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Remoulade Sauce

This homemade remoulade sauce recipe is a Louisiana style sauce perfect for dipping all your favorite fried foods in. Using kitchen staple ingredients, this easy cajun sauce only takes 10 minutes to whip together!

Why You’ll Love This Cajun Remoulade Sauce

We always have a jar of homemade remoulade in my fridge for dipping or sandwiches. Here’s why we know you will love this easy cajun sauce:

  • So Easy: Most foods that are this flavorful take hours to make. But this remoulade recipe only takes 10 minutes. All you have to do is put some ingredients in a bowl, mix them up, and let them rest a few minutes. What could be easier than that? 
  • Better Than Store Bought: This homemade remoulade sauce has a lot more flavor than the store bought varieties. The seasoning is a lot stronger, and you’re using fresher ingredients. If you like the remoulade sauce that you’ve gotten from the store, just wait until you try this homemade version!
  • Customizable: One of the perks of making sauces at home is that you can adjust them to your liking. It’s so easy to adjust the saltiness, heat, and acidity of this recipe, so you can make a remoulade that’s customized for your tastebuds. 
  • Versatile: There are so many different things that you can do with this sauce. You can dip almost anything in it, use it as a topping, or spread it on the bread of your favorite sandwich. You can even thin it out a little and use it as a salad dressing. The opportunities are endless! 
Overhead view of a bowl of remoulade sauce with a spoon in it, and a plate of fried shrimp, greens, lemons, and remoulade

What is Remoulade Sauce? 

Remoulade is a chilled sauce that has a lot of similarities to tartar sauce. It’s basically just mayonnaise with a bunch of seasonings, most notably hot sauce and lemon juice. It’s originally a French sauce, but is now very common in Cajun and Creole cooking. In Louisiana, it is frequently served with Fried Shrimp or other fried seafoods, fried green tomatoes, crab cakes, French fries and so much more.

All of the ingredients needed for remoulade sauce: a bottle of Tabasco, a jar of prepared horseradish, a jar of mustard, a bottle of garlic powder, a bowl of mayonnaise, a lemon, a bowl of Worcestershire sauce, a bowl of mustard, a bowl of garlic, a bowl of Cajun seasoning, a bowl of garlic powder with a measuring spoon, and both a whole lemon and a half lemon

Recipe Ingredients

Here’s everything you need to make this easy sauce. Scroll to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page to find the exact amounts.

  • Mayonnaise
  • Stone Ground Mustard: You can also use Dijon mustard, Cajun mustard, or any grainy mustard. 
  • Prepared Horseradish 
  • Hot Sauce: It’s important to use a Louisiana-style hot sauce.
  • Lemon Juice: Make sure to use freshly-squeezed lemon juice.
  • Cajun Seasoning: You can use our Homemade Cajun Seasoning, or our favorite store bought version is made by Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning.
  • Garlic: Freshly minced garlic will give you the most flavor.
  • Onion Powder
  • Worcestershire Sauce 

What Type Of Horseradish To Use?

There are three common types of horseradish and will change the flavor a good amount depending on which version you use.

  • Prepared Horseradish: Found in the interior aisles of the grocery store next to the mayonnaise. This is a milder version when compared to freshly ground horseradish. It’s milder in heat, with less of a bite.
  • Creamy Horseradish: Found in the same area of the store as prepared horseradish, but has sour cream or mayo added to it. If you use this version, you will need to add extra to get the correct amount of horseradish flavor.
  • Fresh Ground Horseradish: Usually found next to the sausages and hot dogs in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. This version is the most powerful and has the most heat/bite to it, giving your sauce great flavor. This is our personal favorite. The hottest one we have found is made by Silver Spring and has a plain white label with red lettering on it.

How to Make Remoulade Sauce

This sauce only takes a few minutes of work. Here’s how to make this Cajun remoulade. 

