Creamy Horseradish Sauce

updated Aug 8, 2022
Horseradish Sauce Recipe

This horseradish sauce packs a bite – and only takes 20 minutes to make.

Serves6

Makes1 1/4 cups

Prep5 minutes

Cook5 minutes to 10 minutes

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Horseradish sauce being spread onto a roll, with a plate of roast beef and a bowl of horseradish sauce next to it, and a two sliced pretzel rolls to the side.
Credit: Photo: Eric Kleinberg; Food Stylist: Kristina Vanni

I can remember the exact day I fell in love with horseradish sauce. I was serving as a judge for a national bread-baking contest, where all day long I was sampling some of the most delicious homemade breads from talented cooks across America (tough job, I know!). The evening after this blissful marathon of carbo-loading, at the awards ceremony, they served a decadent roast beef with the most delightful horseradish sauce I had ever tasted. Maybe it was because of my bread-filled day, but the combo of the tender meat and the zing of the horseradish sauce was pure heaven. I passed on the bread basket that night, but I can confirm that I went back for seconds on the beef and sauce.

Ever since, my love for that creamy and tangy condiment has only grown. Enjoying your own homemade version will make you feel like you’re at a fancy steak house — without the hefty price tag. I not only use it on prime rib and roast beef tenderloin, but I also add it to deviled eggs, use it as a veggie dip, or even dollop it on top of baked potatoes. Horseradish sauce is a great addition to tuna salad or egg salad sandwiches. Plus, it can add extra zing to homemade salad dressings.

What Is Horseradish Sauce Made of?

Prepared horseradish is a condiment made from grated horseradish (a spicy root vegetable in the mustard family) mixed with vinegar and salt. To make creamy horseradish sauce, it’s then mixed with a creamy element such as heavy cream, sour cream, or mayonnaise.

Store-Bought Versus Homemade Horseradish Sauce

Shelf-stable store-bought sauces can be found in the condiment section in many grocery stores. But many supermarkets sell refrigerated versions near the seafood department or produce section.

While there is the element of convenience when it comes to store-bought sauces, there’s nothing like a homemade horseradish sauce. Not only is it prepared fresh, but you can also alter the amounts to cater to your personal taste preferences. If you like a stronger sauce, simply add more prepared horseradish. If you like a milder flavor, cut back a bit.

In this recipe, a stovetop white sauce acts as the base and is mixed with dry mustard, nutmeg, and lemon juice to enhance the experience. Other homemade sauces can be as simple as combining prepared horseradish with a bit of sour cream or mayonnaise and a dash of Dijon mustard.

Horseradish Sauce Recipe

This horseradish sauce packs a bite – and only takes 20 minutes to make.

Prep time 5 minutes

Cook time 5 minutes to 10 minutes

Makes 1 1/4 cups

Serves 6

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons

    unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons

    all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup

    whole milk

  • 1/4 cup

    half-and-half

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    granulated sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    ground mustard

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    freshly ground black pepper

  • Pinch

    ground nutmeg

  • 3 to 5 tablespoons

    prepared horseradish

  • 1 tablespoon

    freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon

    chopped fresh chives (optional)

Instructions

  1. Melt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour and whisk until smooth and lightly golden in color, 1 to 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in 1 cup whole milk, about 1/4 cup at a time. Add 1/4 cup half-and-half, and whisking constantly, bring to a gentle boil. Cook and stir until thickened to sour cream-like consistency, about 2 minutes.

  2. Remove from the heat. Add1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg, and stir to combine. Add 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish and 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice and stir to combine. Taste and season with more horseradish if needed.

  3. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve. To serve, top with 1 tablespoon chopped chives, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Storage: This sauce can be refigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.