Fresh Horseradish Hot Stuff

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

The root contains highly volatile oils which are released by enzyme activity when the root cells are crushed. The whiter the root, the fresher it is. Keep the root chilled to preserve the heat. Vinegar stops the enzymatic action of the processed root and stabilizes the degree of hotness. Keep the horseradish chilled after making and seal as soon as using. Add at the end of cooking to keep as much heat for the dish.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 -2 lb fresh horseradish root (root about 12 inches, good quality root white, clean, firm, and free from cuts and blemishes)
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 14 cup white vinegar


  1. Place 3 ice cubes in a food processor.
  2. Remove peel with a sharp knife or vegetable peeler.
  3. Cut into pieces the size of the ice cubes and rinse.
  4. Placing root in food processor with salt and pulse till fine.
  5. Add chilled water only if needed. I try not to because I don`t like it watered down.
  6. Let sit in processor for 3-4 minutes to produce heat. Then add vinegar and pulse to blend.
  7. If the heat is not desired go ahead and add the vinegar without waiting.
  8. Jar the ground horseradish keeping the fumes away from eyes and nose. It`s powerful! So do be careful.


Most Helpful

Thank you for this super easy recipe! I substituted Apple cider vinegar to keep this Gluten-Free and needed to add a bit more ice water, mine was a little dry also. It made 5 cups of very hot, and very tasty horseradish! We used some right away in a sauce for Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon. Do be careful of the vapors while blending and bottling - they can be quite overwhelming! This will be my go-to recipe for Horseradish from now on!?

Chef Stacy Lynn January 09, 2015

I always heard homemade horseradish was easy to make but I had no idea how easy. Thanks for a simple yet totally effective way to make your own. I added a little extra water and vinegar to mine as it seemed a little dry. Thanks so much and I will never buy a store brand again.

Chefbabs November 16, 2014

Thank you so much for posting!! Funny thing happened...when I called DH and asked him to pick me up a jar of Horseradish for last night's dinner!! I looked at this foot long UGLY root and asked "what the heck?" DH went to the desk...signed on Zaar....and the rest is history :) I will tell everyone I know....once you've had the real stuff...I'll never buy a jar of it again!! Followed your recipe, made approx 3 cups...and I hope it lasts a very long time :) We put in 4 or 5 tbls in 1 cup of sour cream and served it with our prime rib. Thank you for posting Rita!! P.S. we were able to skip our allergy tablets last night!!

katie in the UP November 13, 2008

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