How To Make Fry Sauce - Original Recipe

How To Make Fry Sauce – Original Recipe

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For as long as I can remember, one of my favorite ways to enjoy french fries is with a generous side of fry sauce.

There’s an undeniable allure to this seemingly simple concoction known as fry sauce. Dive in as we share the quintessential fry sauce recipe, which you can effortlessly whip up at home and pair with many dishes.

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Fry Sauce History: A Utah Delight

The culinary world has an abundant array of condiments, each boasting its unique flavors and regional connections. Fry sauce, a simple yet delectable blend of ketchup and mayonnaise, has roots that stretch far back. While a variation of this mix appeared in a New Orleans cookbook in 1900, its soaring popularity in Utah is undeniable.

For many, the first tryst with fry sauce is a memorable one. For me, it began during my college years at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, my hometown, had its share of delicious dishes and condiments, but fry sauce was something I discovered during my time in Utah.

I vividly recall those outings with my friends to the nearby town of Orem, Utah. Arctic Circle, a renowned hamburger joint, was our favored destination. Their burgers were undeniably delectable, but the real star for many was the accompanying fry sauce. Those fries, generously dipped into the sauce, were pure bliss.

While the origin of fry sauce in Utah is somewhat debated, many attribute its inception to 1955 at Stan’s Drive-In, a franchise of Arctic Circle. The fact that it possibly began at a place I frequented makes the connection even more special.

Fast forward to today; fry sauce is no longer a Utah specialty. Its fame has permeated borders, and now it’s a beloved condiment nationwide. Such widespread admiration is unsurprising, given how simple yet satisfying fry sauce is.

You only need equal parts ketchup and mayonnaise to whip up your batch of this sauce. Mix them well, and voilà, you have the perfect dip ready.

Of course, variations exist, with some adding a dash of spices or a splash of vinegar. But for purists like me, the basic recipe remains unbeatable.

Whether you’re indulging in fries, onion rings, or even a burger, fry sauce adds that extra layer of flavor, making the dish even more enjoyable. To many, it’s not just a condiment; it’s a fond memory, a cherished tradition, and a testament to life’s simple pleasures.

Ketchup and Mayonnaise
Ketchup and Mayonnaise

The Perfect Pairings With Fry Sauce Explored

With its perfect equilibrium of tangy ketchup and creamy mayonnaise, Fry sauce has emerged as more than just a dip; it’s a culinary sensation that enhances the flavor profile of various dishes. While its origins lie in complementing the ever-beloved French fry, innovative food enthusiasts have broadened the scope of what this delightful condiment can accompany.

French Fries:

French Fries With Mix Ketchup And Mayonnaise
French Fries With Mix Ketchup And Mayonnaise

The classic pairing, and for many, the introduction to fry sauce. Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, the humble French fry finds its perfect match in the balanced flavors of fry sauce—the slight sweetness of ketchup combined with the creamy texture of mayonnaise uplifts every fry bite.

Sweet Potato Chips:

Sweet Potato Chips With Ketchup And Mayonnaise
Sweet Potato Chips With Mix Ketchup And Mayonnaise

A healthier and sweeter alternative to traditional fries, sweet potato chips dipped in fry sauce offers various flavors. The sweet potato’s natural sweetness complements the sauce’s tangy profile, giving each chip a delightful, crunchy bite.

Homemade Hamburgers:

Homemade Hamburgers With Ketchup And Mayonnaise
Homemade Hamburgers With Ketchup And Mayonnaise

It’s an unexplored territory for many, but it’s hard to resist once tried. Slathering fry sauce on a juicy, homemade burger patty is like uniting two comfort food champions. The combined taste of ketchup and mayonnaise enhances the flavors of the meat and the toppings, making every mouthful a gastronomic journey.

Grilled Chicken Sandwiches:

Grilled Chicken Sandwiches With Ketchup And Mayonnaise
Grilled Chicken Sandwiches With Ketchup And Mayonnaise

The grilled chicken sandwich isn’t left behind for those who prefer poultry over beef. The fry sauce adds moisture and richness, ensuring every bite is juicy and flavorful.

Onion Rings:

Onion Rings With Ketchup And Mayonnaise
Onion Rings With Ketchup And Mayonnaise

Like its potato counterpart, the crispy, fried onion ring loves a good dip in fry sauce. The onion’s sharpness is mellowed by the balanced taste of the sauce, making it a favorite for many.

Fish Tacos:

Fish Tacos With Ketchup And Mayonnaise
Fish Tacos With Ketchup And Mayonnaise

Drizzle or dollop fry sauce on fish tacos is another match made in culinary heaven. The sauce’s creaminess goes hand in hand with the flaky fish, adding an extra layer of taste and texture.

Vegetable Crudites:

Vegetable Crudites With Sauce
Vegetable Crudites With Sauce

For a healthier option, raw or blanched vegetable sticks like carrots, celery, and bell peppers dipped in fry sauce make for a refreshing snack.

While these are some popular options, the versatility of fry sauce allows for numerous experimentations. The essence is in its blend – marrying two beloved condiments, ketchup and mayonnaise.

As more people discover its delightful taste, it’s only a matter of time before fry sauce graces tables worldwide, accompanying many dishes.

So, try fry sauce next time you whip up a meal – it might become your new favorite accompaniment!

Fry Sauce Recipe

How To Make Fry Sauce Recipe

Recipe by Anita L Hummel
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  • 1/2 Cup Ketsup

  • 1/2 Cup Mayonaise


  • Measure out the mayonnaise and ketchup.
  • Mix thoroughly.
  • Store in air tight container.


  • Use a good ketchup like Heinz Ketchup. We always use Heinz as we love the brand.
  • Mix the mayonnaise and ketchup together well,
  • You can store it for a few days in the fridge in an air tight container.

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