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10 Best Curry Sauces in a Jar in the UK 2021

Cooking up a delicious curry is easier than you think with the perfect sauce. Whether you fancy Indian, Chinese, Japanese or Thai, there are plenty of ready-made sauces in a jar which you can buy online and prepare in minutes at home. Others contain concentrated curry paste and are spectacularly simple to prepare. But which brand's recipe is the best?

Skip the supermarket and browse our list to discover the top curry sauces you can buy in the UK; from Tesco to ASDA, by brands like Patak's, Blue Dragon and Sharwood's too. Whether it's a subtle chicken korma, a red beef curry or a tangy dollop of chip shop curry sauce you love, we’ve searched high and low for the best easy-to-cook products to help you satisfy your craving. 
  • Last updated: 17-03-2021
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How to Choose a Curry Sauce in a Jar in the UK – Buying Guide

If you’re already staring at the office clock and it’s not even lunchtime, our breakdown of the best way to pick a curry sauce should help you select your favourite and have it ordered and (if you’re very quick!) delivered in time for tea. Here’s how to track down the yummiest curry sauce possible.

Which Kind of Curry Will You Choose? Pick According to Spice Tolerance or Favourite Dishes

First, narrow down which cuisine you prefer for a curry sauce that will hit the spot. Whether you have family from a particular country, want to relive the memories from a holiday or you’re a sucker for spice, it’s good to think about which country you want to venture to in the kitchen this evening.

Indian Curries – Packed With Flavour and Brilliant for Meat Lovers and Veggies Alike

Indian Curries – Packed With Flavour and Brilliant for Meat Lovers and Veggies Alike
India: home of the sizzling, mouth-watering jalfrezi, the creamy, coconutty korma and the flaming-hot vindaloo. Indian curries can contain beef, lamb or chicken but also work brilliant as veggie options thanks to their big flavours. 

Using spices like turmeric, coriander, garam masala and bags of chilli powder to boot, Indian curries tend to pack a spicy punch. Tikka masala is another of the UK’s favourite dishes, actually thought to have originated here when Indian restaurant owners created a milder curry for sensitive British tongues.

Indian curries can be cooked with vegetables like spinach, potato, tomato and chickpeas and taste magnificent served up with rice, poppadoms, raita, naan bread and lime pickle – perfect for recreating your favourite takeaway for less!

Thai Curries – Fragrant, Coconut-Laced Curries With Lots of Spice

Thai Curries – Fragrant, Coconut-Laced Curries With Lots of Spice
For an exquisite, delicate flavour, Thai curries are an excellent choice. Often creamy with coconut milk and served with a spicy side of crunchy prawn crackers, Thai favourites in the UK are dishes like red, green and yellow curry which have an unmistakably moreish taste.
Lemon grass, ginger and garlic are what set Thai curries apart, and they are often made with chicken but work just as well with mushroom or tofu if you don’t eat meat. Though it’s hard to recreate authentic Thai flavours in your kitchen at home, a good curry paste should get you at least half way there.

Chinese Curries – Hot, Rich and Straightforward to Recreate at Home

Chinese Curries – Hot, Rich and Straightforward to Recreate at Home
Chinese curries are perhaps not as widespread in UK cuisine as other curries, but they’re just as delicious. They can also be much quicker to make than slow-simmered Indian or Thai curries.

Whether you want to recreate a curry like your grandma makes or you simply love the hot and sour flavour combinations of Hong Kong and Chinese curry dishes, they are a tasty option and work brilliantly with veg like onions and green peppers plus any sort of meat or fish you fancy.

Japanese Curry – Has a Hearty Texture and Works Well With a Range of Meat and Veg

Japanese Curry – Has a Hearty Texture and Works Well With a Range of Meat and Veg
While here in the UK the best-loved Japanese cuisine is probably sushi, chains like Wagamama have also made delicious Japanese katsu curry popular too. But eating in chain restaurants kills some of the magic of the hearty Japanese curry flavour.
Japanese curry has a thick, substantial texture and can be prepared easily at home with a ready-made sauce. It often contains meats (breaded pork or chicken are popular) but it can be prepared with vegetables too for variety.

Try Chip Shop Curry Sauce for a Proper British Take on Curry

Try Chip Shop Curry Sauce for a Proper British Take on Curry
For a truly British interpretation of curry, get yourself some fruity chip shop style sauce so you can bring the joys of a 5am food outlet to your cosy kitchen.
Tangy, sweet and ideal with chips, a golden splash of curry sauce on an enormous plate of soggy deep-fried potatoes is – for some! – the ultimate comfort food. Having a stash at home means you won’t need to sprint to the nearest chippy for the fusion-food triumph that is curry and chips in one mouthful.

