109 Things To Do With Horseradish

Horseradish Root
I’ll start by saying that I don’t actually have 109 things to do with horseradish, but I’m working on it. It is one of those foods that is so good for us, but with its strong flavour and the fact that if you eat too much at one time your head will feel like it’s imploding, makes it tricky to incorporate into the diet. Let’s first start with the obvious fact, horseradish root in its whole form will make you giggle when you look at it. This is what it looks like. Horseradish RootHave you heard of the doctrine of signatures? It’s when foods look like the parts of the body they are good for. Walnuts look like brains and their fat is super brain fuel. Tomatoes have four chambers like the heart. And horseradish is a super food to help increase circulation, including to the extremities. There are additional health benefits outlined below.

Health Benefits of Horseradish

  • Beneficial in dissolving mucus in the nose and also helpful in sinus. That killer feeling when you eat too much at once apparently decreases as your mucous levels reduce.
  • Horseradish contains glucosinolates, a compound in the root that is thought to increase human resistance to cancer. It is said also that glucosinates increase the liver’s ability to detoxify and eliminate carcinogens that may cause malignant tumors.
  • Horseradish has exceptionally high vitamin C content. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that can repair damaged cells.
  • Horseradish has antibiotic properties that can help cure urinary tract infections and kill bacteria in the throat.
  • Horseradish is often used as a diuretic and can help treat kidney stones and edema.
  • Horseradish stimulates the appetite.
  • Horseradish can help cure toothaches.
Though horseradish sauce can be purchased ready made in most grocery stores, often when you buy it, it is full of white vinegar and sugar and dyes. I colour mine with beets, add a little cider vinegar and call it a day. As I continue to build my list to 109 (and if you have a great one, post in the comments below and I will add to the list) here are my favourite uses:
  1. Use with sushi instead of traditional wasabi.
  2. Add to your hummus (recipe below) or guacamole.
  3. Use in a sandwich or wrap for a little extra zing.
  4. Add about a teaspoon to your salad dressing, again – zing!
  5. Slice tomatoes thin, add a dollop of horseradish and some fresh chopped basil and sea salt as an appetizer.
  6. Have with scrambled or poached eggs and salsa.
  7. Add a small amount per bite the next time you enjoy fish.
  8. Mix horseradish in with your homemade ketchup for a cocktail sauce.
And now for a couple of recipes! Print
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Traditional Horseradish Sauce

  • Author: Meghan Telpner
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x


Your typical horseradish like you’d buy in the store, but made by you from scratch using beets to make it pink.


  • 2 cups peeled and coarsley chopped horseradish root
  • 1/2 cup peeled and coarsley chopped beets
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 Tbs cider vinegar


  1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth.
  2. Store in a mason jar in the fridge.
  3. Will keep for about 3 weeks, no problem. The potency will diminish over time.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Condiment
And this next one is my current hummus obsession! I discovered this amazing flavour mix when I was in St. Lucia a couple of years ago. A brand new supermarket had opened at the North end of the island and my friend Livy and I were roaming the aisles for some real food and low and behold, we found hummus! And it had horseradish in it. Print
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Horseradish Spiked Hummus

  • Author: Meghan Telpner
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 2 1/2 cups 1x


Take your hummus game to the next level by adding some fresh horseradish root or a dollop of your prepared horseradish sauce.


  • 2 cups or 114 oz organic can of chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 12 cloves of garlic
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp tahini
  • Pinch of cayenne (optional)
  • sea salt to taste
  • Water as needed for desired consistency
  • 2 Tbsp – 1/4 cup horseradish sauce (all depends how strong your horseradish is and how strong you want it to be)


  1. Add all ingredients except horseradish into your blender or food processor and run until smooth.
  2. Add water as needed for desired thickness.
  3. Transfer to bowl and mix in horseradish sauce. Keep tasting as you mix until you get just the right balance for you.
  4. If you still want some zing, cayenne should do the trick!
  5. Store airtight in the fridge.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Condiment

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  1. Yum! This looks so good! I just bought some horseradish the other day, coincidentally, but didn’t know what to do with it!

  2. I love me some horseradish and I love me some hummus- so naturally this looks fantastic! I will definitely try this one soon :)


  3. I make it my own horseradish: chop and blend it with apple cider vinegar, a dash of sea salt and organic sugar or honey, and let it sit in the fridge for a few days. Don’t breathe in the vapours, it will make your eyes water like crazy.
    I eat it with everything, a dollop in half an avocado, some with miso and warm lentils… It’s most delicious!

