5 Condiments You Need in Your Student Meals to Make Them Amazing!

For Tasty Thursday I want to look at seasonings and spices. They are the best way to make a bland meal taste amazing. You already likely have tomato ketchup, salt, and pepper in your student meals, so I won’t include them on the list. If you don’t, get them! They will quickly add something to your meals, especially the salt and pepper.

These five condiments are ones that you will usually see in recipes. They’re those that you’ll see on a menu and think about buying them now and again. They last a good while, so while they can initially seem expensive they aren’t too bad over the long term.

Here are the five condiments you need in your student meals to make them instantly amazing!

Student meals need these condiments

Hot Chilli Sauce

This is a number one must. It’s my favourite because it adds instant spice to any meal. You can buy it in small and large bottles, but I suggest small ones to help you get used to the kick. I don’t use it as much now because I have two kids that don’t really like spice (I know!) but it’s perfect for those meals that the kids aren’t eating with us.

You can use hot chilli sauce in absolutely anything. Pop it in a Bolognese sauce or as a topping with your cheese for your lasagne. Add it on top of pizzas and use it on your hot dogs. You’ll soon wonder what meals tasted without it.

Nutella Spread

Okay, so this isn’t technically a condiment but you need it in your life. There are other non-branded options but there’s nothing as good as Nutella. I say that as someone who has opted for non-branded options a lot but always gone back to the main favourite.

Nutella Hazelnut Spread, 26.5oz
You’ll be surprised at how you can use it in your day. This isn’t just for spreading on toast. Mix it into your porridge or has a couple of tablespoons on the side of a plate for spreading on fruit. You can also use it in desserts to create your chocolaty heaven.

Do not leave the supermarket without it!

One thing that I love about the middle-sized Nutella jars is that you can wash them out and have them as glasses when you’ve finished! If a glass breaks in your student accommodation, it’s quickly replaced without spending too much extra money.

Dijon Mustard

This was something that I only really used when eating beef or pork. Because I don’t like gravy, it became a way to add a little more flavour to the meat and potatoes. But it’s also an excellent condiment for other recipes. In fact, the more recipes I make the more I realise just how much it can be used.

Add it to some mayo for an instant kick or use it with a cheese sauce. You can add it to burgers and more. Just have a small jar in the cupboard and it will go a long way.

BBQ Sauce

You will already have the ketchup, but what about the BBQ sauce? If you don’t have it already, make sure you stock your cupboard with it. This is delicious on so many foods and perfect for many recipes.

Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce 2/40 Ounce
It’s a great replacement for chilli sauce if you don’t like spicy. You get a sweet and tangy flavouring instead. I love it with chicken and bacon!

If you really want a kick, add some chilli sauce to your BBQ sauce. It’ll blow your mind!

Maple Bourbon Ketchup

This is one that you’ll need to make, but it’s a boozy condiment that you want to add to your shelf and use in various student meals. All your friends will be over the next time you have burgers to get their fix. The great news is that it’s super simple to make and it really doesn’t take that long.

If you don’t like maple syrup, you can replace it with honey but it’s not as good. Get pure Canadian maple syrup to gain health benefits at the same time!


  • 2tsp black peppercorns
  • 1tsp coriander seeds
  • 2lts tomato puree
  • 7 cardamom pods
  • 240ml of maple syrup
  • 60ml bourbon
  • 2tsp salt
  • 120ml apple cider vinegar
  • 2tsp fish sauce


  1. Wrap the peppercorns, coriander and cardamom in a cheesecloth and place in your tomatos
  2. Mix the tomato puree, bourbon, syrup and salt to a pan with the cheesecloth and bring to a boil, before reducing the heat and simmering
  3. The mixture will darken and you need to stir frequently, waiting for the liquid to reduce by a third
  4. Add in the vinegar and fish sauce, stirring to combine
  5. Remove the cheesecloth from the mixture and then remove the sauce from the heat
  6. Pour the mixture into your jars and place in the fridge

This will last longer if you can reseal your jars, but I know this won’t be on your list of things to have. I never did. The sauce will last 4-6 weeks, so make it before a barbeque or when you know you’ll use it up.

You can reduce the ingredient size or even freeze any excess sauce if you want to save money and avoid waste.

Add these condiments to your student accommodation. There will always be a reason to use them and you’ll find your meals taste so much better. They’re the favourites in our house!

What’s your favourite condiment to use in your student meals amazing? Share your wisdom in the comments below.


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