Jezebel Sauce

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 10 min.


1-1/3 cups

Updated: Nov. 22, 2023
Typically called a Jezebel sauce, this sweet, fruity topping has an underlying bite from horseradish. It pairs well with cream cheese, but you could also try it over grilled pork and chicken. —Rita Reifenstein, Evans City, Pennsylvania


  • 1 package (8 ounces) fat-free cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup apple jelly, warmed
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1/3 cup apricot spreadable fruit
  • Assorted crackers


  1. Place cream cheese on a serving plate. In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat jelly until warmed. Stir in horseradish and mustard until blended. Stir in spreadable fruit; spoon over cream cheese. Serve with crackers. Refrigerate leftovers.
Jezebel Sauce Tips

Why is it called "Jezebel sauce"?

Jezebel sauce is named after biblical figure Queen Jezebel because of its signature sweet and spicy flavor. It usually gets sweetness from apple or pineapple preserves, and is balanced by heat from horseradish or mustard.

How can you serve Jezebel sauce?

If you're looking for easy appetizer recipes, Jezebel sauce is great to have on hand. Spoon some over a block of cream cheese or a log of herbed goat cheese and you have an instant cracker spread. It also tastes delicious as a condiment for ham recipes, grilled pork recipes or as a topping for amped up burger recipes.

How should you store Jezebel sauce?

Store leftover Jezebel sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Peggy Woodward, Taste of Home Senior Food Editor

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 73 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 128mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch.