A classic French Remoulade recipe that’s as versatile as it is delicious! Use it for spreading, dipping, and tossing in a wide variety of dishes!
Remoulade sauce is a classic French cold sauce with mayonnaise as its base. It’s traditionally served with meats, fish, seafood, and as a dipping sauce.
This classic French rémoulade recipe comes together in minutes and keeps in the fridge for up to two weeks. And don’t worry about it going to waste because there are SO many delicious ways you can use it! (see below)
Remoulade vs. Tartar Sauce vs. Aioli – What’s the Difference?
There is considerable overlap between remoulade and tartar sauce and tartar sauce is considered a kind of remoulade. However there are some differences including a wider variety of herbs in remoulade (including tarragon), the traditional inclusion of anchovy (either in the form of anchovy essence or finely chopped fillets), and the addition of gherkins/cornichons in remoulade versus sweet pickles in tartar sauce. All in all, the two are pretty interchangeable though there are flavor differences in each you may wish to emphasize in specific dishes.
In contrast, aioli is typically much simpler (though many variations exist) and in its most basic form includes garlic, salt and pepper.
Besides French rémoulade there are two other variations: Louisiana remoulade (which incorporates Creole and Cajun influences and includes ingredients like celery, parsley, green onions, Creole mustard, and hot sauce), and Danish remoulade (which includes the additions of turmeric, finely chopped cauliflower, cucumber, and cabbage).
How To Use Remoulade
Remoulade sauce is very versatile and pairs well with a wide variety of dishes. It’s perfect for crab cakes, fried fish, po’ boy sandwiches, clams, shrimp, calamari, oysters, boiled lobster, chicken tenders, hushpuppies, French fries, oven roasted potatoes, zucchini fries, onion rings, fried dill pickles, fried green tomatoes, baked potatoes, hamburgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches, tuna salad, ham salad, egg salad, potato salad, or with a bag of potato chips!
How to Make Remoulade
Let’s get started!
Place the mayonnaise in a bowl along with the remaining ingredients.
Note: Nothing compares to the flavor of real French Dijon mustard. We strongly recommend using the Maille Dijon Mustard which is available in many countries outside of France.
Stir until the ingredients are fully combined.
Cover and chill in the refrigerator until ready to use.
For more homemade sauces from around the world be sure to try our:
- Bearnaise Sauce
- Jamaican Jerk Sauce
- Tartar Sauce
- Authentic Enchilada Sauce
- Bechamel Sauce
- Sweet and Sour Sauce
- Hoisin Sauce
- Black Bean Sauce
- Char Siu Sauce
- Teriyaki Sauce
Classic French Remoulade
- 1 cup quality mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons finely minced cornichons
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped mixed herbs (tarragon is traditional and highly recommended; additionally you can include parsley, chives, and chervil)
- 1 tablespoon very finely minced capers
- 1 tablespoon real French Dijon mustard , we recommend Maille
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- a few drops of anchovy essence , or one small very finely chopped anchovy fillet (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Place the mayonnaise in a bowl along with the remaining ingredients. Stir until the ingredients are fully combined. Cover and chill for at least a few hours before using. For the best flavor, let the sauce chill in the fridge for 24 hours before using to allow time for the flavors to fully meld. Store in the fridge in an airtight container. Will keep up to 2 weeks.Makes a little over 1 cup.