Fry Sauce Recipe

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This sweet and tangy fry sauce is a combo of mayonnaise and ketchup, making it the perfect sauce for dipping your fries. Plus, it’s ready in just two minutes.

A French fry being dipped in fry sauce

Whoever decided to bring together ketchup and mayonnaise into one easy dipping sauce is, frankly, a genius. Fry sauce is perfect for dipping and also makes a delicious alternative sauce for adding to hamburgers, sandwiches, and wraps for extra creaminess and flavor.

What is fry sauce?

Most commonly served with fries, fry sauce originated in Utah and was found in recipe books as far back as 1900. Combing a mixture of ketchup and mayo, my recipe uses a few extra spices for flavor and to help bring out the beautiful peach color of the sauce. You’ll find it most commonly at barbecue restaurants, diners and fast food places – but it’s super easy to make at home.


Ingredients for french fry dipping sauce
  • Mayonnaise: You can use regular or vegan mayonnaise – I like to use homemade.
  • Ketchup: Use your favorite brand of ketchup, low-sodium if wanted.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: This adds a tangy, umami depth – you can use soy sauce or tamari for a vegan alternative.
  • Pickle Juice
  • Garlic Powder: To taste.
  • Cayenne Powder
  • Smoked Paprika

How to make fry sauce

Combine the mayonnaise, ketchup, pickle juice, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne, paprika, and garlic powder in a small bowl and mix the french fry sauce well. Taste and adjust the level of seasoning if desired.

If you have time, I recommend preparing this at least an hour or two in advance. This gives the ingredients time to meld and become a cohesive flavor.

Steps for making fry sauce

How to serve fry sauce dip

Traditionally, it’s best served with fries, so pair it with classic French fries, sweet potato fries onion rings, or even zucchini fries. Or, swap it out for other sauces. Try it with burgers, swapped out for Thousand Island dressing in an authentic Reuben sandwich or grilled cheese. Or drizzle the easy dipping sauce over a mushroom shawarma wrap for a delicious vegan lunch option.

French fries served with fry sauce

If you try this easy dipping sauce recipe, let me know how it goes in the comments below. I’d appreciate a recipe card rating and would love to see your recipe recreations – tag me on Instagram @Alphafoodie!

Fry Sauce Recipe

5 from 6 votes
By: Samira
This sweet and tangy fry sauce is a combo of mayonnaise and ketchup, making it the perfect sauce for dipping your fries. Plus, it’s ready in just two minutes.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 7


  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1/2 Tbsp pickle juice or apple cider vinegar with a sweetener (to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp red paprika


  • Add all the ingredients to a small bowl and mix well until combined.
  • If you have the time, leave the fry sauce in the fridge to sit in the fridge for 1-2 hours before serving – this will give the flavors time to meld.


How to store: Transfer any leftovers to an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator for 1 week. Stir before serving. 
Check the blog post for serving suggestions!
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Shelf life: 5-7 Days


Serving: 1Tbsp, Calories: 61kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 0.2g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.02g, Cholesterol: 3mg, Sodium: 113mg, Potassium: 22mg, Fiber: 0.1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 94IU, Vitamin C: 0.3mg, Calcium: 2mg, Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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