Fry Sauce Recipe (Ultimate Dipping Sauce!)

June 29, 2020 (Updated: July 2, 2020) By Aneesha |

This post may contain affiliate links. Please see disclosures.

This easy 5-minute Fry Sauce recipe is sweet, tangy, creamy and requires five pantry ingredients that are a cinch to mix together. It’s a beautifully blush-pink dipping sauce served with fries, burgers, quesadillas, tacos and more.

easy french fry dipping sauce in glass jar with spoon and mayo in background

The first time I tasted something close to fry sauce was in Amsterdam. I was at a farmers market and ordered thick-cut potato fries, called “Patat Frites.”

They were served in a paper cone and topped with a dollop of mayonnaise and ketchup. And it was love at first bite! From that day on, I’ve always had my fries with that combination. 

So when a few years ago, on a trip to the gorgeous Yellowstone National Park, I came across ‘Fry Sauce’ in a bottle, you can imagine my joy! In my book, Fry Sauce is one of the most delicious and versatile condiments!

The Best French Fry Dipping Sauce

What if I were to tell you that the only reason to eat french fries is for the sauce?

That’s a bold statement, but I stand with it.

This is the BEST french fry dipping sauce that practically makes itself and requires five simple ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

A mash-up of mayo and ketchup, along with a touch of vinegar and spices to amp up the flavor, my hubby can never get enough of this sauce. Sometimes I have to hide it in the back of the fridge just to prevent him from eating the whole jar!

It hits all the right marks – sweet, tangy, creamy, and somewhat spicy – it’s seriously addicting.

My family and I love to enjoy it with fries and burgers, but it’s so versatile, you can pair it with quesadillas, tacos, chicken, even veggies. And it’s totally OK to lick it right off the spoon! 🙂

What is Fry Sauce? Where was it made?

Fry sauce is just as the name suggests – a sauce that goes hand-in-hand with french fries. In its most basic form, it is a simple combination of two parts mayo to one part ketchup, along with a few variations on vinegar and spices.

According to this article on the history of fry sauce, it was credited in the 1940s by Chef Don Carlos Edwards in Salt Lake City, Utah. However, history also shows that it was first created in the mid-1920s in eastern Argentina under the name salsa golf (the golf resort’s restaurant where Luis Federico Leloir created the sauce).

You can find many store-ready brands for Fry Sauce online or in stores, but it really just takes less than 5 minutes to make your own.

Ingredients – Notes & Substitutions

The shortlist of ingredients for homemade fry sauce includes mayonnaise and ketchup, along with apple cider vinegar, paprika, cayenne and salt.

ketchup, mayo, apple cider vinegar, salt, cayenne, paprika
  • Mayo: Go with a high-quality, full-fat, store-bought mayo. My preferred brand is Best Foods, but Hellmann’s is another great option.
  • Ketchup: I love the flavor of Organic Heinz, but the Organic 365 brand at Whole Foods works well, too. Use the ketchup that’s already tucked in the back of your fridge or pantry.
  • Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar works so well as it is naturally sweet and acidic. It adds yet another level of pop and tang. Lime juice is the next best substitute but use half the quantity.
  • Spices: Paprika and cayenne offer a balance of chile pepper flavor that’s both sweet and spicy. For a unique, smoky flavor, smoked sweet paprika is another great option.

How to Make Fry Sauce – Easy 5-minute Recipe

This sauce practically makes itself. Here is how you can enjoy it in just 5 minutes:

Step 1: Combine Ingredients

  • Add mayonnaise, ketchup, vinegar, paprika, cayenne and salt in a small mixing bowl.
mixing together mayo and ketchup in glass bowl with yellow spatula

Step 2: Mix Until Smooth

  • Using a whisk or spatula, mix everything well, until well combined.
easy french fry dipping sauce in glass bowl with yellow spatula
  • Use right away or store in the refrigerator to use with burgers and french fries.
spoon dipped in jar of fry sauce with mayo container in background

Serving Suggestions – Burgers, Fries & More

The mix of white sauce with ketchup is a pretty versatile condiment. It goes great with burgers, fries, quesadillas, tacos and more. Here are some of our favorite pairings:

dipping fry in homemade fry sauce in white bowl with fries on black plate

Recipe Tips & Notes:

  • Use your favorite mayo and ketchup. These two condiments are the main ingredients, so it’s best to use whatever brand you prefer.
  • Lime juice is a great alternative to apple cider vinegar. Just make sure to use half the quantity called for in the recipe.
  • Serve cold. The dipping sauce is best served cold, which makes it a wonderful make-ahead recipe. Prepare it at least 30 minutes beforehand and keep it covered in the fridge until ready for dipping.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge. It’s is best enjoyed within 3 days.

