Horseradish Sauce For Prime Rib

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This horseradish prime rib sauce is a must for any roast beef dinner. Mixing whipped cream with horseradish gives the creamy sauce just enough kick without being overwhelming.

Horseradish sauce in glass bowl next to prime rib on a platter.

What is Horseradish Whipped Cream?

Horseradish is a plant that’s cultivated mainly for its roots. It is native to Central and Eastern Europe and has very little odor until it’s cut or grated. 

Some love to use horseradish straight from the root or from a bottle. But not everyone loves the strong, hot flavor of straight horseradish. I think the best horseradish sauce for prime rib, or any roast beef, is made in the traditional British style with whipped cream.

This creamy horseradish sauce recipe is made with whipping cream, vinegar and English mustard. It’s spicy, tangy, creamy, and refreshing all at once!

I’ve seen many recipes for horseradish cream sauce made with sour cream, but those are not traditional British recipes. This is an old recipe from the 1960’s Time-Life Cooking Series, Recipes of the British Isles. My mom has been using this recipe for over 50 years. 

Ingredients for Horseradish Prime Rib Sauce

Prime rib sauce ingredients.

There is nothing like this horseradish sauce for beef tenderloin, roast beef, and prime rib. Here are some important tips for best results:

  • Be sure to buy fresh, “prepared” horseradish, which is made with just grated horseradish root, vinegar, and salt. Do NOT use horseradish “sauce” which has added cream, sour cream, or mayonnaise.
  • It’s important to drain as much of the liquid out of the horseradish as possible before incorporating it into the other ingredients. Squeeze any liquid out in a clean, dry towel.
  • Use dry English mustard. Don’t be tempted to substitute Dijon mustard as it won’t have the same flavor or consistency. 

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this horseradish sauce recipe for prime rib. 

Horseradish and spices in a bowl.

How to Make the Best Horseradish Sauce for Prime Rib

Using a clean dish towel or cheese cloth, wring out as much liquid as possible from the horseradish. Then mix together the horseradish, vinegar, sugar, English mustard, salt and white pepper.

Draining horseradish in a towel.

Beat the whipping cream until it forms stiff peaks. Gently fold the horseradish mixture into the whipped cream. Taste and adjust seasoning, adding more horseradish if desired.

Can horseradish sauce be made ahead of time?

Because it’s made with whipped cream, I wouldn’t recommend making creamy horseradish sauce for prime rib the day before. I usually make it about 2-3 hours ahead of time and refrigerate until ready. 

In fact, it tastes better if the flavors have a chance to meld. Mix all the ingredients together except the whipped cream, and refrigerate. Then whip the cream and finish the recipe just before serving.

Is horseradish sauce low-carb?

This recipe contains a mere 2 teaspoons of sugar for 8-10 servings. However, if you are very sensitive to sugar, you can easily substitute swerve or your favorite sugar substitute.

Prime rib on a plate with horseradish sauce on top.
horseradish sauce

Horseradish Sauce

This horseradish sauce is lightened with whipped cream. The recipe is from the Time-Life book Cooking of the British Isles. It's delicious on prime rib or roast beef. The recipe can be doubled.
4.99 from 58 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Condiment
Cuisine English
Servings 8 people
Calories 116 kcal



  • Using a clean dish towel, wring out as much liquid as possible from the horseradish
  • Beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
  • In a small bowl, stir the horseradish, vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt and white pepper together until well blended.
  • Gently fold the horseradish mixture into the cream. Taste and adjust seasoning, adding more horseradish as desired.


  • Use “prepared” horseradish, NOT horseradish sauce. (This is just bottled horseradish root)
  • Carefully fold the horseradish into the whipped cream.
  • This sauce can be made a few hours ahead of time.
  • store any leftover sauce in the fridge.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 116kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 365mgPotassium: 62mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 438IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Perfect!! Using your prime rib recipe again for Christmas Eve dinner this year, this was the best horseradish to accompany the meal. Last year we used sugar but this year I have Swerve in my pantry so I’ll be using it.
    Merry Christmas, Cynthia, to you and yours!

  2. 5 stars
    I always had horseradish sauce that was more like a dressing than a cream. Whipping the cream is such a good idea and makes the sauce much more luxurious.

    1. You can get horseradish cream which is different than straight horseradish, but this is so much better. It’s what we served on the prime rib at the English restaurant I worked at.

  3. 4 stars
    My family enjoyed this sauce with our Christmas prime rib, but we did have to make an adjustment. After preparing according to the recipe, there was only a hint of horseradish flavor. I found an open store on Christmas Day and bought more prepared horseradish and added the whole bottle, including *most of the liquid, to the original recipe.

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