The Famous Fry Sauce

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The Famous Fry Sauce is sweet, tangy sauce mixed together with a few simple ingredients already at your fingertips to make the ultimate dip. Take your hamburgers and fries to the next level with this sauce dip recipe! 

This easy to make fry sauce is perfect for dipping and adding to any burger, sandwich or wrap. If you love sauces on your recipes try this Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce as another way

A fry dipped in Fry sauce held up.

The Famous Fry Sauce

You guys are going to love this homemade fry sauce dip! It is one of the best and so delicious! It is simple to make with minimal ingredients. Simply mix together the ingredients in one bowl and serve with your favorite types of french fries. This fry sauce is also delicious on hamburgers and wraps of your choice. This sauce recipe has several options and endless amounts of options to dip into it. 

I am a dipper! I love everything dip or sauced on my recipes. This fry sauce adds so much flavor and makes everything taste SO much better. It is so easy to make and takes less than 5 minutes to whisk together. Make this quickly when you are baking a batch of French fries or hosting a bbq party. Every hamburger and fry needs to be dipped or sauced with this sauce.

What is Fry Sauce?

Fry sauce is known in Utah, southern Idaho and some parts of Oregon. It became famous quickly as at fast food restaurants. Now, it is sold in local grocery stores and famous throughout these main states. This recipe is so simple and full of flavor.

This condiment is usually served with French fries, burgers and wraps. Of course, your imagination can be endless once you make it for yourself. The original recipe is made up of ketchup, mayonnaise and a variation of spices and liquid ingredients to create an amazing combination. It is a MUST make for sure!

Fry Sauce Ingredients:

Seriously! So easy to make and minimal amount of ingredients to make this sauce recipe. It is one of the best and tastes SO good. Once you start dipping you won’t be able to stop.

  • Mayonnaise: This is the base of the sauce recipe. You can even use a variation of mayonnaise if you prefer.
  • Ketchup: Adds in the sweetness and brings out the red coloring in the sauce.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: This is loads of flavor added into the sauce.
  • Pickle Brine: It sounds weird, but it is pickle juice essentially. It is vinegar and water mixed together to give it a tangy taste.
  • Paprika: Add some color and heat all at once.
  • Cayenne: Flavorful with some heat in this fry sauce.

The process of making fry sauce in a glass bowl and then whisked together.

How to Make Fry Sauce Recipe:

Again, I can’t stress enough how simple this recipe easy. This is a tried and true favorite that tastes so good all the time.

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl: In a small bowl combine mayonnaise ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, pickle brine, paprika, and a pinch of cayenne.
  2. Serve: Serve with your favorite fries or use on a top of a burger!

Variations of Fry Sauce:

Mix and match ingredients to have endless amounts of sauces for your fries and burgers. Try it with a little more heat or add in some fun juices for a sweet and tangy fry sauce.

Here are a few ideas to get started on trying:

  • Mayonnaise: It is best to enjoy the thick, rich texture of real mayonnaise but substitute it for miracle whip or a veganiese mayo for a preferred taste.
  • Spices: Black pepper, garlic powder or garlic salt are great ways to add in a strong flavoring. Just start with a dash and continue to add it as you go for the flavor you are hoping for.
  • Heat: Make this as hot and spicy as you would like. Tabasco sauce, hot sauce or some red pepper flakes are great ways to bring on some extra heat.
  • Juices: If you are not a fan of pickle juice try apple cider vinegar, lemon juice or even horseradish to give your mouth a kick of tanginess.

How Long is Fry Sauce Good? 

It is always good to store fry sauce in an airtight container and stored in the refrigerator. It is best to use it within 3 to 5 days from making it. You can make it ahead of time but again, make sure the fry sauce is used within 3 to 5 days. When ready to serve, simply stir it together and enjoy cold! I do not recommend freezing this sauce. It would separate when thawed and have water condensation.

Fry being dipped in fry sauce dipping sauce.

What to Dip Fry Sauce In?

Fries in a bowl with fry sauce in a white ramekin all inside a large plated bowl.

