Basics in Haitian Cuisine

Sòs (Haitian Sauce / Gravy)

I know most of my post I start it off with the phrase “Haitian’s love…” but for this post that phrase has never been truer. Haitian’s love sauce; serving food without sauce is like a crime because you will definitely have someone ask “Kote sòs lan” (where is the sauce). Without sauce our diri (rice) and mayi moulen (polenta) would be dry and not very appealing.

This recipe is similar to Sòs Ti-Malice (a popular condiment in Haitian cuisine) but is not quite the same, same concept but not the same. If you want more information on Sòs Ti-Malice, feel free to click on the link above.

I love spooning this sauce over white rice or any other rice for that matter LOL. I also make this sauce if I make boulèt (Haitian style meatballs) because the meatballs are fried and don’t produce a stock the way chicken or pork would produce when boiled in water. So what I do is add 2-3 meatballs and let it simmer in the sauce and it gives the sauce added flavor, talk about delicious.
While looking at other recipes for Haitian sauce I found that most people start off by heating the oil or butter and sautéing the onions, pepper and tomato paste then adding the water and spices; I do it different as you will see in the video below. Hope you like and try this recipe.

Watch me make Sòs here:

Sòs (Haitian Sauce / Gravy)

Print Recipe
Serves: 8 Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of tomato paste or tomato sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon epis
  • 1/2 tabelspoon pikliz juice or lemon juice or hot pepper sauce
  • 3 cloves or 1/8 teaspoon clove powder
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 cup sliced bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup sliced onions
  • 1 scotch bonnet/hot pepper (optional)



Add water, tomato paste, oil, epis and seasoned salt to a small pot and stir well to combine ingredients and bring to a boil.


Once liquid is boiling add cloves, thyme, pikliz juice, bell peppers and stir. Then add onions and scotch bonnet and continue stirring, being sure not to puncture the scotch bonnet.


Lower heat and let simmer for 5 minutes.

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  • Firegirl3
    May 22, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Can you buy pikliz juice? I cannot seem to locate this ingredient. TY!

  • Manie Chery
    May 23, 2016 at 11:01 am


    No you cannot by pikliz juice. You get it from the pikliz jar; pikliz is a condiment that you would have to make (the recipe is here on my blog). Hope that helps!

  • Unknown
    July 12, 2016 at 11:08 am

    What is epis and where can it be found?

    • Manie Chery
      October 13, 2016 at 12:26 am

      It's a mixture of blended herbs and spices that we Haitians make and add to most of our dishes. I have a recipe here on the blog. Scroll up on this page and you will see it on the right hand side directly above the blog archives. Hope that helps if you didn't figure it out already. Sorry for the late response.

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