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Homemade Russian Sauce

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You can’t have a Reuben sandwich without Homemade Russian Sauce. I’m sharing this recipe today in preparation for a few pretty amazing Irish themed recipes I’ll be revealing next week. Think sandwiches (hint there is one in the background) and dips!

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Many of you know that I have a phobia. Ok maybe its not a phobia more of a dislike, despise, hate, etc you get the point…. its ketchup. Yes. I know. This can be pretty odd and well down right wrong for a food blogger to not like ketchup, but its one food item on this planet I can’t stand. It smells horrid (like dirty feet) and well it tastes god-awful. I was scared as a child and since then have written it off. I’ve asked co-workers to dispose of trash in a different location so I couldn’t smell the lingering of ketchup fumes all day long. You get the point. I hate the stuff. And why would a rant about ketchup be relevant to Russian Sauce. Well because when I was researching how to make it I found that so many recipes called for ketchup to be used in the sauce. So I searched and searched until I found the perfect sauce recipe (that had no ketchup required). I stumbled across this recipe on the Food Network website and new this was the sauce.

Of course after I made it I really know it was the sauce! This Russian sauce could be used as a dressing as well. On a salad, smeared on a sandwich, layered in a dip… the options are endless. So if your like me and hate ketchup this is the Homemade Russian Sauce for you!

Adapted from Zingerman’s Deli via Food Network 

Homemade Russian Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 cups

Homemade Russian Sauce


  • 3/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 to 3 tbsp chili sauce
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 2 tsp curly parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp minced Spanish onion
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp minced dill pickle
  • 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp grated horseradish
  • 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce


  1. In a large food processor, combine the mayonnaise, chili sauce, sour cream, parsley, onion, pickle, lemon juice, horseradish and Worcestershire sauce. Pulse until well incorporated for at least 30 seconds.
  2. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to 5 days.


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9 Responses to “Homemade Russian Sauce”

  1. addie | culicurious posted on March 9, 2013 at 12:43 pm (#)

    I frequently substitute Sriracha for ketchup. It’s not a 1:1 ratio but it gives the color ketchup would otherwise lend. My hubby hates ketchup too so we rarely (if ever) keep it in the house.

    I can’t wait to see your recipes next week!! 🙂

    • Katie replied on March 10th, 2013 at 11:52 am

      Addie–YES! So happy to read that there is another ketchup hater out there! We don’t keep ketchup in our house. I refuse. lol.

  2. Cathy Pollak @ Noble Pig posted on March 10, 2013 at 11:23 am (#)

    I have serious love for this…slurp..slurp!

    • Katie replied on March 10th, 2013 at 11:52 am

      Thanks Cathy!

  3. Heather posted on March 18, 2017 at 7:34 pm (#)

    Hi! I’m so glad I found a recipe without ketchup too! My husband can’t stand it either. I tolerate it but that lingering smell you described of ketchup in the trash, it’s the worst! We always have a rule of tossing fast food in the outside garbage for that reason.

    Anyhoo I want to make this recipe but I was wondering, what type of chili sauce do you use? Do you have a brand preference?

    • Katie replied on March 26th, 2017 at 8:54 pm

      Hi Heather–ketchup haters unite! lol I use the Heinz chili sauce typically.

  4. Kay posted on September 19, 2018 at 11:54 am (#)

    This is delicious! Can’t wait to use it on Rueben sandwiches. Thanks!

    • Katie replied on September 20th, 2018 at 10:52 am

      Thanks Kay for taking the time to leave a comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the homemade russian sauce!


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