Tiger Sauce Recipe

This Tiger Sauce recipe is extremely quick and simple to prepare and too delicious not to share.

tiger sauce on burlap with raw horseradish

Look no further if you want to elevate your meal with one of the most versatile condiments out there – Tiger Sauce!

You can choose to use it as a dipping sauce for onion rings and French fries, or, as a salad dressing, and sandwich spread. Whatever the use, one thing is for certain: What you’re eating will taste 10x better!

What is Tiger Sauce Made Out of?

These 6 simple ingredients are the main components of the original Tiger Sauce:

Mayonnaise. This will add a smooth and creamy texture to the sauce. It will also help to create a balanced flavor profile when combined with the spicy and tangy elements of the recipe. 

Horseradish. Horseradish gives the sauce its signature spicy kick. It also has a natural preservative effect due to its antibacterial properties

Garlic. Adding garlic to the sauce gives it a savory and aromatic flavor that is pungent, yet slightly sweet. 

Lemon Juice. Freshly squeezed lemon juice gives the sauce an additional dimension of flavor by adding a bright, tangy, citrus taste to the mix. This also complements the spiciness of the horseradish (or hot sauce, if that is your thing!) 

Salt. This helps to make the flavor of the other ingredients more pronounced and delicious. Similar to horseradish, it has a slight preservative effect. It helps to inhibit the growth of bacteria in the sauce, which can extend the shelf life. 

Black Pepper. This adds subtle heat to the recipe and complements the flavors of the other ingredients (such as the horseradish and the garlic). 

How to Make Tiger Sauce

Making Tiger Sauce requires you to complete three simple steps that can be done in just a few minutes! All you need is a small bowl, a spoon, and the Tiger Sauce ingredients, and you can whip up a batch of this delicious sauce anywhere and everywhere!


  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup horseradish
  • ¼ tsp minced garlic 
  • ½ whole lemon
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste  


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, horseradish, garlic, and the juice of half a lemon.
  2. Mix well. 
  3. Season with a pinch of salt and add black pepper to taste.
  4. Continue to mix until all the ingredients are combined with a smooth texture and consistency.
  5. Chill for 30 minutes and enjoy!
close up of creamy white tiger sauce

Tips for Making this Tiger Sauce Recipe

Double the recipe. Want to make enough Tiger Sauce for multiple servings? Increase the quantity by doubling (or even tripling) each ingredient proportionately. 

 Swap out half the mayo. You can try using ¼ cup mayonnaise and ¼ cup sour cream for extra flavor. Or, you can substitute the mayonnaise altogether by using Greek yogurt instead. 

Add the spice. Let’s be real, Tiger Sauce is meant to be spicy! Add some extra kick by throwing in a tablespoon of minced chili peppers or red peppers.

Use fresh garlic. Fresh garlic is always best, but powdered garlic will also get the job done (and some people just prefer the taste of powdered garlic). 

Swap out the lemon. Out of lemons? Using white vinegar (or apple cider vinegar) will also do the trick!

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Tiger Sauce Recipe

This Tiger sauce recipe is creamy with bold punches of heat and savory flavor. Use it as a dipping sauce, sandwich spread, or dressing.
Prep Time5 mins
Chill Time30 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make tiger sauce, tiger sauce, tiger sauce recipe
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 79kcal


  • ½ cup  mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup horseradish
  • ¼ tsp garlic minced
  • lemon juice half a lemon
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste


  • In a mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, horseradish, garlic, and the juice of half a lemon.
  • Mix well.
  • Season with a pinch of salt and add black pepper to taste.
  • Continue to mix until all the ingredients are combined with a smooth texture and consistency.
  • Chill for 30 minutes and enjoy!


Calories: 79kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.1mg

How to Use Tiger Sauce

As a Dipping Sauce

Tiger Sauce is absolutely delicious as a dip for fried foods such as chicken tenders, onion rings, or French fries. 

It is the perfect condiment to pair with some tender, juicy Air Fryer Chicken Wings, or some deep-fried, crispy Coconut Shrimp

As a Sandwich Spread

Tiger Sauce is a great alternative to mayo or mustard as a sandwich spread. It pairs well with most deli meats, roasted vegetables or even with a classic BLT!

Try it with this well-seasoned Teriyaki Turkey Burger with Grilled Pineapple for a tasty treat at your next cookout. 

As a Salad Dressing

Tiger Sauce also works particularly well with salads that include chicken or shrimp. Or, it can be added with greens such as spinach, arugula, or romaine lettuce. Just thin out the sauce with a bit of vinegar to create a delicious and tangy salad dressing.

Add it to any of these 14 Easter Salad Recipes for an unforgettable side dish or appetizer! 

Tiger Sauce FAQs

Who created Tiger Sauce?

Tiger Sauce was created by renowned chef Steven O’Flynn in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the late 1980s. 

What does Tiger Sauce taste like?

The sauce has a tangy flavor from acid ingredients like lemon juice (or vinegar). This is accentuated by the slight heat, and sharp, pungent flavor of the horseradish and the savory note of the garlic.  All of these flavors are balanced out by the mayonnaise (or sour cream). 

Your first impression of the sauce will be a tangy, spicy, yet slightly sweet taste. 

What is similar to Tiger Sauce?

Pickapeppa Sauce is a popular substitute for Tiger Sauce because of its sour and spicy flavors. Pickapeppa sauce also has a thick consistency and can be used on many of the same dishes as Tiger Sauce.

Tabasco Sauce is also similar to Tiger Sauce, especially if mixed with a bit of sour cream and honey. 

How do you store Tiger Sauce?

Place the sauce in a clean, sealed, airtight container to ensure that it lasts for up to 1 week in the fridge. 

Can you freeze Tiger Sauce?

Yes, you can freeze Tiger Sauce. With that said, its consistency and flavor might be slightly affected after thawing. To freeze Tiger Sauce, follow these steps:

  1. Place your sauce in an airtight container or heavy-duty freezer bag. leaving some room for expansion. If you’re using a freezer bag, squeeze out as much air as possible.
  2. It should last a few months if frozen properly.
  3. To thaw, place your frozen container in the fridge and let it thaw slowly. It’s best not to use the microwave because it might further affect the consistency.

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