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How to Make Fry Sauce for French Fries

This is how to make fry sauce with just 4 ingredients! Make it a bit spicy if you want or leave it mild like you get at the restaurant. Just like Culvers or Freddy’s fry sauce but you can customize it to your liking. Just one of many chicken wing dipping sauces.

fry sauce for french fries

Have you heard of or tasted fry sauce?? I hadn’t until we moved to Idaho and now I’m obsessed!! If you don’t want to wait until you go out to eat, this is how to make fry sauce for french fries yourself at home. Now you too can put it on hamburgers, chicken nuggets, and of course your french fries too! It’s one of our favorite recipes for dip that goes on everything. (affiliate links present)

Freddy’s Fry Sauce recipe

Of course there are slight variations of how to make fry sauce out there because everyone’s pallet is a bit different. It starts with 2 basic ingredients though and you add on from there.

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Idaho Fry Sauce

I mean we do live in the potato state and we did notice when we moved here that EVERYWHERE offered this. We weren’t familiar at first but it was a favorite with our first fast food run for sure! Then we wanted to dip everything in this, yes on Beer Batter Fries too but well beyond just potatoes.

Best Sauce for French Fries

Yep this is it. I mean if all you have ever done is used ketchup, booooooooring y’all. Amp up your next meal with this combo that you can tweak of course to your liking with heat to make it spicy or keep it classic like this here. Served drizzled over our Air fryer french fries is great.

fry sauce recipe

What does fry sauce taste like?

It’s like a creamy ketchup with just a little zing. Better than just the original red sauce you got as a kid for sure. It’s a mixture of ketchup and mayo with a few secret ingredients You can add heat too with a little Sriracha or chili powder too

What state invented fry sauce?

You first start with mayonnaise and ketchup. You’ll use twice as much mayo and mix together.

  • Arctic Circle burger chain is said to have started it
  • This started in Utah “they” say but is slowly moving to other states
  • Now you can make it wherever you live though!

Now that’s the beginning and you could stop there. This is how it started in the beginning. Simple right??!! It is quite good like this, a bit like Thousand Island dressing just without the relish.  To add the bit of zing though you’ll need 2 more things, 3 if you want some spice added.

fry sauce

What restaurants have fry sauce?

It depends on where you live of course. I never heard of it when we lived in California, but when we moved it is all over the place.

  • Freddy’s
  • Artic Circle
  • Culver’s is where we discovered it
  • Red Robin (not all of them)

Burger King Fry Sauce

A few fast food places only have it available in certain states. I never was offered it in CA. but the same place in ID. had it for me so who knows.

Some serve it packaged like you see above and some have their own recipe for fry sauce that will vary just slightly from one another.

They’re all based on the same 2 things though. If you love ranch dressing you’re going to get hooked on this!

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What do you serve with fry sauce?

Anything really….I kid you not there isn’t anything this stuff isn’t good on! We even love it as a chicken wing dipping sauce. But if you want to start somewhere this is what we serve it with and on:

Honestly I have dunked just about everything in it if I had a bowl in front of me. It just adds lots of creamy flavor to whatever you’re eating and you can really customize it to your liking.

I like a bit more tang than my husband and we’ve experimented with lots of ingredients, and just kept it simple too. It’s a fun sauce to do that with. 

You can find it bottled in stores every once and a while but I just keep the packets I get if we don’t use them in our fridge. So if we’re in a rush I pull it out and enjoy! What are you waiting for??

culvers fry sauce

Fry sauce recipe

Keep in mind that you can serve this immediately after making it, however it is best if you leave it in the fridge for a while.

Allowing it to chill and the mayonnaise to thicken back up is best (I feel in the mixing process the mayo thins out just a bit)

  1. Ketchup
  2. Mayonnaise
    1. do not use low fat
    2. in the jar is better than the squeezable containers
    3. I prefer this brand over Miracle Whip
  1. Add ins
    1. White wine vinegar
      1. some use dill pickle juice
      2. others prefer worcestershire sauce
    2. Seasoned salt – we use Lawry’s
    3. Sriracha, hot sauce or chili powder
    4. Onion powder and/or garlic powder
    5. Black pepper

How long does fry sauce last?

This homemade version would probably last a few weeks if stored in an air tight container in the fridge. An unopened bottle you bought would last a few years on the shelf.

Looking for another dip to use for things like air fryer fried shrimp and more? Try our bang bang shrimp sauce too!

bang bang sauce

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How to Make Fry Sauce

How to make fry sauce with just 4 ingredients! Make a bit spicy or mild like you get at the restaurant. Best cold mayonnaise dip ever!
Course Dip, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword dip, french fries, ketchup, mayonnaise
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 69kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Mix together your mayonnaise and ketchup. Then enjoy or continue with add ins.
  • Taste after adding white vinegar and seasoned salt to see if you would like to adjust slightly and add more of this or that.
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour for best taste.


Nutrition Facts
How to Make Fry Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 69 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 110mg5%
Potassium 16mg0%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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j prince

Monday 8th of January 2024

Miracle Whip isn't mayonnaise.


Monday 28th of September 2020

First, thank you for the recipes that you have proven & show on your web page. One ? I have is because I am from the old school on measurements can you please put on just what the heck is 0.13 tsp or 0.25 cup & what ever else.. We still use the old imperial system. Yes Im that old. I take it that 0.25 would be a 1/4 cup. lol


Sunday 9th of April 2023

@Bob, 0.13 will be 1/8 tsp


Saturday 11th of May 2019

Thanks for this recipe! I used red wine vinegar because I didn’t have white wine vinegar on hand and it worked just fine! I added seasoned salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and a few sprinklings of taco seasoning in mine. It was delicious on our tater tots!

The Typical Mom

Monday 13th of May 2019

Yeah!! It is so good on everything!

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