A creamy, spicy, all-purpose Cajun dipping sauce to serve alongside seafood, chicken, potatoes, and more!
You can never have too many good sauce recipes in your back pocket. A good dipping sauce can transform a boring recipe into something no one can can get enough of!
This is a creamy sauce with a sour cream and mayonnaise base and is a bit reminiscent of Cajun-style remoulade sauce (be sure and check out our New Orleans Remoulade Sauce Recipe!). This well-seasoned sauce has just the right amount of kick from cayenne pepper without being overpowering.
Ingredients You Need To Make To Make This Recipe
- Sour cream. Sour cream helps gives this sauce its delicious creaminess and tanginess.
- Mayonnaise. This ingredient adds additional creaminess and richness.
- Fresh lemon juice. Lemon juice brightens the sauce up and adds freshness and additional acidity.
- Creole mustard. This ingredient adds tanginess, acidity, and a peppery bite. Zatarain's Creole Mustard is my go-to!
- Hot sauce. Hot sauce adds an extra kick of flavor and heat that is a must in Cajun dipping sauce! I used Louisiana Hot Sauce for this recipe, but you can also use Frank's RedHot, Crystal, or any other brand you prefer.
- Dark brown sugar. A small amount of brown sugar perfectly balances the sauce and adds depth. You can also use light brown sugar.
- Salt, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, cracked black pepper, and cayenne pepper. These seasonings add additional flavor to the sauce.
To make this sauce, just add all ingredients to a small mixing bowl and whisk until smooth and creamy!
Variations and Substitutions
You can use whole-grain mustard if you cannot find creole mustard as it can be hard to find outside of the southern US.
Feel free to add additional ingredients to this sauce to shake things up according to what you like. Try this sauce with some of these additions:
- Chopped fresh parsley
- Dried herbs such as thyme or oregano
- Minced garlic
- Worcestershire sauce
- Prepared horseradish
What Is The Difference Between Creamy Cajun Dipping Sauce and Remoulade Sauce
While this cajun dipping sauce is very similar to remoulade sauce, there are some notable differences.
- Remoulade sauce does not include sour cream as an ingredient and gets its creaminess from the mayonnaise alone.
- Remoulade has dried herbs added for additional flavor.
- Remoulade is typically made with prepared horseradish for more tanginess.
What To Dip In Cajun Dipping Sauce
- Southern Sweet Onion Hushpuppies
- Crispy Smashed Potatoes
- Southern Oven-Fried Catfish
- Cajun Herb Butter Sweet Potato Fries
This cajun dipping sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Some of my favorite containers for storing sauces are:
- Plastic deli storage containers
- Mini leak-proof glass storage containers
- Mason jars
- Condiment squeeze bottles
More Cajun-inspired Recipes You Will Love!
- Cajun Smothered Chicken
- Cajun Honey Butter Shrimp
- Blackened Salmon Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce
- Homemade Blackening Seasoning
- Loaded Creole Breakfast Skillet
Creamy Cajun Dipping Sauce
- Add all ingredients to a small mixing bowl and use a small whisk to mix until smooth and creamy.
- Transfer the sauce to a small bowl for dipping or to an airtight container to store.