A creamy blend of mayonnaise and horseradish, this easy horseradish mayo is a flavourful spread or dip. Use it to add flavour to hot roast beef sandwiches or as a creamy aioli dip for veggies, appetizers or french fries. Made with simple ingredients and ready in just 5 minutes.
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One of my favourite things when ordering french fries in a restaurant is when they have fancy mayonnaise dips to go with them.
There are endless varieties available, and not only are they great as dips, but they can be used as a flavourful spread on sandwiches too. Some of my favourites are sriracha mayo, garlic mayo and horseradish mayo.
In a restaurant, you will often see it labelled as aioli, even though mayonnaise and aioli are not quite the same thing.
These delicious mayonnaise combinations are easy to make at home using simple ingredients and you can make a small or large batch depending on your needs and how quickly you plan to use it.
What is Horseradish Mayonnaise?
Quite simply, horseradish mayonnaise is just a combination of the two popular condiments.
It can be used in place of mayonnaise in sandwiches or any place you would normally use mayo, or it can be used as a dip or sauce for appetizers, vegetables, or french fries.
We’ve added a few additional ingredients to this recipe to help blend and elevate the flavours while still keeping it quick and simple.
To make horseradish mayo you will need:
- Mayonnaise – You can use your favourite store-bought mayonnaise. Full-fat, light or even vegan mayo will all work fine.
- Horseradish – Again, use your favourite. You can use mild, medium or hot depending on your prefrence.
- Lemon juice – I prefer to use fresh lemon juice, which has the best flavour, but as there is such a small amount used in this recipe you can use bottled if you prefer.
- Garlic powder – Just a small amount of garlic powder to elevate the flavour without overpowering the horseradish. If you like you can use a small clove of fresh garlic instead.
- Dried chives – They add a very light onion flavour and add a little bit of colour to the white spread.
- Fresh cracked pepper – You only need a few twists. If you don’t like pepper you can leave this out.
For a full list of ingredients and measurements, see the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
To make horseradish mayo all you need to do is mix all the ingredients in a small bowl until well combined.
You can let this mayo rest in the fridge for a couple of hours to let the flavours blend, or use it right away.
I honestly haven’t noticed much of a difference between using it immediately or letting it rest.
Ways to use Horseradish Mayo
Horseradish mayo can be used just like regular mayo. It will add a kick of heat to any recipe you use it in.
We generally use it as a spread for sandwiches. We love using it on beef dip sandwiches, but it is also great on burgers, or cold sandwiches. You can also use it as a side to go along with steak, like our cast iron flank steak.
In addition, it makes a wonderful dip, used more like an aioli, for veggies, appetizers, or french fries. We even like to dip our tater tots in it.
No. Mayonnaise and aioli are not actually the same thing even though they are often used interchangeably. True aioli is an emulsion of garlic and olive oil, while mayonnaise is an emulsion of egg, an acid such as lemon juice, and canola oil. However, most aioli you find in supermarkets and on restaurant menus, at least in North America, is simply flavoured mayonnaise.
This mayonnaise should keep for 2-3 weeks in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This time will be shortened, however, if the ingredients were near expiry or you used homemade mayonnaise.
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Easy Horseradish Mayo
- ½ Cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoon prepared horseradish
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon dried chives
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
- Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until well combined.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.