Kim's Zippy Sauce Recipe -
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Kim's Zippy Sauce

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"This is the famous zip sauce that goes with steak served locally in Detroit. It really brings out the best in beef, and adds a spicy punch to the flavor."

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  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    1 min

    11 mins


  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, parsley flakes and salt. Mix in the mustard, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, cumin, and cayenne pepper. Warm gently for about a minute. Mix equal parts of the sauce with beef steak drippings to complete the sauce just before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 28, 2006

It's a steak sauce, it's a mult-purpose marinade. It's a varnish stripper. It's everything real men demand of an industrial steak sauce. Forget A-1. This is the real thing. Warning: zip sauce needs to be used only by real men and real women. If you're in doubt about what side of the fence you're on, you're in for a rough ride with this sauce. This is not something you want to just pour on your polite little ribeye. It will refuse to be placed on anything less than a 1.25" thick strip sirloin-- butcher shop stuff-- forget Kroger. Whatever you do, do not put a California freakin' vegetable medley anywhere near this sauce. It'll chase it off the plate, and then turn around and come after you. About the only thing it will tolerate on the same plate is a baked Idaho potato. A wine selection: screw the wine. This sauce demands Scotch, neat. Although I have heard of some folks doing this sauce with a stiff Manhattan. Make sure you do two good ones while the steak is grilling , and then gun down the third before your first bite. You'll be channeling Hunter S. Thompson and Rodney Dangerfield before you wrestle the dog for the last scrap of fat. After you pick yourself off the floor, THEN you can talk about wine. Afterwards, sweep the dishes off the table and grab your partner by the hair and show her what real men and real women do. She'll understand and be ready.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 26, 2007

The sauce is pretty good, but not quite the real thing. I actually work at that little Italian restaurant, and love love love their zip sauce. This was close, but there was some sort of spice/taste that was too strong.


17 Ratings

May 07, 2007

Although tasty, this isn't the closely guarded recipe for zip sauce. I managed an Italian restaurant that served it and have had zip sauce at other Detroit area stores and it never had all these herbs and spices. As I said, the zip sauce recipe is closely guarded, so I don't have it, but it tastes more like a reduced beef broth, butter and soy sauce combination.

Nov 06, 2003

Nice flavor. I adapted the recipe a bit in order to make it into a gravy and I had to use beef bouillon granules because I didn't have any drippings. Despite those changes it still turned out quite well!

Nov 17, 2008

The only recipe I know of for Zip sauce is clarified butter, garlic powder (or finely chopped garlic) and Maggi Sauce. It is not overpowering - it only enhances the taste of the steak!!

Sep 08, 2006

I love the restaurant that serves this zip sauce & have been trying to duplicate it for a while. This is the closest Ive come! Its missing something from the original but this is a very yummy version!

Jul 27, 2006

Really, really good. I put 1/2 tsp of salt instead of a full tsp. And I use olive oil + a little water instead of beef drippings - it's very good like this too.

Jul 14, 2008

I've tried this recipe several times with no luck of it turning remotely similar to the famous zip sauces at the Detroit restuarants (Lelli's, Andiamo, Rochester Chop House, Red Coat, etc). I do have a friend who worked at 2 of the restuarants that serve the zip sause and he WILL NOT give out the recipe but he will make it at home when entertaining. The closest thing I've come to is actually buying the pre packaged Zip Sauce at the local Grocer, you can find it at many of the small Detroit Grocer's, mine Fresh Approach in Royal Oak. Although there are different versions of the recipe, one is gravy like and the other isn't, I perfer mine the thicker, gravy like version, I will add Wondra flour mixed with water to the Zip Sauce I bought, and mix until desired consistency.


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  • Calories
  • 79 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 1.4 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 27 mg
  • 9%
  • Fat
  • 6.3 g
  • 10%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 4.3 g
  • 9%
  • Sodium
  • 415 mg
  • 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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