Fry Sauce

Fry Sauce - sweet, creamy, and tangy...perfect for dipping burgers and fries! Freddy's Copy Cat #recipe

When I was a kid my parents would dip their french fries in this horrible pink concoction of mayonnaise and ketchup. It seriously grossed me out. I liked mayo, I liked ketchup, but in true kid form, I would throw up if you tried mixing them together for me.

Then I grew up.

Fry Sauce - sweet, creamy, and tangy...perfect for dipping burgers and fries! Freddy's Copy Cat #recipe

These days, I don’t eat french fries or burgers without my beloved fry sauce. It’s not quite as simple as my parent’s version of equal parts ketchup and mayo, but it’s 10o times better (sorry, mom and dad, but it is!) and I can not get enough of it. My kids are pretty leary of it, but the husband and I gobble it down like it’s going out of style. Circle of life and all that.

This stuff is perfect for dipping your fries in, but it’s so freakin’ amazing on burgers. If we get drive through (which we totally do more often than we should!), I order my burger plain, because no mixture of ketchup and mustard can compare to dipping your burger in fry sauce. It’s slightly sweet, totally creamy, with just a hint of tang from the vinegar.

Fry Sauce - sweet, creamy, and tangy...perfect for dipping burgers and fries! Freddy's Copy Cat #recipe

Can’t stop, won’t stop.

We recently moved to Nebraska (like, days ago) and they have a Freddy’s restaurant there. Have you ever been? Their burgers are simply amazing! But the best part? They have a big ol’ vat of fry sauce. This is the first restaurant I’ve been to that served fry sauce. I think it’s more popular the further west you get, so I’m a little excited about our move to Nebraska now! We might not find much sweet tea, but we have fry sauce! And cinnamon rolls…seriously, Nebraska. WHAT is your deal with cinnamon rolls? They’re everywhere!

Anyway, my fry sauce recipe is super similar to Freddy’s, so if you’re looking for a Freddy’s copycat recipe, give this one a try! You’re going to love it!

Fry Sauce - sweet, creamy, and tangy...perfect for dipping burgers and fries! Freddy's Copy Cat #recipe

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Fry Sauce

This recipe for fry sauce is sure to be a family favorite! We dip fries, burgers, and chicken in this mixture. Feel free to halve the amount if you don't think you'll use it all. You can also add more or less of each ingredient until it suits your taste. I prefer it with a bit more vinegar, but the husband likes it best this way!

Prep Time: Fry Sauce

Total Time: 2 minutes

Ingredients:

1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon season salt

Directions:

In a bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients. Adjust to taste as needed. Store in a covered container for up to 3 days.

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63 Responses to “Fry Sauce”

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness January 20, 2014 @ 6:21 am (#
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    I have never had “fry sauce” before, I am a ketchup addict. BUT, I am more than willing to try somethin’ new…I mean, if you add mayo to anything, it makes it better.

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  2. Cookbook Queen January 20, 2014 @ 8:19 am (#
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    That settles it. I’m totally moving to Nebraska. And since you’re the only person I’ll know, you have to hang out with me all the time. And eat fries and cinnamon rolls.

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  3. Anna @ Garnish with Lemon January 20, 2014 @ 8:52 am (#
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    Welcome to Nebraska, Karly! I grew up in the Cornhusker state. While I don’t recall any fry sauce when I was a kid, but a friend of mine always dipped her potato chips in a mayo-ketchup combo. Similar, right?

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  4. Becky January 20, 2014 @ 10:47 am (#
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    I already had in my head at the beginning of this post that I was going to ask you if you knew about Freddy’s and then you mentioned them! We love us some fry sauce! I’m going to pin this recipe. :)

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  5. Sanam @ bakemestyle.blogspot.com January 20, 2014 @ 12:25 pm (#
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    Wow, this sounds soo delicious! & so simply to make. I know what to add to dinner tonight now ;)

    Sanam
    http://www.bakemestyle.blogspot.com

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  6. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) January 20, 2014 @ 12:55 pm (#
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    1–YUMMMMYYY love this sauce
    2–Yay! I hope that Nebraska keeps on growing on you :)

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  7. Donna Dawson January 20, 2014 @ 1:07 pm (#
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    I live in Nebraska and I love Freddy’s and their fry sauce! Welcome! :)

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  8. susan davis January 20, 2014 @ 1:16 pm (#
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    What a blast from the past! I too grew up with this sauce only we called it Boston fish sauce. My mother was from Boston and we were a Catholic family thus fish sauce. My children thought the pink stuff looked gross the first time I served it
    Mine is made with fresh lemon juuce but vinegar would be wonderful, too. Thanks for the memories.

