Red Robin Bistro sauce is a tangy blend of mayonnaise, horseradish, mustard, and spices that adds gourmet flavor to any dish.
One of Red Robin’s most popular sauces, they have been serving it with their signature gourmet burgers for over 50 years.
And now, you can save a trip to the restaurant and enjoy this delicious bistro sauce in the comfort of your own home.
Though the original is a closely guarded secret, I’ve put together a Red Robin Bistro sauce recipe that is easy to make and has all the great flavor of the original.
However, the key to this sauce is to give it time to rest before serving.
I recommend making it a couple of hours ahead to allow the flavors time to meld.
The horseradish gives Red Robin Bistro sauce the perfect amount of tang that will go great with so many of your favorite dishes.
Enjoy it with grilled chicken, steaks, sandwiches, and even pasta.
Serve it at your next dinner party, and listen to your dinner guests rave as they ask for more.
At the end of the recipe, I’ve included some variations that you can use for a variety of different dishes.
Spoiler alert: the dijon mustard version goes great with grilled chicken and is perfect for date night.
Read on to learn how to make a delicious Red Robin Bistro sauce that tastes just as good (or even better) than the original.
What Do You Need To Make Red Robin Bistro Sauce
Mayonnaise is the base for this sauce.
I recommend using homemade mayonnaise for a richer, creamier flavor, but you can use your favorite store-bought brand.
However, I don’t recommend Miracle Whip for this recipe as it significantly changes the taste of the sauce.
Gives the sauce the right amount of sweet tomato flavor.
The secret ingredient for a delicious bistro sauce.
Feel free to use your favorite brand of prepared horseradish.
Gives the sauce a spicy tang. Feel free to substitute dijon.
A little bit of savory flavor. Be careful; it’s easy to add too much.
If at all possible, use fresh lemons. However, you can use one tablespoon of bottled lemon juice if you don’t have access to fresh lemons.
Fresh Chopped Garlic
Adds more flavor to the sauce.
To save time, you can substitute 1 tbsp garlic powder, but I don’t recommend using garlic salt as it will over-season the sauce.
Adds a touch of exotic spice and deepens the color.
Fresh Chopped Parsley
Brightens up the sauce. If you can’t find fresh parsley, you can substitute 1 tsp of dried parsley.
- Large non-reactive bowl
- Whisk, spoon, or spatula for mixing
How To Make Red Robin Bistro Sauce
Step One: Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and mix well.
Step Two: Taste the sauce and adjust any of the ingredients until you have your desired flavor.
Step Four: Season with salt and pepper.
Step Five: Let the sauce rest in the fridge for at least two hours.
Step Six: Reheat or serve chilled.
Other Things To Consider When Making Red Robin Bistro Sauce
You Can Adjust or Substitute Ingredients
This recipe will make a delicious Red Robin Bistro sauce that tastes like the original.
However, the best part about cooking is discovering interesting new flavor combinations.
Remember, there are as many bistro sauce recipes as there are chefs to make them, so feel free to change or substitute any of the ingredients.
For example, add a pinch of ground cayenne pepper if you like a spicier sauce.
Or you can use Dijon instead of spicy mustard.
I like to add fresh herbs, like thyme or oregano, to give my bistro sauce more flavor, which goes great with grilled chicken and steak.
The bottom line, have fun and play around with the recipe to discover your favorite variation.
What Can I Eat with Red Robin Bistro Sauce?
Traditionally, bistro sauces are served over grilled chicken or meat.
But Red Robin Bistro sauce is versatile and goes great with so much more.
Use it to add some gourmet flavor to all your favorite dishes.
The tangy horseradish goes great with all kinds of grilled meats – from juicy and tender filet mignon to a mouthwatering New York strip.
It also makes an excellent accompaniment for prime rib instead of plain horseradish.
Serve it over grilled chicken, just like the finest cafes in Paris.
Use instead of Ranch dressing as a delicious dip for fresh veggies.
Red Robin Bistro sauce goes great on any burger – beef, lamb, or pork.
Once you dip your fries in this tangy sauce, you’ll never go back to using plain ketchup again.
Surprisingly, it makes an excellent sauce for pasta.
I like to add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and toss it with my favorite pasta for a quick and easy mid-week meal.
Spread on roast beef or pastrami sandwiches as a delicious alternative to mayonnaise.
And if you’re like me and dip your pizza in Ranch dressing, you’ll love how it tastes using Red Robin Bistro sauce instead.
The tangy flavor beautifully complements the rich tomato taste of the marinara sauce.
Try it out for yourself; the combinations are endless.
Make More Than You Need!
This super versatile bistro sauce goes with so many things that you’ll want to ensure you always have some on hand.
So go ahead and double up the recipe. You can store it in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two weeks, though I don’t recommend freezing it.
I always have some ready-to-whip up an impromptu hors d’oeuvre or snack for unexpected guests.
Red Robin Bistro Sauce Recipe
This copycat Red Robin Bistro Sauce Recipe creates the perfect imitation to the popular and iconic sauce. It's incredibly versatile and pairs well with so many dishes. Plus it takes just 5 minutes to make!
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 1 tablespoon horseradish
- 1 tablespoon spicy mustard
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
- ½ tablespoon fresh parsley (chopped)
- ½ tablespoon sweet paprika
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In your large mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, ketchup, horseradish, spicy mustard, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, and sweet paprika. Make sure that the ingredients are well mixed.
- Taste the sauce and adjust any of the ingredients until you have your desired flavor.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Chill the sauce in the fridge for a couple of hours to allow the flavors to meld.
- Serve chilled or warm before serving.
- Add a tablespoon or two of olive oil for a richer flavor.
- Substitute red wine vinegar for the balsamic.
- Drizzle in some honey for a touch of sweetness.
- Add a tablespoon of chopped fresh herbs, like thyme, oregano, or chives, for a more refined taste.
- Want a little heat? Add a pinch of ground cayenne pepper.
- Use dijon mustard instead of spicy for an authentic French-style bistro sauce.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 190Total Fat: 15gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 425mgCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 2g
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