Whether you’re steaming veggies or frying fish, this zippy, mayo-adjacent French sauce is the instant upgrade you need.
Makes: 1⅓ cup
Classic sauce gribiche is the zippy cousin to mayonnaise, one of the six “sauces mères” at the heart of traditional French cuisine. Flavored with Dijon mustard and wine vinegar and studded with hard-boiled egg, cornichons, capers, and parsley, this version takes cues from the great Jacques Pépin and the Larousse Gastronomique—the definitive tome of French food and drink. A sort of continental sister to tartare sauce, this piquant condiment has the power to brighten and elevate a wide range of dishes, from steamed asparagus to fried fish to chicken cordon bleu. Anchovy is a non-traditional (but delicious) addition. For a vegetarian sauce, feel free to omit it.
- 2 large, hard-boiled eggs, whites and yolks separated
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 1 anchovy fillet, finely chopped (optional)
- ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
- 4 cornichons, finely chopped (1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp.)
- 1 Tbsp. finely chopped capers
- 1 Tbsp. finely chopped parsley or chervil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Pinch cayenne pepper