10 condiments you need to use, according to chefs

Elena Shashkina/ShutterstockTo help up your culinary game, we asked expert chefs to share some of their all-time favourite condiments they absolutely swear by.
  • To help up your culinary game without any hesitation, we asked expert chefs to share some of their all-time favourite condiments they absolutely swear by.
  • “Burnt & Salty Korean Mustard literally makes everything better,” said chef Anthony DiBernardo.
  • Adding fresh herbs is a simple but effective way to spruce up a meal.
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There’s no denying that some handy condiments can practically up the flavour of any dish, as special spices, sauces, and even salts can provide your dishes with a sweet, smoky, or savoury taste that’s definitely worth indulging in.

And while ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise may come to mind when you think about basic condiments to use in the kitchen, it’s worth mentioning that there are other exotic condiments worth exploring, as chefs suggest that spices like kanzuri, chilli oils, and pickled onions can easily give your meals that boost of undeniable yumminess they deserve.

To help up your culinary game without any hesitation, we asked expert chefs to share some of their all-time favourite condiments they absolutely swear by.

From yuzo to curtido, below are 11 different condiments suggestions they say are totally worth checking out.


Use Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise.

CostcoYou’ll be able to make a lot of chicken salad with this.

“I’m such a snob (chefs are very particular) when it comes to mayo,” said chef Heather Terhune, executive chef of Tre Rivali and The Outsider rooftop in Milwaukee. “Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise is one of my favourite condiments because it’s the best out there,” she said.


Invest in Burnt & Salt Korean Mustard.

Burnt and Salty‘Burnt & Salty Korean Mustard literally makes everything better,’ said chef Anthony DiBernardo.

Burnt & Salty Korean Mustard literally makes everything better,” said chef Anthony DiBernardo, owner and pitmaster of Swig & Swine in Charleston, South Carolina. “I put it on fried chicken, wings, steaks, and on pulled pork sandwiches, as it adds a bold savoury flavour I can’t get enough of.”


Give Kanzuri a try.

Toiro KitchenKanzuri is ‘an aged Japanese chilli paste that really packs a unique punch,’ said chef Brian Szostak.

“I like to have a little spice in my food whether it’s at work or at home,” said chef Brian Szostak, executive chef of the Bridgehampton Inn Restaurant in New York. “Kanzuri has been my new go-to condiment of choice, as it’s an aged Japanese chilli paste that really packs a unique punch.”


Grab some Blank Slate Szechuan Chilli Oil.

Blank Slate KitchenThis chilli oil has been infused with 11 different spices.

“In case you’re not familiar with it, this is a chilli oil that’s been infused with 11 different spices, then poured over chillis and Sichuan peppercorns that have been crushed and toasted,” said chef David Elkins, executive chef at Murray’s Cheese. “It’s more versatile than most people think, as I love mixing it in with simply roasted vegetables, using it as a meat marinade, or for a cheese pairing.”


Cook with some Green Cayenne Pickle.

Andrey Starostin/ShutterstockChef James Beard uses Green Cayenne Pickle ‘with eggs, chicken, and curried vegetables.’

“This provides the perfect spice and zing to enhance anything you are eating,” said James Beard-nominated executive chef of Saffron NoLa, Arvinder Vilkhu. “I call it my ketchup, as I like to use it with eggs, chicken, and curried vegetables.”


Give Mae Ploy Chilli Sauce a try.

WalmartMae Ploy is a sweet Thai chilli sauce.

“This is a sweet Thai sauce with spicy chilli flakes sprinkled throughout,” said chef Joe Flamm, executive chef of Chicago’s Michelin-starred Italian restaurant, Spiaggia. “I love it on fried rice, noodles, ramen, and chicken.”


Yuzu works very well in vinaigrettes.

maroke/Shutterstock‘This citrus tastes like lemons and limes that are spliced together,’ said chef Brian Bennett.

“This citrus tastes like lemons and limes that are spliced together,” said chef Brian Bennett, executive chef of Eat Clean Bro, a top-rated meal prep company. “I enjoy using it to make vinaigrettes, as it pairs amazingly with raw fish.”


Don’t shy away from pickled onions.

Elena Shashkina/Shutterstock‘Pickled onions are a great addition to any salad,’ Bennett told INSIDER.

“Pickled onions are a great addition to any salad,” Bennett told INSIDER. “It’s a great way to preserve fruits and vegetables in their off seasons too.”


Curtido can be a great sauerkraut substitute.

Natasa Kozic/ShutterstockCurtido is a ‘lightly fermented cabbage relish,’ said chef Christine Ruch.

“This is a lightly fermented cabbage relish made with cabbage, onions, carrots, oregano, and sometimes lime juice,” said chef Christine Ruch at Fresh Thymes in Boulder, Colorado. “It resembles sauerkraut, kimchi, or tart coleslaw (put on burgers, sandwiches, salads, grain bowls, or eat alone!)”


Use fresh herbs.

marcin jucha/Shutterstock‘One of my favourite herbs is fennel because of its unique flavour and texture,’ said chef Keith Norman.

“One of my favourite herbs is fennel because of its unique flavour and texture,” said chef Keith Norman, food safety manager and assistant executive chef for South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa. “Rosemary is another favourite for its bold flavour.”

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