This Louisiana style remoulade sauce recipe is a creamy, spicy mayo-based sauce that's perfect for shrimp, fried oysters, crab cakes and more, easy to make!
Cajun Remoulade Sauce is the Best
When it comes to versatile sauces, it doesn't get any better than a simple, easy remoulade sauce. I've seen it called by many names - crab cake sauce, shrimp sauce, shrimp remoulade - which just highlights that versatility.
What is Remoulade Sauce?
Remoulade sauce is a mayonnaise based sauce popular with fried foods and seafood. It originated in France, though is somewhat different in American cuisine.
With a Louisiana remoulade sauce, the recipe is spiced up in different ways from the classic French remoulade with ingredients like horseradish, pickle juice, Creole mustard, and spices, which makes it unique, and frankly perfect for any spicy or non spicy food lover.
It is comparable to tartar sauce, which focuses more on sweeter, brinier elements.
Let's talk about how to make remoulade sauce, shall we?
Homemade Remoulade Sauce Ingredients
- Louisiana Style Hot Sauce. Use Crystal hot sauce, Tabasco, or something similar. Or use chili sauce. Sriracha is a good substitute as well.
- Creole Mustard. Spicy brown mustard or a whole grain mustard can be used, as well as Dijon mustard.
- Prepared Horseradish. I use "hot" for myself.
- Worcestershire Sauce.
- Optional Peppers. 1 jalapeno pepper, minced. Or you can use hotter if you'd like, such as serrano.
- Lemon Juice.
- Pickle Juice. I like to use a bit from my pickled jalapenos. Perfect!
- Seasonings. Creole seasonings or use your favorite Cajun Seasonings. I also use cayenne pepper to taste and salt and sometimes black pepper.
- Fresh Chopped Parsley.
How to Make Remoulade Sauce - the Recipe Steps
Add Ingredients to a Bowl. First, gather up your ingredients and add them to a small bowl.
Whisk Until Combined. Whisk them all together, like so, for a chunkier remoulade sauce.
Alternatively, you can process them together in a blender or food processor to achieve a smoother remoulade sauce.
Refrigerate Before Serving. Finally, refrigerate for at least 1 hour to let the flavors mingle.
BOOM! DONE! I love how simple this easy remoulade sauce can be. Cajun style! This is my favorite remoulade recipe, as it is so easy to make and it is huge on flavor. I love it.
Refrigerate a couple hours before serving to let the flavors mingle.
Is Remoulade Sauce Spicy?
A typical Cajun remoulade sauce is a bit spicy because of the addition of hot sauce and Creole spices. However, you can make a milder version to your preference by cutting back on specific ingredients.
Recipe Tips & Notes
- Seasonings. You can use either Cajun or Creole spices for your remoulade. Cajun seasoning tends to be spicier, where Creole seasoning tends to include more herbs and variety. Both are great here.
- Other Ingredients. Roasted red peppers are a wonderful addition. Green onions are nice. Finely chopped dill pickles or pickle relish is a common ingredient.
- Lighter Remoulade Sauce. You can make a light remoulade sauce version by substituting part of the mayo with either plain yogurt, Mexican crema, or American sour cream.
Home cooks can easily adjust to make their own favorite version.
What to Serve with Remoulade Sauce?
- Grilled or Fried Fish. Think whitefish like catfish, tilapia, swordfish, etc.
- Shrimp. Fried shrimp, cold shrimp, grilled shrimp. Shrimp!
- Chicken. Grilled or roasted chicken is so delicious with this sauce.
- Crab Cakes. They don't call it crab cake sauce for nothing!
- Sandwiches. Shrimp po' boy sandwich, oyster po' boys, any po' boy sandwich you can think of.
- Anything Fried. Or from the air fryer. Fried oysters, fish sticks, pickles, fried green tomatoes, French fries!
- Dipping Sauce for Hard Boiled Eggs.
The list goes on. Such a wonder sauce.
Store any leftover remoulade sauce in the refrigerator for 5 days in a sealed container. I do not recommend freezing mayo-based sauces.
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Homemade Remoulade Sauce Recipe
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon Louisiana style hot sauce
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- 1 teaspoon Creole mustard or use spicy brown mustard
- 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish I used HOT
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon pickle juice
- 1 jalapeno pepper minced (optional)
- 1 small shallot minced
- 2 cloves garlic minced (or use garlic powder)
- Juice from half a lemon
- 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning blend
- Cayenne pepper to taste optional, for a spicy kick
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Whisk together all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Alternatively, you can process them together in a blender or food processor to achieve a smoother remoulade sauce.
- Refrigerate for at least 1 hour to let the flavors mingle.
NOTE: This recipe was updated on 2/13/23 to include new information and video. It was originally published on 3/25/19.