Hot Hot Heat: Keep in Mind How Much Spice You Can Handle Before You Buy

Hot Hot Heat: Keep in Mind How Much Spice You Can Handle Before You Buy
Next, it's wise keeping a look out on the jar or packet for the amount of spice you want in your food. 

If you find too much spice overwhelms the flavour and/or your enjoyment of a curry, stick with ready-made sauces listed as ‘mild’ or ‘medium’ such as korma and pasanda, dhansak and Britain’s alleged favourite: the tikka masala. They will often have just 1 or 2 chilli peppers on the jar or packaging.


If you grew up eating fiery curries or you love a spicy kick, you may want to pick a sauce labelled ‘hot’ or ‘very hot’ such as madras, jalfrezi, phall or vindaloo, which may have 3 chilli peppers (or more!) to indicate its spice level. Stock up on extra raita yoghurt to serve – or maybe some soothing mango sorbet for pudding!

Decide What Type of Product Will Suit Your Cooking Style Best

Now that you’re a bit clearer on the kinds of flavours, ingredients and heat you want in your perfect curry sauce, it’s time to think about the cooking process itself. The best product for you will depend on your lifestyle, cooking expertise and how much time you have to actually make the curry.

For the Quickest and Easiest Curry, Use a Ready-Made Sauce in a Jar or Packet

For the Quickest and Easiest Curry, Use a Ready-Made Sauce in a Jar or Packet
When your schedule is full from morning to night with work, play and a never-ending to-do list, it can be nearly impossible to fathom cooking a nutritious, tasty meal come dinnertime. Curry sauces that come pre-prepared and ready mixed in a jar or packet could not be simpler. Simply heat up, pour over rice and ta-dah! Spicy deliciousness in moments.
Obviously the biggest benefit from jar-to-saucepan curry products like these is the time you’ll save, but the key drawback is you can’t do much to change the flavour and any extra veggies you add may not always be an ideal flavour match. Let the experts do the hard work for you and enjoy them as they are.

Pastes, Kits, and Curry Roux Can Be More Authentic, But Require Extra Prep

Pastes, Kits, and Curry Roux Can Be More Authentic, But Require Extra Prep
Curry pastes (which are basically a pre-mixed blend of garlic, oil, chilli and spices) give you a little bit more creative freedom when you’re cooking, so they work well if you are keen to make a truly delicious curry with a classy or more complicated recipe. 

Kits may contain other extras along with a curry paste, such as powdered spices or coconut milk, saving you time hunting them all down. 

Another bonus with pastes, kits, and curry roux is they often feel more authentic as you can combine fresher ingredients and cook them to perfection, rather than simply pouring sauce from a jar. The downside is they require more time and buying the extra vegetables or spices will probably cost more overall.

Gluten-Free or Vegan? Think About Dietary Requirements

Gluten-Free or Vegan? Think About Dietary Requirements
Another key point to remember is any dietary requirement that you (or the people you’re cooking for) may have. Keep an eye on the ingredients list for anything you or your guests are allergic to such as wheat, gluten or nuts

It’s also important to check if sauces are vegetarian or vegan – as even vegetable-based curry sauces could contain fish flavourings, milk or cream.

Be Sure the Packet or Jar Is Big Enough to Feed Everyone

Be Sure the Packet or Jar Is Big Enough to Feed Everyone
The last thing you want is to whip up your curry masterpiece only to find there’s not enough to go around. For instance, if you’ve got a long guest list you might want to buy an extra jar to cater to everyone who’ll be eating

The average jar of curry sauce makes enough for two or three servings, but read the small print on the packaging to be sure you won’t run out before serving, or worse, end up with a flavourless curry that you've added too many portions of meat and veggies to! 

10 Best Curry Sauces in a Jar in the UK

Now comes the fun part – a rundown of the best curry sauces you can buy online this year. From Thailand to India, Japan to the friendly British streets of Bradford, there are enough jars and pouches of yummy-ness on this list to perk up every possible palette. Here we go!

