Remoulade is a French sauce that loosely resembles Thousand Island dressing. In the United States, it’s often served with Southern classics like crab cakes, fried green tomatoes, Po’boys, and other fried favorites.

A bowl of remoulade sauce with a spoon next to it.

Everyone has their own version of “secret sauce.” McDonald’s has special sauce on their Big Macs, In-N-Out has the infamous “spread,” and in the United States we love our Thousand Island dressing.

In France, the secret sauce is Remoulade. Made with mayonnaise and featuring a briney element such as pickles or capers, Remoulade can have many ingredients such as anchovies, ketchup, and lemon juice.

It’s great with fried fish and seafood, fried green tomatoes, and crab cakes. Use it as a dipping sauce or a sandwich spread. It comes together fast with mostly pantry ingredients.

Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Remoulade Sauce Recipe

Recipe ingredients

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Ingredient notes

  • Tabasco: For a spicer sauce, add extra tabasco and cayenne pepper.
  • Worcestershire: You get plenty of umami oomph from the anchovy paste, so taste the sauce before adding more Worcestershire.

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, ketchup, lemon juice, mustard, anchovy paste, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper. Add salt, pepper, tabasco, and Worcestershire sauce to taste. Fold in parsley. Cover and chill until serving time, up to four days in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
A bowl of remoulade sauce with a spoon next to it.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes 1 ½ cups remoulade or 12 servings, 2 tablespoons each.
  • Storage: Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Craft your favorite version: All the ingredients can be modified to your taste. The version we serve with Crab Cakes, for example, has dill relish but no ketchup.
Fried green tomatoes on a baking sheet.
Fried Green Tomatoes with remoulade sauce.

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A bowl of remoulade sauce with a spoon next to it.

Remoulade Sauce

Remoulade is a French sauce that loosely resembles Thousand Island dressing. In the United States, it's often served with Southern classics like crab cakes, fried green tomatoes, Po'boys, and other fried favorites.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 6 mins
Servings 12 servings (2 tablespoons each)
Course Pantry
Cuisine American
Calories 133

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste or 3 fillets, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and ground white pepper to taste
  • Tabasco sauce to taste (see note 1)
  • Worcestershire sauce to taste (see note 2)
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

Instructions 

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, ketchup, lemon juice, mustard, anchovy paste, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper. Add salt, pepper, tabasco, and Worcestershire sauce to taste.
  • Fold in parsley. Cover and chill until serving time, up to four days in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Notes

  1. Tabasco: For a spicer sauce, add extra tabasco and cayenne pepper.
  2. Worcestershire: You get plenty of umami oomph from the anchovy paste, so taste the sauce before adding more Worcestershire.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tablespoonsCalories: 133kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 175mgPotassium: 27mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 149IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mg
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