Trinidad Garlic Sauce Recipe

Garlic sauce is a popular condiment in Trinidad and Tobago. It is a must-have on fried street food like bake and shark, fried chicken, and more.

This garlic sauce recipe is so simple to make and requires mayonnaise, garlic, chadon beni, citrus juice and a couple other ingredients all blended together.

garlic sauce trini style

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Garlic sauce ingredients

To make this recipe, you will need:

  • garlic
  • mayonnaise: regular or egg-free mayonnaise can be used here.
  • chadon beni leaves: also called recao or culantro or Thai parsley or bandhania. You can find fresh and dried chadon beni at Caribbean and Asian stores or on Amazon. If this is not available, then use cilantro leaves as a substitute.
  • citrus juice: lemon juice or lime juice works great.
  • sugar: this balances the sharpness of the garlic. You can try any sweetener of your choice but white granulated sugar is most often used.
  • salt
  • pepper: black pepper is a great option but fresh pepper or pepper sauce can also be added for a spicy kick.
  • water

Feel free to make this recipe your own. Add in chives, mustard and even extra chadon beni leaves for a garlic chadon beni sauce. The sauce is great on its own but have fun experimenting with it!

How to make Trini garlic sauce

Prep the ingredients

Step 1: Peel the garlic, rinse and set aside. Wash the citrus of your choice, squeeze the juice and remove the seeds. Give the chadon beni leaves a good wash to remove any dirt.

Blend the ingredients

Step 2: Add all the ingredients to your blender. The garlic, mayo, chadon beni, citrus juice, sugar, salt, pepper and water should be in there along with any optional ingredients. Here’s a look at everything in the Nutri cup of my Ninja kitchen system.

garlic sauce ingredients

Step 3: Blend the ingredients until you have a smooth garlic sauce. If you want a very thick garlic sauce, reduce the water and for a thinner sauce, add more water.

blended trinidad garlic sauce

Step 4: Use the garlic sauce straight away or add it to a clean pour bottle and refrigerate. It should last a few days in the fridge.

Garlic Sauce Recipe

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Trinidad garlic sauce

This garlic sauce recipe is simple to make with mayonnaise, garlic, chadon beni, citrus juice, and more. It is perfect for fried foods, especially bake and shark and your favorite chicken sandwich.
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Caribbean
Keyword: garlic sauce
Servings: 8
Author: Ros Singh


  • Blender


  • 5 garlic cloves (peeled)
  • ¾ cup mayo
  • 3 chadon beni leaves
  • tbsp lime juice (or lemon)
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt (adjust to taste)
  • ¼ tsp black pepper (or fresh pepper) (adjust to taste)
  • tbsp water


  • Peel garlic and rinse.
  • Rinse chadon beni leaves.
  • Rinse lime, cut, squeeze and remove any seeds.
  • Blend all ingredients until smooth.
  • Taste test and adjust flavors like salt and pepper.
  • Serve immediately or bottle and store in the fridge.


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