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Chrzan Polish Horseradish Recipe

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A traditional Polish recipe of mashed potatoes topped with a sprig of dill and a hint of chrzan horseradish.

Chrzan is an important part of Polish cuisine. It can be eaten solo, with bread, or meat. It’s also a perfect base for Polish horseradish soup or a horseradish sauce. Chrzan is healthy, spicy, and has an intense taste that can only be compared to the famous wasabi. In this post, I am giving you the traditional Polish horseradish recipe that will only take 10 minutes of your time.

It’s super easy to make- all you need to have is horseradish root, lemon, water, salt, and pepper!

Tips For Making Polish Horseradish

You Can Keep Polish Horseradish In The Fridge For Up To 4 Weeks

After the horseradish paste is ready, simply put in in the sterilized jar and use anytime you want.

Run The Horseradish Over Boiling Hot Water For Milder Taste

Scalding the horseradish is the easiest way to make it milder. If you don’t like spicy food, simply put the grated horseradish root on the strainer and pour over the boiling hot water. 

Do it before serving. If you want to keep your Polish horseradish in the jar, keep it raw.

Buy Jarred Horseradish If You Can

If you don’t feel like making your homemade horseradish, you can always buy the jarred ones.

I’ve been searching for some brands to link to on Amazon, however, I couldn’t find anything worth recommending. If you have access to the Polish grocery store, always choose the Polonaise Chrzan brand. It’s absolutely the best!

Chrzan Polish Horseradish Recipe

Chrzan Polish Horseradish Recipe

A bowl of risotto with ginger and lemon, served on a napkin with a twist of Polish horseradish.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2 horseradish roots
  • 2-3 tbsps of fresh lemon juice or apple vinegar
  • 4 tbsps of boiling hot water
  • salt, sugar


  1. Peel the horseradish roots. Grate them finely (the finer the better).
  2. Immediately after grating, mix the grated horseradish with lemon juice or apple vinegar (otherwise the horseradish will darken).
  3. Add hot water water, season with salt and sugar.


  1. If you want to avoid the strong smell and reduce tearing while grating horseradish, put the peeled roots in the cold water for an hour before preparation.
  2. You can keep horseradish in the glass jars, in the fridge for up to 4 weeks.

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