Zesty Homemade Horseradish Sauce: An American Classic with a Kick

You know how some people are drawn to poetry and bask in its beauty, while others feel the tug of novels or essays – a world where the pages transform into immersive experiences? I’m a sucker for such moments. A great piece of literature has its magical power to transport me not just to a new place, but a different me. Heck, even cooking at times opens doors to worlds unexplored – like it did today when I stumbled upon an idea perfect for those craving a butter sauce epiphany.

Okay, so I know I’m a hot mess when it comes to choosing a literary genre – one day I’m all about sonnets, the next day essays have my heart – but when it comes to food, there’s one cuisine that never fails to bring me contentment. And then whisk me away to gastronomic nirvana. An enemy of boredom, this humble sauce will make you believe in miracles of flavor, for real.

As someone who prides herself on creating delicious, low-fuss meals that bring the family together, I wanted to tackle any lingering fear that a luxurious and indulgent sauce should remain on the pages of a novel or poetic narrative. Enter my Sage Butter Sauce – the ambrosia that will have you on a first-name basis with your kitchen while reinventing your favorite dishes like never before. And let me be clear, even the dishwashing fairy will rejoice as the kitchen mess is minimal.

So, prepare for a culinary odyssey where your creative prowess will be unleashed – transforming mere meals into feasts for the senses. Turn the ‘thee’s and ‘thou’s of poetry into the taste of pure triumph. Get ready for delicious conversations around the table as you wield the power of my Sage Butter Sauce recipe. Now go forth, my literary kitchen warriors, and conquer!


  1. Sour cream – A creamy texture and a tangy taste to the sauce.

  2. Prepared horseradish – A key ingredient, it provides heat and pungency to the sauce.

  3. Dijon mustard – A touch of acidity and a tangy taste to the sauce.

  4. White vinegar – A bright zing and a tang to the sauce.

  5. Worcestershire sauce – A savory and umami flavor to the sauce.

  6. Fresh chopped chives – A mild, oniony flavor and a pop of green color to the sauce.

  7. Salt and pepper – To bring out the natural flavors and season the sauce to perfection.


  1. Grab yourself a medium sized bowl, a whisk, measuring cup, spatula, and measuring spoons.
  2. Add all of your ingredients – 1 ½ cup sour cream, ¼ cup prepared horseradish, 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon White vinegar, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, ½ tablespoon fresh chopped chives and a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Whisk everything together until it’s fully combined. It’s that simple!

Serving Suggestions for Creamy Horseradish Sauce

This delicious horseradish sauce is perfect for adding a tangy kick to any dish! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Serve it as a dipping sauce for your favorite vegetables, like carrots, celery, or even broccoli.
  • Spread it on a juicy, grilled steak for a flavor-packed meal.
  • Use it as a sauce for your next sandwich or wrap. The combination of creamy sour cream, tangy horseradish, and zesty Dijon mustard is sure to take your lunch to the next level.
  • Add a spoonful to your next bowl of mashed potatoes for a creamy, horseradish twist on this classic side dish.
  • Use it as a sauce for roasted meats like pork or chicken. The sauce will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week, so you can have it on hand for multiple meals.
  • Try this sauce on grilled shrimp, baked salmon, or even a crab cake for a flavor explosion.


Can I use sour cream or cream cheese instead of the sour cream in the recipe?

Sure thing! While sour cream is the traditional choice for this recipe, you could also use cream cheese for a tangier taste or even Greek yogurt for a healthier alternative. Just keep in mind that the end result may be slightly different in texture and taste, but still delicious nonetheless.

How long can I store the horseradish sauce in the refrigerator?

The sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Just give it a quick whisk before serving to make sure everything is fully combined and ready to go!

Can I use less or more horseradish depending on my taste preference?

Of course! This recipe is totally customizable to your taste buds. If you like things on the milder side, start with less horseradish and work your way up to your desired level of heat. But if you’re a horseradish fiend, feel free to add a little extra to make it nice and zingy!

Can this recipe be made vegan?

You can make this recipe vegan by replacing the sour cream with a vegan alternative such as vegan yogurt or vegan sour cream or cashew cream, but I will suggest you to play around with the quantities a little bit, you may need to adjust the other ingredients to make it a smooth consistency.

Can I use dried chives instead of fresh chives?

While fresh chives do add a nice touch of color and flavor to the sauce, dried chives will still work in a pinch. Use about 1/4 teaspoon for every 1/2 tablespoon of fresh chives called for in the recipe.

Creamy Horseradish Sauce

A flavorful and creamy sauce made with high-quality sour cream, prepared horseradish, Dijon mustard, white vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and fresh chives. Perfect for adding a tangy and spicy kick to your favorite dishes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 12 portions
Calories 248 kcal


  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Measuring Cup
  • Spatula
  • Measuring Spoons


  • 1 1/2 cup high-quality sour cream
  • 1/4 cup prepared horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh chopped chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • In a medium mixing bowl, add the sour cream, prepared horseradish, Dijon mustard, white vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and fresh chives.
  • Using a whisk, mix all the ingredients together until fully combined and smooth.
  • Season the sauce with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  • Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and refrigerate the sauce for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to develop and meld together.
  • Serve chilled, spooned over your favorite dish or used as a dipping sauce.


You can adjust the amount of horseradish to your liking, making it as mild or as spicy as you prefer.
Store the sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
The sauce can be used as a condiment for sandwiches, burgers, meats, and roasted vegetables.
For a more elevated presentation, consider garnishing the sauce with a sprinkle of fresh chives and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.


Calories: 248kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 2gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 275mgPotassium: 132mgSugar: 2gVitamin A: 677IUCalcium: 76mg
Keyword Horseradish, Mustard, Chives
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