A Kinder, Gentler Horseradish Sauce

Andy Anderson !


You can’t have a good prime rib, without a good horseradish sauce… full stop.

If you’re like me, you enjoy the kick of a good horseradish sauce. However, you don’t want it overpowering the flavor of the dish. This recipe creates a creamy sauce with some of the usual suspects, like horseradish, and sour cream, but the addition of lemon juice, Dijon, mustard and a few other ingredients raises this simple sauce to a higher level.

It’s excellent on beef, as well as a pick-me-up for vegetables. Give it a try; I think you’ll enjoy it.

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We taste tested this horseradish with a steak, and it was delicious. Horseradish is one of those condiments that goes so well with almost everything. And, it's this recipe is very easy. But, Andy's right ... you can't have prime rib without some really good horseradish. This horseradish will be a great addition to your holiday table. The Test Kitchen


★★★★★ 7 votes

10 Min
No-Cook or Other


  • 1 tsp
    fresh chives, minced
  • ·
    salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp
    dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp
    lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 tsp
    lemon zest, minced
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh capers, minced
  • 2 Tbsp
    pure horseradish
  • 1/4 c
    sour cream

How to Make A Kinder, Gentler Horseradish Sauce


  1. Whisk all the ingredients together, with the exception of the chives.
  2. Chef's Note: For this sauce to work, it needs a really good "pure" horseradish.
    You might even go crazy, buy some horseradish plant and grate your own. However, if you do remember one thing. Once exposed to air, if not used immediately or mixed in vinegar, the grated mash darkens, loses its pungency, and becomes unpleasantly bitter-tasting.
    I HATE it when that happens.
  3. Season with salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste.

    Chef's Note: Salt is an interesting ingredient... we love what it does to dishes, and in some cases, the addition of salt can make some dishes taste (to our brain) sweeter. But watch how much you add. In a sauce, the addition of salt can intensify over time. So, watch how much you add.
  4. Finally add the chives, and stir to incorporate.
  5. Cover, and allow to rest in the refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour, to give the ingredients a chance to get to know each other.
  6. Serve with your best roast beef, prime rib, or over vegetables, for that added kick.


    Keep the faith, and keep cooking…

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About A Kinder, Gentler Horseradish Sauce

Course/Dish: Other Sauces Dressings
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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