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Creamy Horseradish Sauce – Chef Dennis

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Creamy Horseradish Sauce – Chef Dennis

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If you’re looking for the Best Horseradish Sauce recipe, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve served this creamy horseradish sauce at restaurants throughout my career as a chef, and I’ve yet to find a better one.

horseradish sauce in a glass bowl

My creamy horseradish sauce recipe is a delicious accompaniment for your favorite Roasted or Grilled Beef Dishes.

rare prime rib with smashed potatoes, au jus and horseradish sauce on a white plate

It goes perfectly with a Prime Rib Roast, beef tenderloin, roast beef, pot roast, and pork tenderloin, to name a few.

roast beef on kaiser roll with horseradish sauce on white plate

And it’s the perfect dressing for roast beef sandwiches, hot or cold. I love using kaiser rolls. Aged provolone makes and horseradish cream sauce make tasty additions to any roast beef sandwich and is my favorite way to serve a roast beef sandwich.


ingredients to make recipe

Let’s start by gathering the ingredients we need to make my easy horseradish sauce recipe. In Chef Speak this is called the “Mise en Place” which translates to “Everything in its Place”.

Not only does setting your ingredients up ahead of time speed up the cooking process, it also helps ensure you have everything you need to make the dish.

Made with simple pantry ingredients:

  • Sour Cream
  • Mayonnaise
  • Prepared Horseradish
  • Apple Cider Vinegar or champagne vinegar
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Chives

*You’ll see some recipes add Dijon mustard to the sauce, but that makes it a Dijonnaise sauce, and the mustard actually overpowers the taste of the horseradish.

What substitutions can I use to make the sauce?

  • If you’re not a fan of mayonnaise, it can be made using only sour cream.
  • Crème fraîche and Greek yogurt are good substitutes for sour cream.
  • Lemon juice can be used in place of vinegar.
  • Freshly grated horseradish root should be used with caution as it is a lot stronger than prepared horseradish.

How to make Horseradish Sauce

sour cream, mayonnaise and seasonings in glass bowl

My Creamy Horseradish Sauce is going to take you all of 5 minutes to make. Start by adding the sour cream, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper to a medium size mixing bowl.

Whisk the ingredients together until smooth.

add the rest of the ingredients to the sauce

Add the prepared horseradish, apple cider vinegar and chives to the mixture. Mix well until the horseradish has been fully incorporated.

Here’s where you have a little wiggle room. If you like a spicier horseradish sauce, add more prepared horseradish; if you like it a little less spicy, add less horseradish. A teaspoon of sugar will also perk up the sauce (sugar is a flavor enhancer).

Horseradish sauce in glass bowl.

That’s all it takes to make homemade creamy horseradish sauce. Store the sauce in an airtight container, and refrigerate. The sauce will keep for 5-7 days refrigerated and well sealed.

I like to make my horseradish cream sauce about 24 hours in advance so the flavors have time to build. But it’s ready to use as soon as you make it.

Recipe FAQ’s

What is prepared horseradish?

Prepared horseradish is made using grated horseradish root (spicy root vegetable), vinegar and salt.

How long is prepared horseradish good for?

Once opened, prepared horseradish can last 3-4 months, kept sealed and refrigerated. Check the use-by date on the jar.

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Creamy Horseradish Sauce

Made with simple pantry ingredients my easy-to-make creamy horseradish sauce is a delicious accompaniment for beef and pork dishes.

Prep Time5 mins

Cook Time0 mins

Total Time5 mins

Course: condiment, Sauce

Cuisine: American

Servings: 8

Calories: 54kcal

Author: Chef Dennis Littley


  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp prepared horseradish
  • 2 Tbsp mayo
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp chives finely chopped

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  • Add the mayonnaise, sour cream, salt and black pepper to a medium size mixing bowl and whisk the ingredients together.

  • Add the prepared horseradish, apple cider vinegar, and chives to the mixture and mix well until the ingredients are fully incorporated into the sauce.

  • Store the sauce in a wellsealed container and refirgerate. If time permits store the sauce overnight to give the flavors a chance to build. The sauce is ready to go as soon as its made, but it’s going to taste better the next day.


Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 115mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 108IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.04mg

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