If you are like me, you love the garlic dipping sauce from Papa John’s. I love this buttery garlic sauce. It is the perfect dipping sauce for pizza. What is the best part of this Papa John’s copycat recipe? Not running out of this creamy garlic dipping sauce on homemade pizza night!
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Creamy Garlic Butter Dipping Sauce
You might wonder how you can make your garlic dipping sauce for pizza like Papa John’s. I have a recipe for you. Papa John’s garlic dipping sauce is a creamy garlic sauce that is perfect to dip those pizza crusts into.
When you make it from scratch, you can use it for so many more things. You can spread it on bread for a simple garlic toast, or even spread some on a steak just before serving.
Why This is the Best Papa John’s Garlic Sauce Recipe
There are a couple of reasons my copycat recipe is better than all the others:
- Liquid Margarine – It’s the real secret to this recipe. Papa John’s doesn’t use butter and so margarine is the right ingredient to use.
- Consistency – My copycat sauce has the same consistency as Papa John’s sauce. It’s thick and creamy and not melted.
Garlic Sauce Recipe Ingredients
Here’s what you need:
- Garlic – use fresh garlic cloves
- Liquid Margarine
Yes, just 2 simple ingredients are all you need!
Ingredient Notes about Papa John’s garlic dipping sauce
Fresh garlic is key and grating the garlic cloves brings out the flavor and gives it the right texture. Chopped garlic will make the sauce lumpy and you want the sauce to be smooth. Use a Microplane grater for best results.
I recommend using Parkay Squeeze Margarine because it is the closest match to the margarine Papa John’s uses in the sauce, if you will note their sauce has a creamy consistency. This recipe will have the closest sauce consistency of any recipe you will try. Many recipes use garlic powder, but garlic powder does not dissolve, because of this I do not recommend using it.
How to Make Garlic Butter Sauce
- Peel and grate the garlic.
- Place the grated garlic in a small bowl and add the margarine.
- Stir to combine.
- Let it rest for at least 20 minutes.
What to Serve with Garlic Sauce
Pizza and breadsticks are the perfect companions to this sauce. You can also use it for:
- Baked Potatoes – use it instead of plain butter.
- Mashed Potatoes – great for making garlic mashed potatoes.
- Pasta – for a simple garlic pasta dish.
- Seafood – melt it for dipping lobster or shrimp into it.
- Steak – spread it on while the steak is hot.
- Vegetables – great for adding flavor to steamed or roasted veggies.
How to Store Garlic Dipping Sauce
Place the sauce in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator. It will last for 4 to 5 days.
If you love garlic, you should make garlic aioli and garlic wings.
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- Red Lobster Coconut Shrimp Sauce
- Red Robin Campfire Sauce
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Papa John’s Garlic Sauce
- 1/4 cup liquid margarine Parkay squeeze margarine recommended
- 2 to 3 teaspoons grated garlic about 4 garlic cloves
- In a small bowl, combine the grated garlic and the liquid margarine, and stir well.
- Allow the garlic sauce to rest for about 20 minutes.
- Serve with pizza.
Does it not burn considering you’ve used raw garlic?
This does not burn.
A table of contents for a recipe that is “stir together two ingredients” – its like the author knows theyre making fun of what recipe websites have become.
Made this today following the directions per recipe and video exactly, Liquid Parkay spread with fresh GRATED garlic. It was so good that I ended up making a whole bottle’s worth to keep on hand.
Thank you so much for this great information, it helps me a lot
I use roasted garlic I make and clarify a salted butter.i keep a small mason jar of it in the pantry at all times to go with homemade pizza crust,sauce,bacon and onion jam.for pizzas anytime.
I need to do this, this is brilliant!
Awesome idea. Hahahaha. Going to try it!!
I loved it, I could drink it by the gallon.
I mix 1/2 olive oil, 1/2 butter
And a pinch of oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
Now no one has to fight over the garlic butter. Yes!
I would like to mention that Papa John’s sauce is not vegan. Lactic acid comes from milk. Very misleading.
Industry lactic acid does not come from milk, bacteria produce it. Many vegan products contain it.
I found that the most effective way to recreate the sauce is to not entirely melt the butter, so it remains partially a solid. This way, when you mid your Salt and garlic powder in, nothing falls to the bottom. The soft, sticky butter hold all the seasonings the same.
Will salted butter suffice?
Yes it will work.
Some of the confusion in the comments in regards to the garlic not mixing in a probably due to semantics. Many people call granualized garlic, garlic powder when they are 2 very different things. I would not expect granualized garlic to mix very well, where as garlic power would.
The picture can’t be correct. The garlic powder doesn’t dissolve and just sits as a brown powder below the clarified butter. This was a waste of butter.
Try a different form of garlic instead of the garlic powder. I used a garlic paste out of a tube since I didn’t have any powder on hand, and it worked fine. Also, if using salted butter, it doesn’t really need any more salt. I have also created it just using Smart Balance in a microwave, and that was much less of a hassle, too.
Lemon butter works too 🙂
You should try a different brand then!
If you use crushed garlic rather than garlic powder, how much would you use? Thank you
@judith as much as you please! ^_^