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Fresh Horseradish Aioli Sauce

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This easy horseradish aioli recipe makes a creamy sauce with a pungent bite that is sure to add an intense kick of flavor to your favorite dishes! It perfectly compliments red meats like prime rib roast, tender steak and even a juicy venison burger. But it’s also the perfect sauce for roasted veggies, fries, and sandwiches. You can make this creamy horseradish sauce in just a few minutes and jazz up any meal!

Dipping a French fry in aioli sauce.

Why You’ll Love It

A creamy aioli is a wonderful finishing touch to any dish that begs for a punch of flavor, whether it’s a beef tenderloin or golden brown french fries!

You often will see this item on restaurant menus, but our horseradish aioli recipe is so simple to make and incredibly versatile, too! Spread it onto wraps or sandwiches or serve it as a wonderful dip for sweet potato fries, onion rings, or steak bites. 

​The intense flavor of this roasted root vegetable is the perfect pairing for tri-tip, and makes a delicious sauce for any red meat in fact. I love adding it to my French dip sandwiches.

​This simple recipe comes together quickly and is made with basic items you can find at any grocery store. It is:

  • easy to make with only eight ingredients required
  • a healthy sauce that’s gluten free and low carb
  • delicious and versatile with so many wonderful uses!

The Ingredients

A handful of simple ingredients like fresh herbs, lemon juice and garlic enhances the flavor of the horseradish. The mayonnaise in the aioli tames down its bite. You can use freshly-grated horseradish root if desired, but store-bought bottled horseradish works just fine, too. 

Here’s what you’ll need for this delicious horseradish aioli sauce:

  • Mayonnaise. Use regular mayo or a healthier, olive oil or avocado oil mayo if desired. Mayo is an easy shortcut to making aioli. Authentic aioli is typically an emulsion of olive oil and fresh garlic. 
  • Horseradish. ​Use either bottled horseradish or freshly grated horseradish root. 
  • Fresh garlic cloves. They will need to be grated or minced and they give the aioli a wonderful savory flavor that works well with the horseradish. 
  • Dijon mustard. ​This adds a boost of flavor to the aioli. 
  • Fresh lemon juice. ​For a slight amount of tang. 
  • Fresh oregano leaves. Chopped oregano will lend a delightful herb-y finish and a fresh flavor that can’t be beat. 
  • Sea salt and white pepper. Add this to taste at the very end. White pepper is preferred over black pepper since it won’t leave dark specks in the sauce.
Mayonnaise, horseradish sauce, lemon, salt, pepper, garlic, Dijon mustard and fresh oregano.

How to Make Horseradish Aioli

Making your own aioli couldn’t be any easier to do! (Interested in more aioli recipes? Try out our Black Garlic Aioli or Easy Chipotle Aioli)!

Here’s a brief overview of what the recipe involves, but be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to view our printable recipe card for the full instructions and ingredient amounts

Blending ingredients for horseradish aioli in a food processor.

​Place all of the ingredients into the bowl of a mini food processor. Blend until smooth. 

Freshly mixed aioli sauce in a food processor.

Taste and add salt and pepper and blend again. Transfer the aioli to a jar or small bowl. Let it sit 30 minutes before using to allow the flavors to intensify. 

That’s it! Just a few minutes of prep time is all it takes until that creamy aioli is chilling in the fridge.

If you like horseradish, check out our mashed potatoes with horseradish.

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Helpful Tips for Success

  • For an exceptional flavor and the best taste overall, substitute fresh horseradish root for the bottled prepared horseradish. Peel and grate a 2-inch piece of fresh horseradish root with the small side of a box grater. Blend with the ingredients.
  • You can make this horseradish aioli recipe with any type of mayonnaise, including vegan mayonnaise.
  • To store, refrigerate the aioli in an airtight container for up to two weeks.  
  • Fresh lemon juice is preferred over bottled lemon juice.
A jar of garlic horseradish aioli sauce with a small dish of sauce in the foreground.

What to Serve with Horseradish Aioli

The wonderful thing about this simple horseradish aioli recipe is that it doubles as a creamy horseradish dip and a flavorful spread! Here are a few ideas for how to enjoy it:

More Sauce and Dip Recipes

If you are looking for more dip and sauce recipes to take your meal to the next level, we have a large selection. Making your own condiments from scratch is easy and gives you all the control over the ingredients.

Dipping a steak bite in aioli sauce.

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Fresh Horseradish Aioli Sauce

A classic aioli sauce flavored with horseradish that pairs perfectly with beef, dips, sandwiches, steamed and roasted vegetables.
4.58 from 28 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 80kcal
Author: Pat Nyswonger


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3-4 tablespoons bottled horseradish or freshly grated horseradish
  • 3 medium garlic cloves grated of minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • Salt and white pepper to taste.


  • Place the ingredients into a dish and whisk until well combined.  
  • Transfer the aioli to a jar or dish. Let sit for at least 30 minutes before using. 
  • Refrigerate in a container with a tight fitting lid for up to one week.


For an exceptional flavor substitute fresh horseradish root for the bottled prepared horseradish. Peel and grated a 2-inch piece of fresh horseradish root and whisk into the aioli.


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 80kcal | Protein: 0.03g | Fat: 9.6g | Saturated Fat: 1.1g | Cholesterol: 12.7mg | Sodium: 27mg

Pat Nyswonger

Pat is a wife, mom of four adult children, and grandmother to seventeen beautiful children. She is a self-taught home cook and loves creating delicious meals for her family and friends. Her kitchen is the hub of activity in her home, and she loves to entertain.

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Jennifer Egan

Friday 15th of January 2021

Having trouble finding fresh horseradish root at my local store... if I were to use the prepared stuff - what do you think would be a good equivalent to try to start with - and then go from taste? I am guessing the prepared stuff is stronger than the fresh?

Pat Nyswonger

Friday 15th of January 2021

Hi, Jennifer....You could also try an Asian market if there is one near you as they often stock fresh horseradish. I have not made this aioli with a bottled horseradish but if I had to substitute it for the fresh I would try to find a pure ground horseradish and not a creamed variety with additives. Good luck, i hope it works for you and I would love to hear back of the results. I'm sure it will still be delicious! Thanks for contacting us with your questions...

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