Mint sauce is a British classic, it goes perfectly with roast lamb and it is SO easy to make. Just 4 ingredients is all you need for an impressive sauce that will take your roast dinner to the next level. Follow all our tips for how to make mint sauce.
This vibrant homemade mint sauce is made using fresh mint, some water, sugar and vinegar - that's all. It takes less than 10 minutes to make, and as well as tasting better than store bought, it's cheaper too. Serve it with roast lamb for a Sunday British classic.
Why you will love it
- Quick and easy - It takes less than 10 minutes to make this recipe for mint sauce and it's as simple as mixing everything together.
- Better than store bought - You just can't beat homemade mint sauce as it's so fresh and minimal ingredients too. No added preservatives and just 4 ingredients.
- Cheap - Apart from the fresh mint, you probably have all the ingredients you need to make this sauce. It's much cheaper to make it yourself than it is to buy it.
- Goes perfectly with lamb - You can't beat the combination of mint and lamb. The sweetness of the lamb balances well with the tang from the mint sauce. Lamb used to be a lot fattier than it is today, so the mint and vinegar helped to cut through that, which is why they are traditionally served together.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Mint - You just want to buy regular mint for this. Not peppermint, as that won't work. It might look like a lot of mint, but it does wilt down with the boiling water.
- Water - Add boiling water to the fresh mint, as this will help to soften it and bring out the flavour.
- Vinegar - We used white wine vinegar. It is nice and sharp and gives that tang that mint sauce has. It is also clear, so won't darken the sauce. Don't use malt vinegar as it's too dark and the flavour is overpowering too. You could use apple cider vinegar if you prefer.
- Sugar - You can use caster sugar or granulated white sugar for this mint sauce recipe.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to make mint sauce - Step by step
One: Add the chopped mint to a jug or bowl.
Two: Add the sugar.
Three: Add the boiled water and stir well. Leave to cool, about 5 minutes.
Four: Once cooled, add the vinegar. Stir again and serve.
What to serve with Mint Sauce
If you want some more lamb recipes that would be perfect with this mint sauce, why not try one of these:
Mint and courgettes are also a delicious combination - some sautéed courgette with lemon would be good drizzled with this. We also love roasted new potatoes smothered in this sauce.
The secret to a really good mint sauce is to not chop the mint too fine. It does need to be well chopped, but keeping some texture to it is nice.
Do not use a blender to make this sauce, as it will turn it into a mushy mess.
Store: You can store it and we recommend making it in advance and keeping it in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving to let the flavours come together. However, the mint will start to lose its vibrant colour any longer than that. If you do have leftovers, then they can be stored in a bowl wrapped in cling film for up to 3 days. If you wanted to keep it longer, then make sure all the mint is covered in the vinegar mixer and it is in a sealed sterilised jar. Then you can keep it for up to 2 months.
Freeze: We don't recommend freezing mint sauce.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, as long as you are using white wine vinegar and not malt, then this is gluten free. Just make sure there is no cross contamination.
Yes, this recipe is vegan.
No, do not use a blender to make this as it will turn it in to pulp. You still want to have some texture in this sauce.
• Make sure you strip all the leaves off the stalks, as you don't want to chop up any stalks.
• Make your homemade mint sauce at least 2 hours in advance and then keep in the fridge until you are ready to serve. This will allow all the flavours to come together.
• Some people like their mint sauce really sharp, others like it really sweet. Feel free to adjust the amount of sugar and vinegar added to suit your own tastes.
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Homemade Mint Sauce
- 35 g Fresh mint - finely chopped
- 2 tablespoon Sugar - granulated
- 6 tablespoon Water - boiling
- 4 tablespoon White wine vinegar
- Add the chopped mint to a jug or bowl.35 g Fresh mint
- Add the sugar.2 tablespoon Sugar
- Add the boiled water and stir well. Leave to cool, about 5 minutes.6 tablespoon Water
- Once cooled, add the vinegar. Stir again and serve.4 tablespoon White wine vinegar
- Make sure you strip all the leaves off the stalks, as you don't want to chop up any stalks.
- Make your homemade mint sauce at least 2 hours in advance and then keep in the fridge until you are ready to serve. This will allow all the flavours to come together.
- Some people like their mint sauce really sharp, others like it really sweet. Feel free to adjust the amount of sugar and vinegar added to suit your own tastes.