Homemade Horseradish


This horseradish recipe uses a food processor to make this fiery condiment. It tastes fresher and is much more pungent than store-bought.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
1 1/4 cups

Who needs store-bought horseradish when you can easily make the flavorful condiment at home? This horseradish recipe is quick, cheap, and incredibly easy to make. Since it makes more than one cup with just four ingredients, you get a lot of bang for your buck.

What Is Horseradish?

Horseradish is a pleasantly pungent condiment made from the root of the horseradish plant. It's usually made with just the root, vinegar, sugar, and salt. Horseradish is used to add intense flavor to all sorts of things, from sauces (such as cocktail sauce) to cocktails (such as Bloody Marys).

How to Make Horseradish

You'll find a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below, but let's go over the basics:

Horseradish Ingredients

These are the four ingredients you'll need to make horseradish at home:

· Horseradish root: This homemade horseradish recipe starts with a peeled and cubed horseradish root.
· Vinegar: White vinegar will stabilize the flavor of the horseradish. Since the vinegar is added at the same time as everything else, this horseradish is relatively mild (but it still packs a powerful punch).
· Sugar: White sugar helps balance the strong flavors.
· Salt: You'll also need a pinch of salt.

How to Make Horseradish at Home

Making horseradish at home is as simple as combining all the ingredients in a food processor and pulsing until blended.

How to Store Horseradish

Transfer the homemade horseradish to an airtight storage container or jar. Store it in the refrigerator for up to one month. You can freeze horseradish for up to six months, but it may lose some of its pungency.

Ways to Use Horseradish

Add horseradish to anything that needs a burst of bold flavor. Mix it into dips or salad dressings, spread it onto sandwiches or burgers, add it to your Bloody Mary, serve it instead of wasabi with sushi, or stir it into ketchup and pair with shrimp for homemade cocktail sauce. The options are limitless!

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"I never knew fresh horseradish was so easy to make," says Allegra Frank. "The root was too tough for my mini food processor but the Vitamix minced it like a champ."

"Simple, easy … never going back to store-bought," according to sneakiecj. "I prefer not to add sugar. I grind it, wait a few minutes, wipe the tears from my eyes, then add the vinegar!"

"This was absolutely awesome," raves Mare. "The first time I ever made horseradish. I didn't change a thing. So easy to make. This will now be the only horseradish in my kitchen."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 cup peeled and cubed horseradish root

  • ¾ cup white vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons white sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Combine horseradish, vinegar, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor or blender; pulse until blended. Carefully remove the cover of the processor or blender, keeping your face away from the container.

  2. Cover and store horseradish in the refrigerator for up to one month.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

12 Calories
3g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 12
% Daily Value *
Sodium 59mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 16mg 78%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 76mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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