  4. I bought the tiniest jar of Horseradish this evening when shopping for tomorrows family meals. Being home alone tonight for dinner, I thought, I’ll give this a try, having never tried Horseradish before. When home I tried a little Horseradish on the tip of a teaspoon to get a taste and feel for it. Agh, I though I could turn into a dragon firing flames from my nostrils!! So I headed to my computer and found “109” uses for Horseradish. Whilst I thought “great! but I don’t have time to read all 109 uses” I was pleasantly surprised by what I did read. And, Meghan’s and readers comments gave me the bravado I needed to continue to use it in my evening meal. I had a piece of lamb fillet and baby mushrooms cooked in the pan after I removed the lamb to rest. With finely chopped lettuce, sauerkraut (direct from the fridge), I mashed some horseradish with avocado, placed the mushrooms on top and “voila” what a wonderful meal. I will do this for my family when they are home. The cold veges together with the mushrooms, seemed to make the Horseradish lose much of the “dragon ” hotness, and left instead was its beautiful flavour with just a hint of heat! Wonderful. Thank you.

  5. I have 32 Organic horseradish plants that are about 5 years old.Love this stuff!We add it to everything!My favs are any veggies–steam broccoli and cauliflower are the best and add to any meats–nope-im not vegan–but working it–Last night we added it to our salmon–OMG–was that good–It gives everything THE POP it needs.I put it in soups–just everything really.

  6. I was given some from another allotmenteer and having googled I found you can make horseradish oil. Love the idea of punking up a salad or when frying something off with a bit of kick – keeps in the fridge for a few weeks

  7. I give my Turkey Burger an extra kick by adding a dollop of horse radish along with my sweet relish and mustard. It gives It extra zing.

  8. I absolutely love horseradish! I make homemade bacon horseradish dip. I simply use sour cream, horseradish, and bacon. This is great without the bacon, also. My approximate measurements are 1cup sour cream , 1 slice of bacon, 1 heaping teaspoon horseradish. Adjust for your tastes. My go-to for horseradish is Gold’s and I use uncured chicken bacon. This is delicious with chips and veggies.

  9. Great ideas. I actually use equal parts horseradish and nettle leaf into powder and brandy in a Mason Jar, just 1/2″ above the herb. I place in cool dark place and give it a good shake daily. After two weeks fill up to the rim with more brandy. This is my said a true allergy kick it away for tincture. Works on all allergies. Love the taste. Gonna have to try it in NY human, tabula etc. Lol. Live your info.

  10. I put horseradish on steak and burgers, in salad dressing, on loaded baked potatos and mix it into casseroles. I love the idea of putting it in hummus- that sounds delicious.

  11. Mix a tablespoon of shredded horseradish (or to taste) with a 1/4 cup of sour cream and is a great condiment for roast beef or prime rib.

  12. When I was a kid. My grandfather used to spread a layer of horseradish on his mashed potatoes. When I got married in 78 an started eating at home I decided to try it as an alternative to gravy / butter it’s now 2017 and I still love it

  13. I mix some mayo & horseradish and use it to spread my bread for egg sandwiches. I also spread a thin layer between two slices of cheese in a grilled cheese sandwich.

  14. I use horseradish with a little thin cream to add to soups that need some oomph. My son came up with a nice idea – we grow our own horseradish so have plenty – of adding very thin slices cut across pieces of good thickness to potato, Jerusalem artichoke and parsnip gratins to give the occasional explosion of heat.

  15. I am in Bali, Indonesia where fresh horseradish root is very inexpensive and readily available. Here they use it chopped into small pieces and added as a vegetable to chicken soup called soto ayam. =-) Great way to get more of it into the diet by adding it to stews and soups .

  16. Wow! These are great new ways to use horseradish that I’ve never thought of! I’m going to try the hummus recipe tonight, thanks for sharing!

  17. I use horseradish sauce mixed with mashed avacado as a sandwich spread for turkey sandwiches, along with lettuce/spinach,tomato and red onion. It’ delicious. I also use the same avocado/horseradish mixture when I make tuna sandwiches or egg salad sandwiches as well.

  18. One of my favorite restaurants in the world serves their prime rib with fresh shaved (not grated) horseradish. When I want to make my steak or prime rib special, I shave a root with a vegetable peeler and put a small pile atop each steak.

  19. Whip 1/2 c heavy cream, add grated horseradish to taste and salt to taste. This decadence is delicious on steamed or roasted veggies, patty melt or steak. I have even used left overs on a fritatta.

