Homemade Prepared Hot Horseradish


Homemade horseradish is really quite easy if you have a food processor--and are careful. While this looks like something from the grocery store, the flavor is incomparable. Intensely hot and aromatic, this is the real deal.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
3 cups


  • 1 pound horseradish root - peeled, ends trimmed, cut into 1/4-inch dice

  • ¾ cup water, or as needed - divided

  • cup distilled white vinegar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt


  1. Place diced horseradish in a food processor; add a splash of cold water. Pulse on and off until mixture begins to blend. Scrape down sides of food processor container (the fumes are very strong, so keep your face away from the bowl and the room well ventilated).

  2. Continue blending, adding a bit more water if mixture seems too dry. Process until horseradish is finely ground. Wait 2 minutes before adding the vinegar and salt; supposedly this makes the horseradish hotter. After 2 or 3 minutes, add vinegar and salt. Continue processing until mixture is smooth and creamy or to your desired consistency, adding more water if necessary. Transfer to airtight storage containers. Refrigerate.

    close up view of Hot Horseradish in a jar next to a wooden spoon
    Chef John

Chef's Notes:

The fumes produced by this process are very intense and will cause burning eyes and runny noses if you're not in a well-ventilated space.

If you don't have a food processor, you can use a heavy-duty blender but you'll need to add a bit more water for the initial blending step.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

6 Calories
1g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 6
% Daily Value *
Sodium 61mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 11mg 54%
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 53mg 1%

* 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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