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  9. ShaNae January 20, 2014 @ 1:25 pm (#
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    I chuckled at this post. I live in Utah and it’s like a staple in our pantries here. My son dips his fries in it and puts them on his hamburgers. I will try this one, but one of my favorites has barbeque sauce in it which I love but the kid hates so I do what he will eat. Yes, I am mom to one of the pickiest children to ever live, and fry sauce is the only thing he will eat that is combined, other foods, if they, gasp, touch each other are no longer edible, or something gets mixed together, no longer edible. Seriously, can’t your mashed potatoes mingle with your gravy? Nope, only fry sauce can be combined. LOL

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    susan davis Reply:

    @ShaNae, I’m 58 and i still don’t want my food to touch. I also tend to eat one thing at a time. Even my sauces tend to go on the side. Sad but true. On the other hand, my husband is famous for his combos. It’s good that i am a rather savvy cook so I tend to put a meal together that is complimentary.

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    ShaNae Reply:

    @Susan, he does the same thing. Eats one thing at a time and all sauces or condiments are on the side. That’s ok though, like you said, you are savvy in how to prepare your meals, as I have become with him. Have a great afternoon.

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  10. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen January 20, 2014 @ 1:51 pm (#
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    You’re moving so far awaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! I must try this thing you call Fry Sauce :)

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  11. Kerri January 20, 2014 @ 2:02 pm (#
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    Try adding some garlic! Mmmmmm!!!!

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  12. Joanne January 20, 2014 @ 2:08 pm (#
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    I wish I could get my head wrapped around fry sauce, but mayo and ketchup are pretty much two of my least favorite things on this earth! Sigh. I do know a lot of people who would love this though…might have to make an appearance in my life at some point!

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  13. Karen January 20, 2014 @ 3:49 pm (#
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    I don’t know where in Nebraska you’ve’ moved too, but welcome!!! I also live in Nebraska and have followed your site for awhile now! You always have great food ideas and your posts are hilarious to read!!! This fry sauce I’m going to have to try sometime. Oddly enough I’ve never heard of Freddy’s…..definitely don’t have one where I live!! Some things you must try now that you are in Nebraska are Runza and Valentinos!!! :)

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    Karly Reply:

    @Karen,

    We tried Runza yesterday and it was pretty good! I need to try the BLT Runza and see how that goes…sounds amazing! As for Valentino’s, I’ll look it up! Thank you! :)

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  14. Ashley @ My Midwest Table January 20, 2014 @ 3:53 pm (#
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    Now I want fries. AND fry sauce!!!

    Yeah for Nebraska, my home state! We do kind of like our cinnamon rolls. And you know what we usually serve them with? Chili! Not like eating them together, but serving them together. It’s the perfect spicy/sweet meal combo. You’ll find them served together at restaurants and even in schools.

    Hope you are getting all settled in and enjoying The Good Life! :)

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  15. Brandi January 20, 2014 @ 4:09 pm (#
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    Yes! I LOVE Freddy’s fry sauce! I’m making this immediately!

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    Karly Reply:

    @Brandi,

    I’m already wanting another trip to Freddy’s! Maybe this weekend…. :)

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  16. Ala January 20, 2014 @ 4:23 pm (#
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    Before I saw this post, I spent an hour last night standing in the kitchen whipping up my favorite dipping sauce–my friends call it ‘miracle sauce’ because it has a great creaminess and mystery mix of flavors nobody can pinpoint (except as being miraculous), but it involves mayo, BBQ sauce, sweet thai chili sauce, and just a smidge of honey and/or vinegar. Perfect creamy dip; I am a total dips-as-main-dish person (i.e. if I’m the only person who’s going to be eating it, I usually give it a few good mixings so I can lick the spoon–mix, lick, repeat!), so this fry sauce is coming up next. Thanks for sharing!

