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Horseradish Sauce For Prime Rib and Beef Tenderloin

Horseradish Sauce For Prime Rib and Beef Tenderloin

This creamy horseradish sauce for Prime Rib recipe is what Christmas dinner dreams are made of. Homemade Horseradish sauce, along with Horseradish Aioli, are excellent accoutrements to prime rib, smoked prime rib, sous vide prime rib, Sous Vide Chuck Roast, Smoked Leg of Lamb and smoked beef tenderloin.

Lather up your standing rib roast with our Prime Rib Rub and serve it along side this Prime Rib Horseradish sauce, Au Jus recipe for prime rib or Prime Rib Gravy for an unforgettable holiday dinner. 

Need prime rib side dish ideas? Check out our list of What To Serve with Prime Rib.

What Is Horseradish

Horseradish is a root vegetable in the same family as wasabi. Horseradish cream sauce for prime rib is a spicy and tangy cream sauce filled with shredded horseradish and basic pantry staples like mayonnaise and spices. It’s spicy like cajun sauce, with more intense heat.

Bowl of sour cream, mayo, chives and horseradish.

Creamy Horseradish Sauce Recipe

This is the best horseradish sauce. It’s quick and easy to make and flexible to suit your taste buds! Some horsey sauce recipes call for too much of something which leaves an unpleasant and overpowering taste in your mouth. Not this prime rib sauce.

Individual ingredients needed to make beef sauce.


Here are the ingredients required to make this steak dipping sauce:

  • Horseradish – Either fresh horseradish roots or a jar of prepared horseradish from the grocery store. Store bought jarred horseradish has excess liquid so make sure to drain before using.
  • Sour Cream – Don’t skimp, as the sour cream adds the light and creamy texture.
  • Mayonnaise – A little goes a long way. Adds body and texture.
  • Dijon Mustard – Our “must have” in most dressings or dips. They have something called “horseradish mustard” but that would be overkill on the horseradish.
  • Chives – Chopped chives adds a hint of fresh and seasonal flavor.
  • Salt and Pepper – Add to taste.

How To Make Horseradish Sauce

To make this fresh horseradish sauce recipe, just add all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Cover and transfer to the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Bowl of horseradish sauce with a spoon.

Does Horseradish Go Bad

Yep – you have two weeks to use up leftover horseradish sauce. Horseradish mayo sauce can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Horsey Sauce

Yes – if you see something called “horsey sauce” it’s one and the same.

Bowl of mashed potatoes with topping options.

What is Horseradish Sauce Good On

So many things! Here are a few of our favorite ways to use horsey sauce!

Bowl of Horseradish sauce for prime rib

Tips and Variations

  • Start with the recipe, as written. Taste and adjust as needed. Like tons of spice? Add extra horseradish. Love the tang of vinegar, add an extra splash. It’s a very forgiving horseradish recipe.
  • Try and make it about 24 hours before serving to allow the flavors to meld together.
  • You can use apple cider vinegar, champagne vinegar or even lemon juice as the acid, depending on what you have available and your flavor preference.
  • For a mild horseradish sauce, stick with the prepared horseradish as fresh is about twice as spicy.
  • Using full fat sour cream and mayonnaise is the way to go as the creaminess and tang will alter with low fat or fat free options.

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Drink Pairings

Horseradish goes with a ton of stuff; it really depends on what you’re serving it with. As such, we’ll stick with letting you know the drinks fresh horseradish itself can go in: Michelada and Bloody Mary’s.

Bowl of Horseradish sauce for prime rib

Horseradish Sauce For Prime Rib

Homemade Creamy Horseradish sauce is loaded with spicy horseradish and creamy pantry staples! Here are some horseradish substitute ideas.
5 from 22 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Horseradish, Steak Sauce Recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 109kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $5


  • ½ cup Sour Cream, Full Fat
  • 2 tbsp Prepared Horseradish, Drained (*Note 1)
  • 2 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Finely Chopped Chives
  • 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar (*Note 2)
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • tsp Black Pepper



  • Add all of the ingredients to a small mixing bowl and stir to combine. Taste and adjust ingredients as desired.
  • Cover and refrigerate for up to two weeks.


Note 1 - Prepared horseradish has quite a bit of liquid so make sure to drain off this excess liquid before adding to the mixing bowl.
Note 2 - Feel free to substitute with champagne vinegar or lemon juice in for the apple cider vinegar. 
Note 3 - Adds an extra dimension of flavor, but no need to go out and buy a fresh jar if you don't have it on hand.


Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 230mg | Potassium: 60mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 217IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!


Recipe Rating


Friday 25th of August 2023

I used this for my french dip sandwiches and it was awesome!!! Definitely add the dijon


Sunday 30th of July 2023

Best prime rib horseradish sauce recipe ever tried. A little tangy and just right. The most delicious!!!!!

Kathy Robinson

Sunday 16th of April 2023

This is an excellent sauce for prime rib. The changes I made was using more horseradish, used the suggested champagne vinegar and instead of chives, the tops of green onion minced. Really the best horseradish sauce I’ve ever made. Had requests for the recipe, I gladly shared.

Darcey Olson

Monday 17th of April 2023

Thank you for the nice comment Kathy! I'm happy you enjoyed it!!


Saturday 31st of December 2022

Very good and easy. I suggest not draining horseradish too much as the liquid has flavor. I added more horseradish with liquid after tasting it. The Dijon mustard makes this better—I tried with and without it and the mustard gives this a stronger flavor to accompany beef. I added about 1 tsp Dijon mustard and used 1-1/2 T dried chives.

Darcey Olson

Sunday 1st of January 2023

I’m glad that liked it! Happy New Year!


Sunday 25th of December 2022

Really good Recipe