Halifax Donair Sauce Recipe

Halifax Donair Sauce Recipe

Donair sauce is the stuff, if you like it. If you don't, grab some tzitziki. Don't judge the rest of us as we slather on the sweet garlicky goodness that is true Donair Sauce. 

There is debate about which makes the better Donair Sauce - sweetened condensed milk or evaporated milk (aka canned or tinned milk). They both have strong advocates. We aren't wading into that battle. We're giving you BOTH recipes. You decide. 

Personally, Lex usually goes for the sweetened condensed milk version because it is faster. 

Ingredients for Halifax Donair Sauce w/ Sweetened Condensed Milk

  • ⅔c sweetened condensed milk (300ml can)
  • ¼c white vinegar
  • 1t garlic powder


  1. In a bowl, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk, white vinegar, and garlic powder until they are well combined.
  2. Refrigerate the mixture for at least 1 hour before using. It is better if you leave it overnight. 

Ingredients for Halifax Donair Sauce with Evaporated Milk

  • 1 can evaporated milk (354ml can)
  • 3/4 can white sugar  
  • 3T white vinegar
  • 1t garlic powder


  • Empty the can of evaporated milk into a bowl.
  • Using evaporated milk can, measure 3/4 can of sugar and add it to the bowl.
  • Sprinkle garlic powder into the bowl.
  • With a mixer, whisk the contents of the bowl until all the sugar is dissolved and the milk is a little whiter from the aeration. 
  • Slowly add 2 tablespoons of vinegar, whisking about a dozen times. (Be careful not to overmix, since mixing too much when the vinegar has been added will cause the sauce to become too runny and stay that way.)
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight for the best results since it will thicken as it rests.
  • Before using drain out the liquid that has settled at the bottom. That way you'll get the nice thick sauce you are expecting. 

How Long Will It Keep?

 Homemade Donair sauce will last at least a month when stored in an air-tight container in the fridge.

Now I have Halifax Donair Sauce, what do I do with it? 

There are a LOT of things you can do with Halifax Donair Sauce beyond making Halifax Donairs. 

Why Not Try: 

  • Dipping your fries in it (great for people who like a sweet dip with fries)
  • Making Garlic Fingers with left over pizza dough
  • Dipping your breadsticks and pizza crusts
  • Making a donair pizza with donair sauce as the sauce or a drizzle on top? 
  • Drizzling it on your pogos.

But why wouldn't you just make Halifax Donairs?

So many options! We'd love to hear what you try!
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