Fry Sauce

Tangy and sweet fry sauce is the only dipping sauce you’ll ever need for your fries, burgers, and nuggets!

The base of most fry sauces is a mixture of ketchup and mayonnaise. From there you add some spice and make it your own. Our version adds the perfect amount of tang. Try pairing this sauce with our Homemade French Fries, Crispy Sweet Potato Fries, or topping a tasty hamburger such as our Ranch Burger.

Fry sauce on the side of potato wedges

What is Fry Sauce?

Fry sauce is definitely a regional thing, but this magical dipping condiment has grown in popularity. You can even find it on some grocer store shelves! However, the homemade version is definitely the way to go.

Fry sauce is famous in Utah. In fact, the version we all know and love was first served at Carlos’ Barbeque which eventually became the fast food chain, Arctic Circle. From there other places began serving this delicious sauce. The sauce has recently gotten more attention and can even be found in many grocery stores around the country under the name Mayo Ketchup.

Fry sauce is most notably used for french fries, but is also used for chicken nuggets, corn dogs, burgers, tater tots, wraps and more. 

Here are some of our favorite recipes to pair it with:

Dipping a potato wedge into fry sauce

How to Make Fry Sauce

COMBINE. Pour all ingredients into a bowl and whisk until combined. Keep refrigerated for 1 week.

Storage: whether you make this ahead of time or use it right away, the sauce is good for 1-2 weeks in the fridge. Be sure to store it in an airtight container. Do not freeze. 


  • Mayo is the base of this sauce. If you don’t like, or can’t have, Mayo you can try using Miracle Whip or Vegan Mayo
  • Juices: use pickle juice, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, or horseradish
  • Turn up the heat: Add tabasco sauce, cayenne pepper, red chili flakes 
  • Many Restaurants have their own take on this sauce:
    • Red Robin replaces ketchup with BBQ Sauce
    • In n Out Burger adds pickle relish
    • Outback Steakhouse adds horseradish and brown mustard 

So many great ways to change this up for any food!

Close up of french fry sauce next to potato wedges

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Fry Sauce Recipe

5 from 12 votes
Tangy and sweet fry sauce is the only dipping sauce you'll ever need for your fries, burgers, and nuggets!
Course Dressing
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 104 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp season salt


  • Pour all ingredients into a bowl and whisk until combined. Keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    I spent my first few years in Utah and was very dismayed when I moved to AZ and no one knew what fry sauce was. This is a really good recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    I had to try this because all my Utah friends kept saying how awesome it is. It didn’t disappoint- even if this Iowa girl uses ranch on everything.

  3. 5 stars
    I use Salad Dressing as my base. It takes practice to get the right ratio, but once you figure it out, it’s super yummy!