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What Sauce Goes With Corned Beef? ⋆ 5 Ideal Combinations ⋆

You’ve got a corned beef dish that calls for a sauce. Perhaps you’re even having a corned beef sandwich. But what should you use? What sauce pairs nicely with this salt-cured brisket? Let’s find out!

So, what sauce goes with corned beef? Mustard is the traditional condiment to serve with corned beef, and pairs particularly nicely together. However, horseradish and mayonnaise are popular favorites too. Other sauces to try to include brown sauce or ranch.

Those should be the ones to start out with.

At least, if you are looking for the most popular combinations.

Truth is, you might have your own preferences.

Besides, not everyone likes the heat that comes with mustard or horseradish. That’s where mayonnaise can come in.

And then you can refine it further too.

So if you’re a vegan, for instance, you might opt for a veganaise or equivalent.

You get the point here.

Nevertheless, you’ll notice corned beef does pair nicely with savory or creamy sauces.

Some sweet sauces work, and some people have even been known to enjoy their corned beef with ketchup.

Not for everyone, but perhaps for you.

Lastly, do consider pickles and relishes too.

Chutneys can work very well, and there are many different brands and flavors of chutney too.

But as mustard is the most recommended sauce, let us now take a look at a simple, delicious home recipe to try.

Mustard Sauce For Corned Beef

This tangy mustard sauce pairs beautifully with corned beef and only takes about 15 minutes to prepare.


  • 1 ½ Tablespoons of Butter,
  • 1 Egg,
  • ¾ Cup of Apple Cider Vinegar,
  • ¼ Cup of Brown Sugar,
  • ¼ Cup of White Sugar,
  • ¼ Cup of Prepared Yellow Mustard,
  • ¼ Teaspoon of Salt,
  • ⅛ Teaspoon of Ground Black Pepper.


Step One: Add your butter to a saucepan and melt over low heat.

Step Two: In a bowl, whisk the egg, both sugars, mustard, salt, pepper, and vinegar together. Stir into the melted butter.

Step Three: Stir together over medium heat until the sauce starts to boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

Step Four: Serve and enjoy!


Many sauces go with corned beef.

Although for the most part, you wouldn’t do wrong with any of the five recommended here today (mustard, horseradish, mayonnaise, brown sauce, or salad cream).

That being said, if you do like mustard, you cannot really go wrong with it.

That’s why it is so commonly associated with this salt-cured brisket.

Looking for other sauce food combinations, you may be interested in my following guides: