Easy Copycat Arby’s Horsey Sauce

Arby’s Horsey Sauce is a classic sauce that we all love. Arby’s has many great items on the Arby’s menu. This sauce has just the right amount of heat, and it is easy to make at home.

Make the best ever Arby's Horsey sauce with this easy copycat recipe. It's perfect for sandwiches, and so much more.

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Arby’s Sauces

Growing up, we went to Arby’s once in a while. I always thought this restaurant was better than an ordinary hamburger place. Arby’s has two sauces that are amazing.

I personally love Arby’s Sauce, a ketchup that’s kicked up a bit and goes well with French fries – and just about anything you pour the sauce over.

I also like their spicy Horsey Sauce, and I think it was the first time I tried anything with horseradish in it. I’ve even heard of people using both sauces together!

Why this Copycat Arby’s Horsey Sauce Recipe is the Best

I have looked at other recipes online for Arby’s Horsey Sauce, but I was always a little disappointed in the results. If you recall, this sauce has no texture. It’s creamy, with some heat and a little bit of sweet.

While plain old horseradish works well, I found that by using a creamy horseradish, I get something a little closer to Arby’s. You can usually find creamy horseradish in the condiment section of the grocery store. And, of course, there’s always creamy horseradish on Amazon.

Arby’s Horsey Sauce Ingredients

There are only 4 simple items you’ll need to make this creamy horseradish sauce. Here’s a handy list:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Sugar
  • Creamed horseradish
  • Salt
Horseradish sauce, mayonnaise, and sugar in small bowls.

How to Make Horsey Sauce

  1. Place mayonnaise, sugar, creamed horseradish, and salt in a small bowl.
  2. Stir until well combined.
  3. Cover and place the sauce in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour prior to serving. For optimal flavor, refrigerate the sauce overnight.
Homemade Arby's Horsey Sauce in a small bowl in front of roast beef sandwiches.

How long does horsey sauce last?

This sauce will stay fresh once made for about 7 to 10 days. I think it tastes a little better once it has had the chance to sit and the flavors get to mingle a bit. The flavor, in my opinion, tastes even better the day after you make the sauce.

Other Uses for Arby’s Horsey Sauce

You might wonder how many uses for this classic sauce you can come up with. Well, you can use this horseradish cream sauce on everyday sandwiches.

It tastes wonderful on a homemade hamburger, and I even like to serve a little bit of it with roast beef. You might be able to think of more ways to use this yummy horseradish sauce.

What Does Horseradish have to do with Horses?

The German name for the plant is “meerrettich” which translates as sea radish because it’s found near the sea. Apparently, the English couldn’t pronounce the word “meer” properly and began referring to it as “mareradish.” Eventually, this turned into horseradish.

The word “horse” in this context denotes coarseness and large size and the word “radish” comes from the Latin radix meaning root. There’s a lot more to horseradish history than you might think.

And, why not combine horseradish with mashed sweet potatoes?

Homemade Arby's horsey sauce in a small glass bowl.

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Homemade Arby's Horsey sauce in a bowl in front of beef sandwiches.

Arby’s Horsey Sauce

Make copycat Arby’s Horsey Sauce! 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Arby’s Recipes
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 159kcal


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup creamed horseradish or 2 tablespoons fresh horseradish
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • In a small bowl combine mayonnaise, sugar, creamed horseradish, and salt. Stir until well combined. For best flavor allow to rest in a covered container in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. For optimal results allow to rest overnight before serving.



Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 225mg | Potassium: 19mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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Reader Interactions


  1. Marc Williams

    I can’t wait to try this. I’ve been looking everywhere for the Arby’s Horsey Sauce but it’s not sold so this is the next best thing.

  2. Kitty Ward

    Me too Stephanie! LOL I am a Southern girl, and I do not care for Miracle Whip except in certain recipes. I am a Mayo lover as well. 🙂

      • John

        Hi Stephanie,
        Have you ever heard of Date Nut Cream Pie. Believe it or not, they served it years ago in Canteen Machines in and around Kankakee, IL in factory lunch rooms (not cafeterias, machines). I have never been able to find it. I have no idea about ingredients. Some sort of pie cream base, maybe mocha in color, had dates and nuts it it, cream cheese frosting, or some white frosting. Probably not many have heard of it.