  20. I bought some fresh root off a site in the UK, decided to shave some to add to my roast roots and beef roast for Sunday……intrepid but worth it, horseradish raises the mundane to stratospheric….I’m hooked!!

  21. Meghan,
    I just wanted to pop in and say “Thank you!” I love horseradish and its’ cousin, wasabi, but only knew of limited uses for these two awesome roots. Your blog has opened me up to many new and interesting ideas of what to do with this delicious sauce (I make mine fresh-stronger ;-) )

    Anyway, thank you again. You’re an awesome gal.

  22. I like to mix horseradish with sour cream and add dollop on my roast beef, lamb kebabs in a pita, on my burgers or mix with my beef stroganoff.

  23. I grate fresh horseradish and mix it with double cream and a dash of caster sugar. Yum yum with any of your recipes. Doesn’t store; loses potency quickly. Volatile.

  24. I have a lot of horseradish growing on the property. I dehydrated and ground some up and I love to use that in any Slaw and I add it to salad dressings. I have added it fresh to Waldorf salad, Yum! I still have tons and so I’m always on the lookout for more ways to use it. PS Horseradish greens in the spring are wonderful, not very bitter and just a hind of horseradish!

  25. I came here looking for what to do with all of my excess horseradish. I bought it to make Fire Cider which is said to be an excellent tonic.

  26. I have 2 large horseradish plants and always eat the leaves in the spring. They are great in salads and on sandwiches. I cut up the root and make sauce and often throw in small pieces in beef stew or quinoa.

  27. I love to add a dollop of horseradish to my tuna salad.
    In making my last Beef stew I added red wine and Horseradish. Made the gravy extra tasty and it glistened, but without actually tasting the horseradish or sting.

  28. My oldest brother made a sauce to go on prime rib or with any steak and I love it so much I dip everything in it like roasted potatoes and other veggies. It’s a couple teaspoons of horseradish, a couple tablespoons of mayo and douse red wine vinegar over and mix thoroughly… we didn’t measure, we just played around with the ingredients to suit our own tastes and I love it. I’ve also added a splash of Worcestershire sauce too. It’s all good!

  29. My Polish Grandmother used to mix Horseradish with beet juice at Easter and we would use it on hard boiled Easter eggs. I love it mixed with sour cream and garlic on baked potatoes. You can also take a long shaved slice and use it in a Bloody Mary drink instead of celery. Love the hummus idea!

  30. Am awed as well as excited by your site as it suggests so many ways to use the root. We grow our own, use it on prime rib and other beef dishes.
    Perhaps my suggestion to you would be unique-add a full or partial teaspoon full to a soda cracker and chase with beer. Awesome. So to speak “it will separate the men from the boys”. You need to start with a small amount and build up from there.

  31. I came here looking for ways to use up our recent harvest-wow, thanks. Now I’ll share-a favorite at church men’s club meetings is crackers topped with peanut butter and prepared horseradish.

  32. I put horseradish in my potato salad and it makes it phenomenal! You don’t need many other ingredients if you use that with green onions and sour cream that’s really a great potato salad.

  33. Hi! Just wondering if this recipe can be processed in hot water bath. Just wondering if it is acidic enough to prevent spoilage?

  34. Horseradish Vodka!!
    This was used in a Bloody Mary I ordered at a restaurant in MI (WOW!). I went home, ordered a root and made my own. Turned out fabulous! Even on it’s own the taste is surprisingly smooth (but does have an initial jolt), It has all the taste but not the strong side effects of horseradish.

    750ml Vodka
    2 oz Horseradish (peeled)
    1 T. Celery Seed
    2 T. Black Peppercorn

    Pour off 1 C vodka and save. Put all ingredients in bottle, pour the cup of Vodka back in. Rotate the bottle upside down a couple of times. Let sit at least 24 hrs

  35. I love the recipes above and will use them!
    I like adding horseradish to various soups as I’ve had it at Slavic restaurants – tasty! :)

  36. Whenever I make anything with beef, I will add horseradish to it. Even meatloaf! When I make a Sunday roast, I will go ahead and slather on some horseradish all over the roast and I will slather some yellow mustard on that as well before putting herbs and salt and pepper on. It makes for such a tender, juicy, succulent and flavorful roast. I wonder if it would work the same on chicken? I just put one in the oven and I’m now kicking myself for not trying this! I will give it a go next time.

    Sometimes I do add a dollop of horseradish to my mashed potatoes, especially when I’m making a beef dish.

    I bet if you rubbed some horseradish sauce on some potato wedges and then added some salt and dipped it in aioli after baking, it would make some delicious steak fries!

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