Louisiana Remoulade Sauce

Louisiana Remoulade Sauce with Paprika
Diana Rattray
Prep: 8 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 8 mins
Servings: 20 servings
Yield: 1 1/4 cups
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
79 Calories
8g Fat
1g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 20
Amount per serving
Calories 79
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 111mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 14mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Remoulade is a savory sauce of French origin that is smooth, thick, and plain delicious. Usually served alongside crab or salmon cakes, it's actually excellent for all sorts of preparations, from fried vegetables to sandwiches. Our Southern take on the mayonnaise-based sauce makes a tangy and mouth-watering preparation thanks to the addition of capers, cornichons, grainy mustard, and a little paprika. The total amount of work is just 8 minutes. Everything goes into a food processor, though a blender or immersion blender works fine. Or mix it by hand, mincing the cornichons, capers, and onions first, and then adding the rest of the ingredients. Serve this sauce with crispy seafood cakes, fried shrimp, calamari, or fish sticks, or spread it on po' boys, burgers, or hot dogs. There is no wrong way of eating this versatile preparation.

The influence of French cuisine in Creole culinary traditions produced locally adapted versions of classic French dishes, and remoulade is just one of the. Some Louisiana remoulades are pink—from the addition of tomato paste, paprika, or ketchup—some others are spicy, some are oil-based, and some are mayonnaise-based. But mustard is the ingredient that is usually present in all versions and provides the sauce its characteristically pungent flavor. And it's because of this vibrant flavor that this sauce is the perfect accompaniment to heavy fried foods. Try it with fried zucchini or eggplant and use it on fries, fried soft-shell crabs, breaded artichokes, or green fried tomatoes. Our version of this sauce is dairy-free and vegetarian, but for a vegan-friendly approach, simply replace the egg-based mayonnaise with vegan mayonnaise.

Louisiana versions of remoulade are varied. They might contain green onions, celery, hard-cooked eggs, garlic, or horseradish. If you're keen on horseradish, add about one teaspoon along with the mustard and lemon juice. But as is, our remoulade is bold in flavor and has the perfect texture, both for dipping and spreading. Ideally, remoulade should have several hours in the refrigerator to develop the best flavor, but it's delicious right away, too. If you can prepare it ahead of time, leave it overnight in the refrigerator for best results. This sauce can be kept in an airtight container for up to 5 days, and can be made into a light dressing when thinned out with olive oil and drizzled on fresh greens.


  • 8 to 10 small cornichons, coarsely chopped

  • 2 teaspoons capers

  • 2 green onions, coarsely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon mustard, Creole or whole grain

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 to 3 dashes Tabasco, or 1 dash cayenne pepper

  • 1 dash salt, or to taste

  • 1 dash freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. In a food processor, combine the cornichons, capers, green onion (if using), lemon juice, mustard, and parsley. Pulse until finely chopped.

  2. Add the mayonnaise, paprika, and Tabasco sauce or cayenne. Pulse to blend.

  3. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.

  4. Spoon the mixture into a jar or container with a lid; use it right away to accompany your favorite recipes.

  5. Enjoy!

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