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25 June 2021

My favorite creamy Cajun remoulade sauce recipe made with mayo, sriracha, mustard and horseradish with lots of spices. Perfect for seafood like shrimp, fried oysters, crab cakes or white fish. Very versatile and easy to make your own.

When it comes to versatile sauces, it doesn’t get any better than a simple, homemade remoulade sauce. I’ve seen it called by many names – crab cake sauce, shrimp sauce, shrimp remoulade – which just highlights that versatility.

With a Louisiana remoulade sauce, the recipe is spiced up in different ways from the classic French remoulade that make it unique, and frankly perfect for any spicy or non spicy food lover. It’s HUGE on flavor, something we all crave.

Let’s talk about how to make a homemade remoulade sauce, shall we?

Cajun Remoulade on a spoon

Cajun Remoulade Sauce Ingredients

  • Mayonnaise.
  • Sriracha. Or use chili sauce. I usually add in a bit more than the recipe calls for.
  • Mustard. Spicy brown mustard (or use Creole mustard). Whole grain mustard is great here, too, as is Dijon mustard.
  • Prepared Horseradish. I use “hot” for myself.
  • Worcestershire Sauce. 
  • Peppers. 1 jalapeno pepper, minced. Or you can use hotter if you’d like, such as serrano.
  • Shallot. 
  • Garlic. 
  • Lemon Juice. 
  • Seasonings. Creole seasonings or use your favorite Cajun Seasonings. I also use cayenne pepper to taste and sometimes black pepper.
  • Extra Hot Sauce. Optional, but I love the extra flavor and heat. Use your favorite.

How to Make Remoulade Sauce – the Recipe Steps

First, gather up your ingredients and add them to a small bowl.

Cajun Remoulade ingredients in a bowl

Whisk them all together, like so, for a chunkier remoulade sauce.

Cajun Remoulade being whisked in a bowl

Alternatively, you can process them together in a blender or food processor to achieve a smoother remoulade sauce.

Cajun Remoulade in a food processor

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.

Cajun Remoulade, ready to serve

Recipe Tips & Notes

  • Ratios. This is my preferred remoulade sauce recipe, made Cajun or Creole style, but you can easily adjust the ratios and ingredients to your own preferences.
  • Sweet or Salty. You can add a touch of saltiness and brininess by adding capers and/or chopped pickles. Pickled peppers are nice, too.
  • Other Ingredients. You can add other ingredients, too. Roasted red peppers are a wonderful addition. Green onions are nice. Finely chopped dill pickles or pickle relish is a common ingredient, or even a bit of pickle juice.
  • 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.

Spicy Cajun Remoulade sauce on a spoon

What to Serve with Cajun 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!
  • Fried Oysters
  • Fish Sticks
  • SandwichesShrimp po’ boy sandwich, oyster po’boys, any po’boy sandwich you can think of
  • Fried Green Tomatoes – a must
  • Fried Pickles
  • Dipping Sauce for Hard Boiled Eggs
  • French Fries – Dip your fries in it. You’ll thank me later.

The list goes on. Such a wonder sauce.

Creamy, spicy Remoulade Sauce in a bowl

What’s the Difference Between Remoulade Sauce and Tartar Sauce? What about Aioli?

Remoulade sauce and tartar sauce are both mayo based sauces, but differ in the other ingredients used to round it out. Tartar sauce focuses on sweet pickles and capers.

Remoulades use more savory pickles (if used), as well as other vegetables. You’ll get greater difference with this Cajun style remoulade, which incorporates spicier elements like hot sauce and horseradish.

Aioli, on the other hand, is really an emulsion of oil and raw egg yolks, at least in the modern sense, so it is very similar to mayonnaise in that way. So, you could technically use aioli to make a creamy remoulade.

Try Some of My Other Popular Easy Sauce Recipes

Cajun Remoulade Sauce in a bowl

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Cajun Remoulade Sauce Recipe
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Homemade Remoulade Sauce Recipe

My favorite creamy Cajun remoulade sauce recipe made with mayo, sriracha, mustard and horseradish with lots of spices. Perfect for seafood like shrimp, fried oysters, crab cakes or white fish. Very versatile and easy to make your own.
Prep Time4 mins
Cook Time1 min
Total Time5 mins
Course: Main Course, sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cajun, recipe, sauce, spicy
Servings: 16 tablespoons
Calories: 51kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha or use chili sauce
  • 2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard or use Creole mustard
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish I used HOT
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 jalapeno pepper minced
  • 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
  • Hot sauce to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • 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.
  • Serve!

Video

Notes

Heat Factor: Mild, though there is a lot of flavor. You can easily spice things up by adding a spicy chili pepper to the mix.

Nutrition

Calories: 51kcal | Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 15mg | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 2.9mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.1mg

This is the best remoulade sauce of them all! I love it Cajun style. Nice and spicy and big on flavor. Enjoy.

NOTE: This recipe was updated on 6/25/21 to include new information and video. It was originally published on 3/25/19.