      • Jeremy

        Date and Nut Cream Pie

        1 baked 8-inch pie shell
        1/2 cup sugar
        1/2 tsp. salt
        2 tbsp. cornstarch
        2 cups rich milk
        2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
        2 tsp. butter
        1 tsp. vanilla
        3/4 cup chopped dates
        1/2 cup chopped pecans
        1/2 cup maraschino cherries

        Mix suar, salt and cornstarch in saucepan. Slowly stir in milk. Boil 1 minute over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir half of mixture into egg yolks, then blend into hot mixture in saucepan. Boil 1 more minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Blend in butty and vanilla. Cool. Blend in chopped dates, chopped pecans, and cherries. Top with whip cream if desired.

  3. Kitty Ward

    Use Miracle Whip and creamy horseradish for Horsey Sauce. It’s spot on. Quick, easy, and you can adjust the amount of heat in relation to the sweetness of the Miracle Whip.

    • Stephanie Manley

      I will have to give your Miracle Whip suggestion a try sometime. I personally only buy Miracle Whip when I make cole slaw. I think I have lived in the south for so long my arm only reaches for mayo.

    • Nunya

      It may be the vinegar in the Miracle Whip that makes a difference for this. I just now started looking for a copycat horsey sauce (why it took me so long I do NOT know! lol) and I found another that is very similar to this but calls for 1 tbs of vinegar as well. I haven’t made either yet, but I think I’ll make both to the exact ingredients listed and let you know what I think of each! ^_^

  4. Debi Reeves

    Im looking for the recipe for the jalapeno sauce from Arbys or the sauce they serve with them. it has raspberries
    in it.

    • Nunya

      Is it this one, hun? Bronco Berry Sauce? I know you said it has raspberries in it, but the only I found that says it’s served with their jalapenos is this, but it does not have berries. I’d still give it a try though! LOL


    • uneducated redneck

      I enjoy something that has been sitting around all day that will make me go the the ER. So, I say bbq sauce

      • uneducated redneck

        I have no healthcare coverage because my lifestyle choices had me born with an IQ around 70 with no family and I do janitorial work for minimum wage because that is all I am worth. Yes, Scott could accept Medicaid Expansion and I would have healthcare and save tax money by getting help much sooner, keep hospitals open, save jobs, and that would be awesome! In the meantime that bump on my back has grown 250 times bigger because I cannot see a doctor unless I wait for a health disaster and go to ER and cost 100s thousands in bills. I am happy with this humane approach Scott has taken as I deserve to suffer and die because I made bad lifestyle choices. In the meantime, I do enjoy horsey sauce and I actually lived off of 100+ packs a day when I lived in an abandoned car. Very good sauce!

      • Nunya

        Wow, you’re probably the least funny troll trying their hardest to be funny that I’ve ever seen. Good job. Big ol’ sarcastic thumbs up to you!

    • bastisraul

      We really enjoy a garlic black pepper vinegar sauce for shrimp fritters, pulled pork or baked chicken. We also use it as a basting sauce when grilling chicken. Just the right amount of flavor and does not overpower anything.

      • George Stateson

        I have to comment on the Miracle Whip vs. Mayo thing. I use Mayo for everything EXCEPT for making Pimento Cheese spread. It just works better for it. And it’s really simple – just grate plain, boring American Cheese (as much as you want), get a tiny jar of pimento’s , drain them, and chop up the amount you want in your cheese, and mix together with Miracle Whip. Put in a covered bowl in the fridge overnight, then add more Miracle Whip in the morning (it eats up the Miracle Whip) to your desired consistency again. My roomates and I survived on this in College. Oh, I THINK what makes Miracle Whip different from Mayo is Lemon Juice in the Miracle Whp.
        For ALL other things, though, I prefer Mayo.
        Also…. I checked out “creamy horseradish” on Amazon… there are so many varieties… could you give me a clue on which one you ended up using with the Mayo, please? I’m a big fan of Horsey Sauce, and like many others, would have gladly bought it if they’d just sell it! 🙂

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