Classic Sauce Gribiche

Asparagus With Gribiche Sauce
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 2 to 3 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
226 Calories
21g Fat
4g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 3
Amount per serving
Calories 226
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 124mg 41%
Sodium 536mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 9mg 45%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 109mg 2%
*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.)

It's not going to win any beauty contests, but sauce gribiche is one of our favorite culinary ways to dress up plain vegetables or fish (or chicken!). It's simply a mix of minced up super-flavorful ingredients combined into a beyond-savory combination that's particularly good with asparagus (as pictured), artichokes, peas, beans, and greens. Or pretty much any other vegetable. Or chicken. Or fish.

As versatile as sauce gribiche is, it's also a snap to make: just hard-boiled eggs; chop up some pickles, capers, and herbs; and mash it all together into a creamy (but cream-less) paste-as-sauce. Slather on to taste.


  • 2 large eggs

  • 6 cornichons

  • 1/4 cup parsley leaves

  • 2 tablespoons chives, chopped

  • 1 clove garlic

  • 1 teaspoon capers, rinsed

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 3 to 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Put the eggs in a small saucepan and cover them by at least an inch with cool water. Bring the water with the eggs in it to a full boil, cover the pot, and take the whole thing, cover included, off the heat. Let the eggs sit, still covered, for 7 minutes. Set a timer.

  2. While the eggs cook and sit, chop the cornichons, the parsley, and the chives. Peel and mince the garlic. They will end up in the food processor or blender, but you really don't want any big chunks of these floating through the sauce, so it's best to chop them up first.

  3. Remove the eggs from the pot, rinse them in cold water until cool enough to handle, and peel them (Tip: Doing this under running cold water is easiest). Be gentle when you peel them, the yolks will be only barely, ​not-quite-set. (Don't worry if you let the eggs sit a bit longer; a more-set yolk won't ruin the sauce at all and, in fact, for people who want to avoid any semblance of raw egg, it works great with fully hard-cooked eggs that sit in the hot water for a full 14 minutes.)

  4. Put the eggs in a food processor or blender with the cornichons, parsley, chives, garlic, capers, and mustard. Pulse to chop everything up and make a rough paste. Add the lemon juice, oil, salt, and pepper. Pulse to combine. You want a somewhat not totally smooth paste when all is said and done.

  5. Taste and adjust the seasoning; add more salt and/or pepper to taste, if you like. Serve immediately or store, covered and chilled, for up to two days. The sauce will taste its best at room temperature.

  6. Enjoy!

Raw Egg Warning

Consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs poses a risk of food-borne illness.

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