Horseradish Aioli Sauce

Horseradish aioli is very similar to my creamy horseradish sauce. All use a creamy white base, although the base is different in several ways.

zesty horseradish aioli in a silver dipping cup


The zesty kick of flavor in this creamy aioli is perfect for burgers, deli sandwiches or paninis. Also great for dipping fries, onion rings and more!

For an aioli, the base is mayonnaise. From there, we will add fresh garlic, lemon juice, a sprinkle of Kosher salt and perhaps even a little finely grated Parmesan cheese or fresh herbs.

What is horseradish?

Horseradish is actually a root vegetable and looks most similar to ginger when whole. It gives a unique heat that gives you a punch of flavor that quickly wears off.

Most people don’t get the whole root, which needs to be grated or shredded. Instead they use prepared horseradish which is grated horseradish root suspended in vinegar.

Zesty horseradish aioli sauce surrounded by ingredients

However, you like a super pugenet horseradish, do yourself a favor and find a fresh root. The older the root and the longer it has been grated, the less tasty it will be.

They can be easily peeled with a Y peeler, vegetable peeler or sharp knife. From there either grate or finely mince.

It comes from the same family as wasabi and mustard. And like these two, the flavor can vary greatly from plant to plant. Here are substitution for horseradish.

How to make horseradish aioli?

Gather all your ingredients including:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Prepared horseradish
  • Lemon Juice

Some people add Parmesan cheese, but I didn’t find that it added much flavor.

ingredients for horseradish aioli

I would usually tell you to throw all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse it a few times, but the horseradish strands will get stuck to the blades, so folding it a much better bet.

Which means you’ll need to finely grate the garlic instead of mincing it. Use the finest grate on your box grater for the Parmesan cheese or omit it although. You want a little texture in your sauce, but you don’t want to have to chew it, ya know?

You can also add fresh herbs or a dab of Worchestire sauce. Chopped herbs like dill, oregano, parsley or basil are best. I do recommended fresh instead of dried for this type of recipe.

horseradish aioli dipping sauce on a plate

How do I store Horseradish Aioli?

In an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

We do not suggest freezing aioli.

Commonly asked questions about how to make basil aioli sauce:

Why do you use jarred mayo?

Don’t assume I meant I was using jarred! I actually make my own mayonnaise. But you can easily buy a GOOD jarred mayo and use that too to save time.

Mayo is made from raw eggs, but you can generally find pasteurized eggs at the grocery store if that makes you nervous.

Can I use bottled lemon juice?

You of course can, but we always recommend fresh lemon juice. Any citrus juice starts to lose flavor as soon as it is harvested. Fresh juice has much more flavor than jarred and without any preservatives.

What can I use aioli for?

Aioli is excellent as a dipping sauces or condiment to slather on sandwiches or burgers. You can dip olives, carrots or potato chips and even put a dollop on top of cooked veggies or crab cakes.

lump crab meat dipping into horseradish sauce

Other delicious sauce recipes:

glass jar of hollandaise

Blender Hollandaise Sauce

Make this super easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce in just 5 minutes! Perfect for benedict, Béarnaise sauce bases and vegetables.
See The Recipe!
Horseradish aioli for Pinterest

And more aioli recipes:

pesto aioli in a small food processor

Pesto Aioli (Pesto Mayo)

Pesto aioli is the perfect condiment for so many different foods. With fresh flavors of basil and garlic, slather it on sandwiches, paninis or just use it to dip French fries.
See The Recipe!
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horseradish aioli dipping sauce on a plate

Horseradish Aioli Sauce

4.26 from 43 votes
The zesty kick of flavor in this creamy aioli is perfect for burgers, deli sandwiches or paninis. Also great for dipping fries, onion rings and more!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cups




  • Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and fold together.
  • Chill for 30 minutes before serving.
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!



Optional: Add 1 tablespoon finely grated Parmesan cheese or 1 tablespoon freshly chopped herbs like dill, oregano, parsley or basil. 


Calories: 1543 kcal, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 168 g, Saturated Fat: 26 g, Cholesterol: 94 mg, Sodium: 1549 mg, Potassium: 119 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 7 g, Vitamin A: 146 IU, Vitamin C: 10 mg, Calcium: 35 mg, Iron: 1 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 1543
Course: Condiment, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: aioli sauce, horseradish sauce
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Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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  1. 5 stars
    My friend actually sent me this Pinterest link to this recipe and I was SO excited to try it! I definitely wasn’t let down with the results! I’m so happy I found your blog and can’t wait to try other recipes!

  2. 5 stars
    This sauce is amazing! My friend actually sent me this Pinterest link to this recipe and I was SO excited to try it! I definitely wasn’t let down with the results!