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    Karly Reply:

    @Ala,

    Oh, I might have to experiment with that! Sounds good!

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  17. Liz January 20, 2014 @ 6:24 pm (#
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    Thank you and Happy Monday.

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  18. Becky @ lovetobeinthekitchen January 20, 2014 @ 9:31 pm (#
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    It’s so funny to me people aren’t familiar with fry sauce because everyone in Utah grew up with it! My family LOVES fry sauce! We make it all the time but I’ve never added vinegar to it before. I’ll have to try that!

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  19. Liz January 20, 2014 @ 9:46 pm (#
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    My daughter graduated from University of Nebraska at Lincoln. My son in law is from Lexington. You must try a place called Bison Burgers !! It was my favorite place to eat when we travelled up from Corpus Christi, Texas. Our town is known for Whataburger, where you can order your burger any way you like it , 24 hours a day. You can have it at breakfast, lunch or dinner or any of the other menu items .

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    Karly Reply:

    @Liz,

    I’ve had Whataburger once when I was down in Alabama! Loved it! :)

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  20. Liz January 20, 2014 @ 9:49 pm (#
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    I forgot to mention ! My son in law graduated from University of Nebraska at Lincoln as well !! I will have to tell them of your website and how you live in Nebraska now !

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  21. Graham @ Glazed & Confused January 21, 2014 @ 8:51 am (#
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    Looks just like the secret sauce at Raising Cane’s here in Louisiana! So yummy! So glad I found your blog. :)

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  22. Jan January 21, 2014 @ 9:40 am (#
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    If you are in Lincoln or Omaha, be sure to try Lazlo’s Brewery. Order their fries with creamy garlic sauce. And you’ve definately got to try Runza.

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    Karly Reply:

    @Jan,

    We’re not in Omaha, but I’ll check them out if we head out that way! And we had Runza yesterday. I’m not sure what I think yet…need to try the BLT Runza. ;)

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  23. Kari/sourdoughnative January 21, 2014 @ 11:59 am (#
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    Hi Karly, your getting closer to my neck of the woods!
    We love fry sauce and yours is darn near identical to mine , I do occasionally add garlic powder.
    Believe it or not it is also great as a salad dressing base-add in diced dill pickles and a little mustard and there you go!

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    Karly Reply:

    @Kari/sourdoughnative,

    I love it with dill relish, but my husband freaks out when I do that. Haha! I’ll have to try with a squirt of mustard too!

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  24. Gina January 22, 2014 @ 8:08 am (#
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    This is awesome Karly. I had heard that fry sauce was a Utah thing. We first had it once we moved to Idaho & I have a serious addiction to it. So happy I don’t have to go around the corner to the fast food place to get it now. Thank you :) I think I will be making this in bulk.

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  25. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. January 22, 2014 @ 11:24 pm (#
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    I need this sauce in my life like STAT!

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  26. Kathy January 27, 2014 @ 12:11 am (#
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    When I worked at a drive-in in Idaho, we used Miracle Whip and ketchup. It adds an extra zippiness. We also mixed buttermilk and mayo to make White
    Sauce. Now that’s the bomb!!

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    Karly Reply:

    @Kathy,

    Hmm, I might need to try that white sauce!

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  27. Kate January 27, 2014 @ 7:24 pm (#
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    Have you had your first experience with Cinnamon Rolls and Chili? Seriously so strange, but so delicious. It’s a midwest thing.

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    Karly Reply:

    @Kate,

    I see it offered everywhere, but haven’t tried it yet! It just sounds so weird! ;)

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  28. Judi January 27, 2014 @ 7:30 pm (#
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    Please don’t think me completely ignorant… but when you say mayo, could you also be saying “Miracle Whip” ? Here where I live, that’s interchangeable, so I just wanted to check before I serve this awesome sauce…
    Thanks, and enjoy Nebraska!

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    Karly Reply:

    @Judi,

    Hi Judi!

    Mayo is just straight up mayo where I’m from. ;) Miracle Whip is something different, but I DO think you could make this with Miracle Whip. It won’t be the same…much sweeter, but I bet it’d be good!

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  29. Cindi January 28, 2014 @ 2:20 am (#
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    Here in Utah fry sauce has been around forever….and is offered in most all the burger places. When I make mine, I mix the ketchup & mayo and add dill pickle juice to give it the tang! Love it on burgers, and with onion rings!

