Easy Homemade Fry Sauce
Our favorite homemade fry sauce is the perfect combination of tangy, creamy, and sweet. It’s perfect for dipping French fries and is delicious on a burger. It’s easy, and I bet you already have everything you need sitting in your kitchen. Jump to the Fry Sauce Recipe
What is Fry Sauce?
We didn’t come across fry sauce until we moved to the West Coast. After that, it seemed like every time we found ourselves somewhere that sold fries or burgers, we would see fry sauce on the menu.
In its basic form, fry sauce combines mayonnaise and ketchup to make a creamy, tangy, and sweet sauce that’s shockingly perfect with fries. Depending on where you are, you’ll see other ingredients like vinegar, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, and spices.
In the United States, fry sauce is famous in Utah, where you’ll find Arctic Circle, a chain of burger and shake restaurants. It’s there that Don Carlos Edwards claims he came up with their fry sauce in the 1940s.
Fry sauce isn’t only found in Utah, though. Other states (like Idaho), and other countries have used the tangy, creamy combination of mayonnaise and ketchup as the base for their favorite condiments. You’ll find similar sauces throughout Latin and South America, Puerto Rico, and Europe.
You May Also Like our recipe for Crispy Baked French Fries (pictured above).
How to Make Fry Sauce
In our fry sauce recipe, we combine the basics — mayonnaise and ketchup — with a bit of vinegar, hot sauce, Worcestershire, and salt.
To make it, stir everything together until well blended. The sauce will be a pinkish color, and you can easily adjust it to your tastes. Feel free to increase the ketchup or add more ingredients like spices or dill pickle juice (Adam always adds a little pickle juice to the sauce when he makes it).
To take the sauce up a notch, try making it with homemade mayonnaise and homemade ketchup. If you are egg-free or vegan, swap traditional mayonnaise with our homemade vegan mayonnaise.
How to Serve Fry Sauce
Some of our favorite dishes to serve with fry sauce are below:
- Our Favorite Baked French Fries
- Homemade Tater Tots
- Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries
- Roasted Potato Wedges
- Homemade Chicken Nuggets
- Or, add it to a burger! Here’s some favorites: The Best Hamburgers, Juicy Turkey Burgers, The Best Veggie Burgers
Easy Homemade Fry Sauce
Our fry sauce is the perfect combination of tangy, creamy, and sweet. It’s perfect for dipping French fries and is delicious on a burger. It’s easy, and I bet you already have everything you need sitting in your kitchen.
Feel free to increase the ketchup or add more ingredients like spices or dill pickle juice (Adam always adds a little pickle juice to the sauce when he makes it).
You Will Need
1/2 cup mayonnaise, try homemade mayonnaise
1/4 cup ketchup, try homemade ketchup
1 tablespoon distilled vinegar
3 to 6 dashes hot sauce, like Crystal
3 to 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
Salt, to taste
Dash dill pickle juice, optional
Whisk together the mayonnaise, ketchup, vinegar, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce until smooth. Taste, and then season with salt.
Store fry sauce in an airtight container, in the refrigerator, for up to one week.
Adam and Joanne's Tips
- Vegan fry sauce: Substitute the mayonnaise for vegan mayo, leave out the Worcestershire sauce, and make sure that all other ingredients are listed as vegan.
- Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.
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