Classic horseradish sauce is the perfect accompaniment to beef, whether it’s steak, tenderloin, chuck roast, prime rib, or even sandwiches. This simple DIY recipe for the spicy, creamy horseradish sauce rivals what you get at a steakhouse. Best of all, this homemade horseradish is easy to make and ready within 15 minutes.

Bite of steak being dipped into creamy horseradish sauce.

I love a good sauce – it truly brings a meal together. We eat a lot of steak in our house thanks to my sous vide obsession (yes, I have plenty of sous vide recipes!) and my go-tos are blue cheese butter (or any homemade compound butter, really) or this classic creamy horseradish sauce. I also have plenty of other homemade dips and sauces for steak and other proteins for you to check out, like my favorite spicy chimichurri.

Although we typically associate horseradish with beef, I love this sauce on salmon, chicken, sandwiches, and plenty more. Get experimental and try it on lots of dishes! Or stick to the classics and make some Sous Vide Tri Tip Steak and make sure to try my Sous Vide Chuck Roast – the ultimate prime rib dupe.

Looking for even more ways to flavor your steak? Make sure to check out my cookbook, Sous Vide Meal Prep.

Ingredients for Horseradish Sauce

Most of the ingredients you’ll need for this sauce are likely already in your fridge and pantry. The only one that may be unfamiliar is prepared horseradish.

Ingredients for creamy horseradish sauce on yellow tile.
  • Sour cream. I like to use at least a decent quality sour cream since this is the base of the sauce, like Tillamook. Go for the full fat!
  • Mayonnaise. Look, I know this is a “thing” but save the Miracle Whip for another time. Use mayo, and preferably, make it Duke’s.
  • Prepared horseradish. This is exactly how it will be labeled in the store or if you’re ordering on Instacart. Ignore the horseradish cream and get the prepared horseradish.
  • Chives. These are the little skinny ones, the big ones are green onions.
  • Dijon Mustard. Again, go for decent quality.
  • White vinegar. Why white vs other vinegars? I want a vinegar that just tastes like vinegar for this sauce. You can also use a champagne or apple cider vinegar but know that some of that flavor will be in the sauce (not necessarily a bad thing!).
  • Salt. I like to use Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt for everything, like the rest of the foodie world.
  • Black Pepper. Freshly cracked, if you please!

How to Make Creamy Horseradish Sauce

Okay, buckle your seatbelts. This may be the easiest recipe ever.

  1. Mix all the ingredients up in a bowl.
  2. Ideally, let it sit for a half hour.

That’s it!

Creamy horseradish sauce ingredients in bowl on yellow tile.
Hand stirring horseradish aioli ingredients in bowl on yellow tile.
Creamy horseradish in bowl on yellow tile.

You can also see the step-by-step Web Story.

What to Serve This Sauce With

This sauce tastes wonderful with pretty much any cut of beef. Some of the obvious cuts include:

Sliced steak on white plate with bowl of horseradish sauce.

Have leftovers? This makes a great condiment on sandwiches with thinly sliced beef.

It will also pair well with lamb – try rack of lamb or leg of lamb!

Think outside the box and try this sauce on other proteins, too! Some of my favorites are whole chicken and salmon.

Your Questions and My Tips

  • What is horseradish?
    • Horseradish is a root vegetable related to mustard, wasabi, broccoli, cabbage, and radish. It tastes spicy and is used as a condiment throughout the world.
  • Horseradish vs. Prepared Horseradish vs. Horseradish Sauce
    • Horseradish refers to the plant which is a root vegetable. Prepared horseradish is simply grated horseradish root mixed with a little vinegar and salt. Horseradish sauce is essentially an aioli. It usually includes prepared horseradish mixed with sour cream, mayo, mustard, vinegar, and other ingredients.
  • How long is horseradish sauce good for?
    • Horseradish sauce will be good in your fridge until the expired date on your sour cream, typically no longer than 2 weeks.
  • Can horseradish sauce be frozen?
    • You can freeze this sauce if you really want to, but I wouldn’t. Freezing will have an adverse effect on the texture and it just won’t be quite as creamy.
  • Can I make horseradish sauce dairy free?
    • Sure! To make horseradish sauce gluten free, substitute the sour cream for dairy free yogurt or a dairy free sour cream.
Dipping piece of steak in horseradish sauce
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Creamy DIY Steakhouse-Style Horseradish Sauce

Prep Time: 15 mins
Yield: 8 servings
Classic horseradish sauce is the perfect accompaniment to beef, whether it’s steak, tenderloin, prime rib, or even sandwiches. This simple DIY recipe for the spicy, creamy horseradish sauce rivals what you get at a steakhouse. Best of all, this homemade horseradish is easy to make and ready within 15 minutes.

Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to a medium sized bowl. Stir to combine.
  • For best results, let sit, covered, for 30 minutes.
  • Taste and adjust salt and pepper as desired.

Notes

  • How long is horseradish sauce good for?
    • Horseradish sauce will be good in your fridge until the expired date on your sour cream, typically no longer than 2 weeks.
  • Can horseradish sauce be frozen?
    • You can freeze this sauce if you really want to, but I wouldn’t. Freezing will have an adverse effect on the texture and it just won’t be quite as creamy.
  • Can I make horseradish sauce dairy free?
    • Sure! To make horseradish sauce gluten free, substitute the sour cream for dairy free yogurt or a dairy free sour cream.
Cuisine: American
Course: Condiments, Dinner
Author: Chelsea Cole
Calories: 79kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 238mg, Potassium: 35mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 112IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 1mg
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