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Italian-Style XO Sauce

Intensely sweet, salty and smoky, XO sauce packs some serious umami flavour. Originating in Hong Kong, this Italian take uses Mediterranean-inspired ingredients like anchovy paste, garlic paste and prosciutto ham to pack a savoury punch in everything from pasta to meat dishes.
5 min
10 min


  • 1/2 cup (125 mililiters) vegetable oil
  • 3 ounces (84 grams) prosciutto ham , thinly sliced into 1/2-inch (1-cm) long strips
  • 1/2 cup (125 mililiters) thinly sliced onion , about 1/2-inch (1-cm) long strips
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mililiters) minced garlic Substitution Available
    • Gourmet Garden™ Stir-In Garlic Paste
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mililiters) anchovy paste
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mililiters) tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mililiters) thinly sliced sun-dried tomatoes in oil
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mililiters) balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mililiters) Oregano Leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2 mililiters) CLUB HOUSE CRUSHED RED PEPPER
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2 mililiters) Rosemary Leaves , crushed


  • 1 Heat oil in large skillet on medium heat until shimmering. (Oil is hot enough when a few strands of prosciutto sizzle when placed in the skillet). Add prosciutto; cook about 2 minutes, just until crispy. Remove prosciutto from oil using slotted spoon. Drain on paper towel-lined plate.
  • 2 Reduce heat to low and add onions to skillet. Cook 2 minutes until onions begin to soften. Add garlic, anchovy paste and tomato paste; cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in sun-dried tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, oregano, crushed red pepper and rosemary. Cook 30 seconds.
  • 3 Return cooked prosciutto to skillet; cook 1 minute longer. Remove mixture from pan. Allow to cool to room temperature before using. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in refrigerator.
  • 4 Test Kitchen Tips:
    •Try Italian-Style XO Sauce in this recipe for Pork & Broccolini Stir-Fry.
    •XO sauce, the iconic condiment, was first created in Hong Kong. Meant to impress, it is known to be a luxury blend typically made with dried shrimp and scallops, Chinese dry-cured ham, garlic and various chiles. The ingredients, combined in a base of oil, create an intense sweet, salty, rich umami flavour.


(per Serving)

Nutrition information coming soon.