friends and family who love to cook up a storm in the kitchen!

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My name is Lori Walker. I’m a registered dietitian, food blogger and food enthusiast. I share easy healthy, delicious recipes on my blog and review necessary kitchen items. The recipes I share take less… Read more

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