Cornichons have a tart, mildly sweet flavor, and they are used for both flavoring and as a garnish. Cornichons are frequently paired with capers.
Many recipes incorporate chopped cornichons, including beef stroganoff and steak tartare, as well as various cold salads like egg salad or potato salad.
Cornichons complement pork dishes, such as grilled pork chops, and are often included in sauces for pork.
Classic sauces featuring cornichons include the Charcutière sauce and Gribiche sauce.