Typical Peruvian Salsas, Sauces & Dips

Salsas, sauces or dips are an essential part of the Peruvian cuisine and a must on every table. A Peruvian menu without at least three or four different salsas is incomplete. Peruvians love their salsas and use them literally on any food. Peruvian sauces intensify or vary the unique flavors of local dishes. Nearly all salsas contain typical Peruvian ingredients like aji (chili pepper), Peruvian lime juice and local herbs making them really distinct.

Just be a little cautious when trying a special sauce for the first time: it might be pleasantly spicy or could be incredibly HOT.

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Salsa Criolla

Peruvian Salsas, Sauces & Dips
Salsa Criolla probably is the most important and most popular side dish / sauce in Peru. Prepared with red onions, aji amarillo, the juice of Peruvian limes and some freshly chopped coriander or parsley, Salsa Criolla accompanies many typical local dishes and just has to be on the table when enjoying a great Peruvian meal.

Salsa de Palta

Peruvian Salsas, Sauces & Dips
Guacamole is Mexican, sure; but as the Peruvian version of this famous avocado dip is so popular in the country and accompanies numerous starters and other dishes it just belongs to the Peruvian Salsa section.

Salsa de Aji - Aji Criollo

Peruvian Salsas, Sauces & Dips
Like Salsa Criolla, the hot and spicy Salsa de Aji is an absolute must on every table. Prepared with Peruvian yellow chili and oil, this sauce can be pleasantly spicy with a moderate heat or extremely hot, so be careful when trying.

Salsa de Rocoto

Peruvian Salsas, Sauces & Dips
Salsa de Rocoto is probably one of the most popular Peruvian sauces. Peruvians use this powerful hot sauce on virtually any food and an essential dip on every table.

Salsa Verde de Cilantro

Peruvian Salsas, Sauces & Dips
In Peru you find numerous variations of the classical Green Sauce. Main ingredient surely is coriander, which is blended with oil, Peruvian lime juice, onions, chili peppers and garlic. To make the sauce creamier often mayonnaise or even iceberg lettuce is added.

Mayonesa

Peruvian Salsas, Sauces & Dips
Peruvian Mayonnaise might be prepared the same way as back home. But especially the use of fresh Peruvian lime juice gives the mayonesa peruana a very special flavor. Peruvians love their mayonnaise.

Salsa Ocopa

Peruvian Salsas, Sauces & Dips
Originated in southern Peru in the Arequipa province, Salsa Ocopa is similar in texture to Salsa Huancaina and traditionally as well served with boiled potatoes. But its flavor is very different. Principal ingredient of Salsa Ocopa is the herb Huacatay (Peruvian black mint) which gives the sauce a unique, delicious taste.

Salsa Huancaina – Huancaina Sauce

Peruvian Salsas, Sauces & Dips
Peruvians love salsas, sauces and dips. They are a must on every dining table and complement, enhance or vary the unique flavors of local dishes. One of the most popular sauces in Peru that reflect the soul of the Peruvian cuisine is Salsa Huancaina.
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