What Is Remoulade?

Coalfish with Remoulade Remoulade is a mayonnaise- or aioli-based sauce that is popular with seafood and fish. Remoulade is similar to tartar sauce, though it is arguably a little more flavorful. It often contains paprika or horseradish, and those...

Coalfish with Remoulade
Coalfish with Remoulade

Remoulade is a mayonnaise- or aioli-based sauce that is popular with seafood and fish.

Remoulade is similar to tartar sauce, though it is arguably a little more flavorful. It often contains paprika or horseradish, and those flavors are often then amplified by the addition of chopped pickles, diced anchovies or capers. All in all, the creaminess of the base is paired with a piquant, slightly sour accent.

Remoulade is very popular in France, Germany and many of the Scandinavian countries. In those places, it is sometimes served on hot dogs, roast beef sandwiches or as an accompaniment to french fries. In France, in particular, it can seem as though there is no wrong way to eat remoulade.

If you are interested in trying to make your own remoulade, here's  a basic recipe to start with:

  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp. herbs, such as chives, parsley or tarragon
  • 1 Tbsp. capers
  • 2 diced cornichons

The reason we said that this is a "basic" recipe that is because as long as your remoulade adheres to the same basic formula, there is plenty of room to experiment. If you hate capers, leave them out. If you love cornichon, go ahead and add more. Remoulade can really be altered to suit your taste.

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