Classic French Remoulade

A classic French Remoulade recipe that’s easy to make and is as versatile as it is delicious!  Use this fabulous sauce for spreading, dipping, and tossing into a wide variety of dishes.

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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 just 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)

French Remoulade vs. Tartar Sauce vs. Aioli 

There is some 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 French Remoulade

Remoulade sauce is very versatile and pairs well with a wide variety of dishes.  It’s perfect for fish cakes, crab cakes, fried fish, po’ boy sandwiches, clams, shrimp, calamari, oysters, boiled lobster, chicken tenders, hushpuppies, French fries, roasted potatoes, baked potato wedges, 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!

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French Remoulade Recipe

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 recommend using the Maille Dijon Mustard which is available in many countries outside of France.

Stir until the ingredients are fully combined.

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Cover and chill in the refrigerator until ready to use.


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Originally published on The Daring Gourmet April 3, 2021

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