This Horseradish Sauce recipe is so easy to make and has the best flavor! Just a few simple ingredients combine to make this sauce the perfect creamy condiment for Prime Rib, any kind of Steak, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Pot Roast, French Dip Sandwiches, you name it! Done in 5 minutes.
I used to live in Indianapolis and worked as the secretary for a small non profit company. Every year they hosted a big old fancy pants dinner at a locally famous restaurant where they wined and dined certain Very Important People.
I was there as an underling on the sidelines, making sure the evening went perfectly. Imagine my dismay when the first course appetizer was served and all 30 of our Very Important Guests took their first bite… and in unison squeezed their eyes shut, pinched the bridges of their noses, and bowed their heads with looks of intense pain. Some even had tears streaming down their faces. What was going on?? Have we poisoned our guests??
That was when someone explained to me that the restaurant was famous for the level of horseradish in their Shrimp Cocktail appetizer. Everyone had been there before and knew what to expect, but they forgot to mention this trial by fire situation to me. I was about to call 911, for real.
If you have never had Horseradish before, get ready for it! It seriously packs a punch! But it is SO delicious (especially if you don’t use so much that it makes you cry). I’m in love with it!
What is Horseradish Sauce?
Horseradish is a large white root, in the same family as mustard and wasabi. Prepared Horseradish is shredded horseradish root mixed with little vinegar, sold in jars at the store, usually near the mustard.
We are taking that jar of prepared horseradish, draining off some of the vinegar, and mixing it with sour cream, mayo, and lemon juice to make a fabulous sauce to serve with meat and whatever else you can think of! I’ve got tons of ideas below. The flavor is seriously so unique and delicious. Once you make it you will be wanting to put it on everything!
How to make Horseradish Sauce
This is done in 5 minutes y’all. Here’s what you need:
- sour cream
- lemon juice
- kosher salt
- black pepper
- prepared horseradish
- chives, optional
Swirl your sour cream in a bowl, and lay out your ingredients just so. This is a really important step.
Just kidding. Scoop in some mayo. The amounts don’t have to be exact; you can totally eyeball the ingredients for this recipe if you want. Use more sour cream than mayo.
Next up: horseradish. Here’s what a spoonful of prepared horseradish straight out of the jar looks like. Do you see how it’s a little watery?
It’s actually vinegar-y. We are going to strain out some of that liquid now. Press a spoon down and spread it out.
You can see how much liquid comes out. We don’t want a sauce that’s too thin! We want it nice and creamy.
Add in some lemon juice and salt and pepper, then stir it all up.
Last but not least, stir in some freshly chopped chives, and voila! That’s it!
I’m telling you, once you taste this, you will be trying it out with every meal you have for the foreseeable future! Here are some fun ideas.
What goes with Horseradish Sauce?
MEAT! Horseradish is so good with all different kinds of meat, most especially beef. Here are some of my favorites:
- Try it with this Ribeye steak
- Prime rib
- Corned Beef and Cabbage, this is a classic combination for St. Patrick’s Day!
- Pot roast, you could even swirl some into your mashed potatoes on the side
- Spread on French dip sandwiches instead of mayo
- Serve with grilled chicken
- Replace the chimichurri with horseradish sauce in this appetizer: Steak Toast Bites
- Serve with grilled veggies like peppers, zucchini, asparagus, cherry tomatoes
- Use fresh dill or tarragon instead of chives, and serve with pan seared salmon
- Serve it with baked ham!
- Shrimp, tilapia, or any kind of fish!
More ideas for what to serve with Horseradish Sauce!
- Top your baked potato!
- Add a little bit to your potato salad
- Swirl into mashed potatoes. Are you noticing a theme here?
- Top scrambled eggs
- Try it with Sushi instead of wasabi!
- Combine with ketchup and a little Worcestershire sauce to make a killer shrimp cocktail sauce
- Stir into guacamole, salsa, hummus, any dip!
- Spread it on your next sandwich in place of mayo
How long does it stay fresh? (How to store)
Horseradish sauce will stay fresh if kept covered in the fridge for 1-2 weeks. You can always just follow your nose to see if it’s okay to eat. I haven’t tried freezing horseradish sauce, but I don’t think it’s a good candidate for the freezer. You generally don’t freeze sour cream or mayo, and that’s what it’s made of. It will likely break down and become watery.
That’s about it my friends! What are you going to put it on first?? And just for old times sake, here’s the old photo of the first time I posted this recipe back in 2012, once again to go alongside Corned Beef! Nothing could be better.
Enjoy! And Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
More sauce recipes to love!
- Easy Chimichurri Sauce << so good with steak
- How to Make Balsamic Reduction << good with any meat!
- Creamy Buttermilk Ranch Dressing << you will never go back to store bought.
- Garlic Aioli Recipe << I dip EVERYTHING in this!
- Easy Thai Peanut Sauce << so good with Chicken Satay
- The Best Cheese Sauce << just like Shake Shack!!
- The Best Chipotle Mayo <<best sandwich of your life
- Pizza Sauce from Jo Cooks
- Oh My! Steak Sauce from Novice Chef
- Gremolata Recipe from Cookie and Kate
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Horseradish Sauce Recipe
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 & 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice, about half a lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- black pepper, to taste
- 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish, drained, or more to taste
- fresh chives, chopped
- In a small bowl, add 1/2 cup sour cream, 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, the juice from half a lemon (about 1 and 1/2 tablespoons), 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and black pepper to taste.
- Place 3-4 tablespoons prepared horseradish in a strainer and press it through with a spoon until it gets a little dried out. Add the drained horseradish to the bowl.
- Whisk it all together. Add about a tablespoon of chopped chives. Serve cold or room temperature with Corned Beef and Cabbage, steak, or Pot Roast!
- Store leftovers covered in the fridge. It will stay fresh for about 2 weeks!
Have you tried using raw horseradish? I have a few plants in my backyard, wondering if I dig up a few roots to make ‘prepared horseradish’ ?
Hi Laurie! Yes absolutely! Check out this recipe for Prepared Horseradish. They you could use it to make this sauce. Enjoy!