10
CuisineIndian
TypeSauce
HeatHot
Suitable ForVegetarians, vegans
Allergy AdviceMay contain sesame
Number of Servings4
9
CuisineIndian
TypeSauce
HeatMedium
Suitable ForVegetarians
Allergy AdviceMay contain nuts
Number of Servings2-3
8

Simply CookChicken Katsu Recipe Kit

£2.50

CuisineJapanese
TypeKit
HeatMild
Suitable For-
Allergy AdviceSoya, wheat
Number of Servings2
7

Harry Ramsden’s Chip Shop Style Curry Sauce

Pack of 15

£7.90

CuisineIndian/British
TypeSauce mix
HeatMild
Suitable ForVegetarians
Allergy AdviceMay contain barley, egg, soya, milk, celery & mustard
Number of Servings15
6

GoldfishHot and Spicy Chinese Curry Sauce Concentrate

£2.75

CuisineChinese
TypePaste (concentrate)
HeatHot
Suitable ForVegetarians, vegans
Allergy AdviceMay contain soya & celery
Number of ServingsUp to 20
5
CuisineIndian
TypeSauce
HeatMedium hot
Suitable ForVegetarians
Allergy AdviceGluten-free. May contain nuts & peanuts
Number of Servings4
4
CuisineThai
TypeKit
HeatMedium
Suitable ForVegetarians, vegans
Allergy AdviceMay contain nuts & sesame
Number of Servings2
3
CuisineIndian
TypeSauce
HeatMild
Suitable ForVegetarians, vegans
Allergy AdviceGluten-free, nut-free
Number of Servings6
2
CuisineIndian
TypeSauce and spice sachets
HeatHot
Suitable ForVegetarians
Allergy AdviceContains mustard
Number of Servings2-3
1
CuisineThai
TypePaste
HeatMedium
Suitable ForHalal
Allergy AdviceContains crustaceans
Number of ServingsUp to 10

Compare the Best Curry Sauces

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1
Mae Ploy Green Curry Paste 1

Mae Ploy

2
The Spice Tailor Fiery Goan Curry 1

The Spice Tailor

3
Holy Cow! Mangalore Malabar Curry Sauce 1

Holy Cow!

4
Blue Dragon Thai Red Curry Kit 1

Blue Dragon

5
Pataks Rogan Josh Curry Sauce 1

Pataks

6
Goldfish Hot and Spicy Chinese Curry Sauce Concentrate 1

Goldfish

7
Harry Ramsden’s  Chip Shop Style Curry Sauce 1

Harry Ramsden’s

8
Simply Cook Chicken Katsu Recipe Kit 1

Simply Cook

9
Loyd Grossman  Tikka Masala Sauce 1

Loyd Grossman

10
Sharwood’s  Jalfrezi Curry Sauce 1

Sharwood’s

Name

Green Curry Paste

Fiery Goan Curry

Mangalore Malabar Curry Sauce

Thai Red Curry Kit

Rogan Josh Curry Sauce

Hot and Spicy Chinese Curry Sauce Concentrate

Chip Shop Style Curry Sauce

Chicken Katsu Recipe Kit

Tikka Masala Sauce

Jalfrezi Curry Sauce

Features

The Easiest Way to an Authentic Thai Curry

A Fresh, Authentic Indian Feast

Bring Authentic Spice to Your UK Kitchen

An Award-Winning Kit That's Easy to Cook

Mouth-Wateringly Simple Indian Curry for a Snip

Rich and Thick for Depth of Flavour

The Great British Tradition

Simple Steps to Katsu Perfection

Low On Authenticity But High on Taste

A Straightforward Classic for Four With Minimal Fuss

Price£2.25£2.90£1.00£2.70£1.25£2.75£7.90£2.50£1.85£1.25
CuisineThaiIndianIndianThaiIndianChineseIndian/BritishJapaneseIndianIndian
TypePasteSauce and spice sachetsSauceKitSaucePaste (concentrate)Sauce mixKitSauceSauce
HeatMediumHotMildMediumMedium hotHotMildMildMediumHot
Suitable ForHalalVegetariansVegetarians, vegansVegetarians, vegansVegetariansVegetarians, vegans Vegetarians-VegetariansVegetarians, vegans
Allergy AdviceContains crustaceansContains mustardGluten-free, nut-freeMay contain nuts & sesameGluten-free. May contain nuts & peanutsMay contain soya & celeryMay contain barley, egg, soya, milk, celery & mustardSoya, wheatMay contain nutsMay contain sesame
Number of ServingsUp to 102-3624Up to 201522-34
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More Lip-Smacking Additions to Dinnertime

More Lip-Smacking Additions to Dinnertime

Looking for more quality spices and sauces from around the world to transform a packet of rice and some bendy veg into a plateful of flavour? Below are three more delectable culinary shopping guides we think you'll love! 

Summary

We’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to: A simple rundown of the best curry sauces you can have delivered straight to your home faster than you can say ‘korma.’ Whether you went for low-fat, natural ingredients, a vegan sauce or authentic traditional flavours, what could be easier or more fun than a flavourful curry straight from the jar or packet?

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