The Famous Fry Sauce

4.60 from 15 votes
Fry Sauce is sweet, tangy sauce mixed together with a few simple ingredients already at your fingertips to make the ultimate dip. Take your hamburgers and fries to the next level with this sauce dip recipe! 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon pickle brine
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • pinch cayenne


  • In a small bowl combine mayonnaise ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, pickle brine, paprika, and a pinch of cayenne. Serve with your favorite fries or use on a top of a burger!



Serves: 8

Calories217kcal (11%)Carbohydrates6g (2%)Protein1g (2%)Fat21g (32%)Saturated Fat3g (15%)Cholesterol12mg (4%)Sodium406mg (17%)Potassium88mg (3%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar6g (7%)Vitamin A257IU (5%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium6mg (1%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword French Fry Sauce, Fry Sauce, Fry Sauce Recipe
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is so delicious…I added a bit of horseradish like John C. suggested…it added another touch of heat…I downsized it to 4 servings and have enough for a dipping sauce for a fish dish I have planned…Thanks for sharing your recipe..

  2. 5 stars
    I am from Oregon and I have had this kind of sauce all my life. This is a great sauce. It really has a delicious flavor and is very easy to make.

  3. 1 star
    I’m sorry to say this was not what I was looking for. It was not a good taste for my family. The cayenne stood out too much and we really eat a lot of spicy. The taste of “raw” Worcester was off…I really wanted it to work for something new…

  4. 5 stars
    I tried this tonight and was pleasantly surprised! Where has this sauce been all my life? Thanks for sharing the recipe. I originally made it for fries but ended up dipping my fried shit in it too. Great, EASY recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    Sounds good, BUT… I like a little taste of horseradish in mine!
    The easiest way is to just replace a bit of the mayo with store-brand ‘Horseradish Sauce’!

  6. 5 stars
    This is a very solid recipe for a lovely fry sauce. We’ve been using something similar for decades in my family. It was much like your recipe, except with yellow mustard instead of pickle brine. Our family uses it mainly as a dip for fried fish, but it would be fine on a hot dog or as a burger sauce, among other things.

  7. Looks delicious! Going to try. I just don’t understand why you have to use it in 3-5 days, when all the ingredients you keep in your fridge for months. Looks like a large batch.

  8. I really didn’t know what to expect, but I knew the ingredients would be quite tasty, & I sure wasn’t disappointed…This fry sauce is really delicious, & I’ll be using it for a lot more than fries…Thank you kindly for sharing… : )

  9. 5 stars
    Fabulous! I can’t make it fast enough because EVERYONE wants more.
    Thanks for sharing Alyssa Rivers!

  10. 3 stars
    Made this tonight, a bit to much ketchup for my liking but I just added extra Mayo and a little more Worcestershire sauce

  11. 5 stars
    Made a half recipe and it’s still enough for an entire bag of store bought fries. Anyone who does any cooking should always have all these ingredients so this is a great recipe! I’m sure it would be easy enough to modify a bit if you wanna go crazy and maybe add some garlic and or onion powder or some more cayenne to make it a spicy fry dip. Some chili powder maybe?

    1. 5 stars
      Hi Monique…if it’s that good of a reminder, my guess is the fry sauce from the Arctic Circle? I grew up in Albany OR–we had 2 ACs. My favorite fast food place AND sauce. This recipe is very much similar to the AC sauce 🙂 Making the tenders this evening and a fraction of the sauce–because I’m the only one who will eat it.

      1. 5 stars
        Had an Arctic Circle in Auburn, WA in the early 1970’s. 22 cents for a hamburger, 5 cents more for cheese. Loved it when Dad sent me out with a $5 bill for a bag of burgers. Sadly, I don’t remember the dipping sauce. It was the local Diner 101 in Sequim that turned me onto this sauce – delicious! I could almost ditch the fries and eat the sauce with a spoon! ;^)

  12. 5 stars
    So glad I found this, it literally could not have been any better or easier to make. It is a bit of a huge batch, so might halve it next time. But the whole family loved it, and said it was the best fry sauce they have ever had. And we have Zip’s here, so that’s saying something. Thank you for sharing!

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