  • Add the ingredients. Place all of the ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Mix. Stir until the sauce is well combined and smooth. 
  • Adjust the seasonings. Taste the remoulade sauce and add more salt or Cajun seasoning, if needed. Adjust the seasonings until the sauce tastes perfect to you. 
  • Cover. Put a cover on the bowl, and let the remoulade sit for at least 15 minutes so that the flavors have time to really come together and develop. 
A spoonful of remoulade sauce being held over a bowl of remoulade, with plates and lemons in the background

Tips and Variations This Cajun Sauce

A few tips and tricks to help guarantee success:

  • Chill: While optional, this recipe calls for you to let the remoulade sit for at least 15 minutes. But if you let the sauce sit for even longer, the flavors will only get stronger and meld together better. When we remember to plan ahead, we like to make our remoulade the day before to give it plenty of time for the flavors to meld.
  • Adjust the Heat: Everybody has a different tolerance for heat. This recipe has a perfectly balanced kick from all the different ingredients. If you have a low spice tolerance, dial back on the hot sauce and use less horseradish. Remember, you can always add more, but you can’t take it back out once it’s added! If you love spicy foods, just add more hot sauce and horseradish until you reach the right heat for you. If you really want to pump up the heat, add some ground cayenne pepper to taste.
  • Add Pickles or Capers: Finely-chopped pickles and capers are a common addition to remoulade sauce. If you want a briny flavor to your sauce, add a few tablespoons of relish or capers until it tastes right to you. You can also add a tablespoon of pickle or caper brine.
A hand holding a shrimp that's been dipped in remoulade over a plate of shrimp, greens, lemons, and remoulade

Serving Suggestions

Our absolute favorite way to eat remoulade is by dipping crispy and salty fried foods in it, like french fries, Fried Shrimp, and Air Fryer Fried Pickles. It’s also great on crab cakes, Tuna Cakes, or any kind of fish like this 10 minute Air Fryer Mahi Mahi. It’s also great drizzled on our Air Fryer Fried Avocado for a yummy vegetarian lunch. You can also dip veggies into it like fried or Grilled Okra!

How to Store Remoulade Sauce

This sauce is almost as easy to store as it is to make. All you have to do is place it in an airtight container and it will last in your fridge for up to 2 weeks!

Can You Freeze This Cajun Sauce?

I do not recommend freezing remoulade. Because of the mayonnaise base, the texture will not be the same if you freeze and then thaw the sauce. This sauce is also is likely to separate once it’s thawed.

A hand dipping a fried shrimp into a bowl of remoulade

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Yield: 1 cup

Remoulade Sauce

This remoulade sauce is spicy, lemony, and packed with flavor. It's perfect for dipping any fried food in, and is so easy to make.
Prep Time5 minutes
Additional Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon stone ground mustard, or dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ground horseradish
  • 2 teaspoons Louisiana hot sauce
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice, or pickle juice
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon freshly minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Instructions 

  • Add all the ingredients in a small bowl, stir until well combined. Taste then adjust seasonings, if needed, to taste.
  • Serve immediately, or for best results, let the remoulade rest in a covered container in the fridge for at least 15 minutes, or up to 24 hours. This will allow the flavors to fully develop and meld together.

Notes

Storage: Store in an airtight container in your fridge for up to 2 weeks. Do not freeze as the sauce will separate when thawed.
Add Pickles or Capers. Finely-chopped pickles and capers are a common addition to remoulade sauce. If you want a briny flavor to your sauce, add a few tablespoons of relish or capers until it tastes right to you. You can also add a tablespoon of pickle or caper brine.
Lower The Heat: If you have a low spice tolerance, dial back on the hot sauce and use less horseradish. Remember, you can always add more, but you can’t take it back out once it’s added!
Add More Heat: If you love spicy foods, just add more hot sauce and horseradish until you reach the right heat for you. If you really want to pump up the heat, add some ground cayenne pepper to taste.
Horseradish: We highly recommend using freshly ground horseradish found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. It has the most flavor and bite to it. Check the post above for info on all the different types of horseradish.

Nutrition

Serving: 2 tablespoons, Calories: 196kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 0.5g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 12mg, Sodium: 243mg, Potassium: 31mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 145IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 0.2mg

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