Commonly Asked Questions for Fry Sauce

Which state invented Fry Sauce? Is fry sauce a Utah thing?

According to history, Fry Sauce was invented in the 1940s in Salt Lake City, Utah at an Arctic Circle restaurant (originally called Don Carlos’ Barbecue for the chef who invented it). However, there are earlier accounts of fry sauce in the mid-1920s in eastern Argentina under the name salsa golf (so named for the restaurant where it was created).

How to store Fry Sauce?

Fry Sauce is best kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Can Fry Sauce be made ahead?

Yes, fry sauce is a wonderful make-ahead condiment. The flavors get better the longer the ingredients marry together, so I like to make it at least 30 minutes before mealtime. It is best served cold.

More Sauce Recipes From My Kitchen

  • Easy Tzatziki Sauce: A wonderful chilled cucumber and yogurt sauce, spread, dip or dressing for grilled meats, gyros, vegetables, salads and warm pita.
  • Creamy Avocado Dressing: A five-minute avocado sauce that gets its bright flavor from cilantro and freshly squeezed lime juice.
  • Cilantro Coconut Chutney: A combo of peppery cilantro, sweet coconut, spicy serrano chili and a unique finishing touch of tempered spices for a vibrant side dish recipe.
  • Cilantro Chutney: A mildly spicy sauce made with fresh cilantro, green chilies, ginger, lime juice and a touch of honey.
  • Cucumber Raita: A creamy and cooling cucumber-yogurt dip best served with pita, chips and Indian main dishes.
  • Avocado Raita: A beautifully green avocado and yogurt dip for fresh cut veggies, flatbread, paratha, crispy snacks, curries and biryani.

★ Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating below! For more quick & easy recipes, FOLLOW ME on Facebook, Instagram,  Pinterest and Youtube.

easy french fry dipping sauce in glass jar with spoon and mayo in background

Fry Sauce Recipe (Ultimate Dipping Sauce!)

This 5-minute Fry Sauce recipe is sweet, tangy, creamy and requires five pantry ingredients for an addicting dipping sauce for fries, burgers and more.
4.67 from 3 votes
Print Pin Rate Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 167kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients to a small mixing bowl and mix until well combined. Use right away or store in the refrigerator to use with burgers and french fries.
    mixing together mayo and ketchup in glass bowl with yellow spatula

Notes & Recipe Tips

  • Use your favorite mayo and ketchup. These two condiments are the main ingredients, so it’s best to use whatever brand you prefer.
  • Lime juice is a great alternative to apple cider vinegar. Just make sure to use half the quantity called for in the recipe.
  • Serve cold. The dipping sauce is best served cold, which makes it a wonderful make-ahead recipe. Prepare it at least 30 minutes beforehand and keep it covered in the fridge until ready for dipping.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge. The fry sauce is best enjoyed within 3 days.
Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates for a serving size based on 2 Tablespoons. If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition

Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 309mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Condiment, Dressing, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Keyword: french fry dipping sauce, fry sauce, fry sauce recipe
Did you try this recipe?Mention @SpiceCravings or tag #spicecravings!

HEY! NICE TO MEET YOU!

Aneesha holding a glass of white wine Hi, I'm Aneesha, a foodie by birth and the mind, body and soul behind Spice Cravings. Here I share quick, easy & healthy Indian & global recipes that are low in effort and big on taste! A recipe doesn't make it on the blog unless it is tested multiple times and gets a thumbs-up from my taster-in-chief, my husband, and my teen-chefs, my twin girls!

You Might Also Like

No Comments

Leave a Reply