Level up your sauce game with this Horseradish Cream Sauce. Made with simple ingredients like heavy cream, horseradish, and spicy mustard, it’s the perfect condiment to add a flavorful kick to your prime rib or any hearty cut of meat.

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You could buy a bottle of jarred sauce from the market. And that’s totally ok. But if you’re here, chances are you want something to knock the socks off of your company, and this is our favorite sauce when we want to impress. We have a secret trick we use to up the flavor that makes it not only the perfect accompaniment to your perfectly cooked roast but the piece de resistance that will have everyone begging for the recipe.

Horseradish Cream Sauce is the best way to enhance the flavors of your favorite meals, from all types of steak to a perfect smoked prime rib to a savory grilled rack of lamb. This creamy horseradish sauce recipe is a game-changer that puts those store-bought options to shame. It brings an unrivaled creamy kick that you won’t find in any ordinary grocery store. With just a handful of ingredients, you can effortlessly create a horseradish cream sauce that rivals restaurant quality.

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What Is Homemade Creamy Horseradish Sauce?

We’re bringing together the fiery essence of horseradish, a spicy root vegetable, and a creamy blend of mayonnaise, sour cream, shallot, and mustard. With our secret step, we smoke the cream. The end result? A tangy and flavorful sauce that hits the perfect balance between creamy and spicy that’s so unique it makes a standing rib roast look boring in comparison.

There’s just something special about making our own condiments, isn’t there? They simply taste better, and this horseradish sauce is no exception. Not only is this the best horseradish sauce for prime rib it’s versatile for so many other dishes. From Cowboy Butter to Brandy Peppercorn Sauce, we know how to whip up an easy sauce recipe that will take your taste buds to a new dimension.

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Easy Horseradish Sauce Recipe Ingredients

  • Heavy Cream
  • Butter
  • Shallot
  • Mayo
  • Spicy Mustard
  • Sour Cream
  • High-Quality Horseradish – You can buy prepared horseradish at your local grocery store in the condiment aisle. Just make sure this is JUST horseradish, not ‘sauce.’ Alternatively, we find that fresh grated horseradish root may be the only way to get the kick that we know and love from this ingredient.
  • Black Pepper and Kosher Salt
  • Fresh Rosemary

How to Make Horseradish Sauce

Where most horseradish cream sauce recipes are pretty basic (horseradish + cream), we take things to a whole new level with built-in rich umami flavor that makes it so much more worth the effort.

  • Grab a small heatproof pan and pour in the heavy cream. Position the pan over the grate, ensuring it stays away from direct heat. Let it sit there for about 45 minutes to an hour. You want the cream to get nice and thick with a gentle smoked flavor. Give it a stir every now and then to keep things smooth. 
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  • Now, let’s move on to the cast-iron skillet. Melt the butter in it over the fire, making sure it’s nice and sizzling. Once it’s all melted and glorious, add in the minced shallots. Allow them to cook until they reach that irresistible crispy and golden perfection. This usually takes around 3 to 5 minutes. 
  • In a separate small bowl, let’s bring the party together. Whisk together the mayo, mustard, sour cream, shallots, and horseradish. Give it a good mix until everything is nicely combined. Now, let’s add that delicious smoked cream. Pour it in a little at a time while whisking until the mixture becomes smooth and drips from the spoon but still maintains a thick consistency.
  • Time to add some flavor! Season the mixture with a sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste. This will give it that extra kick of deliciousness.
  • To add an extra touch of freshness and flavor, throw in some vibrant and aromatic fresh rosemary.

Girl Carnivore Expert Recipe Tips

  • Swap spicy mustard for Dijon mustard to lower the intensity or cut back on the horseradish.
  • For a bold horseradish flavor, consider using freshly grated horseradish root instead of prepared horseradish. Fresh horseradish root packs a more potent punch, adding a vibrant and authentic taste to your sauce. Grate the root just before incorporating it into the sauce for the best results.

What to Serve With Homemade Horseradish Sauce

Not only is this the best horseradish sauce for prime rib, it’s a perfect condiment for so many things. Drizzle this horseradish cream sauce over a slice of smoked beef tenderloin or grilled filet mignon. Or, use this creamy sauce on top of these easy smoked baked potatoes!  And it’s the perfect addition to any sandwich – especially if you want to take your pit beef to new heights.


  • To keep your leftover horseradish sauce fresh and ready for future use, store leftover sauce in an airtight container. It’ll stay fresh for 1-2 weeks. 
  • Slather leftover sauce on burgers or drizzle on top of steak salad or roast beef sandwiches for an extra kick of flavor. 
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More steak sauce recipes

This creamy Horseradish Sauce will add a bit of spicy flair to your meals! The balance of spicy horseradish, creamy elements, and tangy accents creates a sauce that’s both bold and delightful. Even if you’re not a huge horseradish fan, this recipe will turn you into a dedicated horseradish user.

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Horseradish Cream Sauce

5 from 21 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Resting Time: 15 minutes
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 10
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This incredible horseradish cream sauce comes together with a secret ingredient that packs a serious punch of flavor. Creamy, tangy and spicy, it's the ultimate condiment for steaks, roasts, sandwiches, fish and more.


  • ⅓ – ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 1 tbsp mayo
  • 1 tbsp spicy mustard
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 8 oz high-quality horseradish
  • Black pepper and salt to taste
  • Fresh rosemary minced for garnish


Smoke the cream

  • Place a small heatproof pan with the heavy cream in it over the grate. Allow it to sit over the heat, without simmering for about 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Stir often. Taste a bit of the cream to make sure it has thickened a bit and has a gentle smoked flavor.
  • Remove from heat.

Make the horseradish sauce

  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a cast-iron skillet over the fire.
  • Add the minced shallots and cook until crisp, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
  • In a bowl, whisk the mayo, mustard, sour cream, shallots and horseradish together.
  • Whisk in the smoked cream a little at a time until smooth and drips drop from a spoon but is still thick enough to coat it.
  • Season with black pepper and salt to taste.
  • Garnish with fresh rosemary minced, if desired.


  • You can make this up to 3 days ahead of time and store in the fridge until ready to use. 
  • Swap spicy mustard for Dijon mustard to lower the intensity.
  • For a bold horseradish flavor, consider using freshly grated horseradish root instead of prepared horseradish. Fresh horseradish root packs a more potent punch, adding a vibrant and authentic taste to your sauce. Grate the root just before incorporating it into the sauce for the best results.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 27kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.2g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 8mg | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 117IU | Vitamin C: 0.05mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.01mg
Course: condiment
Cuisine: American
Author: Kita Roberts

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Recipe FAQs


Absolutely! If you prefer a milder experience, go ahead and tame the spiciness by using less horseradish. And if you’re a heat seeker, feel free to crank up the dial and add more of that fiery horseradish goodness.


Well, Hey, Y’all.

Kita is a multi-talented individual, boasting numerous accomplishments such as being an award-winning recipe developer, world-traveled professional photographer, and journalist. As the lead creative force behind Girl Carnivore®, she is widely recognized as an authority on all things meat.


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