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  30. Bridget February 1, 2014 @ 6:27 pm (#
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    I am originally from Utah. There is a fast food place called Arctic Circle. I LOVED their fry sauce. I add some Dijon mustard or horseradish for a kick. I also always add a little pickle juice.

    I moved to The Netherlands. The fry (frites) sauce was mayonnaise. One of my favorite places did a fantastic garlic mayo. You could also find places that served peanut sauce and a curry mayo with ketchup and onions called Joppiesaus.

    I moved to Minnesota and no one had heard of fry sauce. That just blew me away. I had no idea it was not everywhere.

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    Karly Reply:

    @Bridget,

    Oh, I like the horseradish idea!

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  31. Nancy February 2, 2014 @ 7:40 am (#
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    I’m a canadian living in the netherlands. As a child I would sometimes sprinkle vinegar on my fries just for a change, I love salt & vinegar chips. But after moving to the netherlands I used mayo like everyone else (they didn’t have Heinz at the time and their ketchup was awful.) They also have patat (fries) special, it’s mayo with ketchup or curry (I use the one from Heinz, it’s not the typical India one) and chopped onions on top, ( not mixed together). The reason that they don’t use vinegar is because the mayo that is especially used for fries is a little sour from the vinegar in it.

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    Karly Reply:

    @Nancy,

    It’s so interesting hearing about regional foods! It makes me wonder what I’m missing out on!

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  32. Carol February 4, 2014 @ 5:53 pm (#
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    We are 18 miles from the Nebraska border and my kids beg for Freddie’s every time we drive by. Their fry sauce is amazing. I look forward to trying yours. We eat chili and cinnamon rolls here, too (Iowa) They just go together.

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  33. Pat Rentz February 8, 2014 @ 11:30 pm (#
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    We moved from Minnesota to Utah back in 1983. Thought the idea of fry sauce was awful. Lord, then we tasted it! Now, when we’ve traveled and there was no fry sauce, what a disappointment. There is a place here called The Training Table which gives you a dish of their special BBQ sauce, with a big dollop of mayo in the middle. That’s pretty much wonderful with their cheese fries. However, fry sauce is great, even in the variations, and I’m going to try yours, cause I think it will be really good. Thanks.

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  34. Aubrie February 8, 2014 @ 11:59 pm (#
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    I lived in the Fry Sauce Capital of the World, Salt Lake City. Oh, Astro Burger, how I miss thee! I live in Kansas now and we have Freddy’s but I’ve never been. Im gonna have to check it out!

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  35. Amanda February 10, 2014 @ 8:49 pm (#
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    I always add a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce to my fry sauce. Its delish.

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    Karly Reply:

    @Amanda,

    Great idea!

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    Cara Reply:

    I have never tried the ketchup with mayo before, but in my family we make our own fry sauce using ketchup and ranch dressing. The best thing ever!

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    Karly Reply:

    @Cara,

    Interesting! I might try that! :)

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  36. Sarah @ Miss CandiQuik February 26, 2014 @ 3:32 pm (#
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    oh my gawd…I love you.

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  37. Sarah March 5, 2014 @ 8:58 am (#
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    Freddy’s has THE BEST fry sauce EVER!!! i’d never had it until a Freddy’s moved into Grand Island, Nebraska (I live 20 minutes from there) and i can’t get enough of it! I will definitely be making this fry sauce of yours :) thanks for sharing your recipe!!

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  38. Meran March 7, 2014 @ 5:40 pm (#
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    I’m an Oregonian. And I grew up eating fry sauce on everything from hash browns to burgers, chicken and fries. I’ve even been known to use it as a salad dressing. My favorite recipe comes from Dairy Queen (a Pacific Northwest burger and ice cream chain). 2 parts mayo, 2 parts ketchup, 1 part mustard (I prefer dijon), and 1/2 part pickle juice (you can use relish if you like). Another recipe comes from Red Robin (a Utah thing – I’ve spent the last nine years there and am finally back to Oregon) you substitute 1 part of the ketchup with barbecue sauce, omit the pickle juice, and add season salt to taste. There you have it. The two best fry sauce recipes ever.

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    Karly Reply:

    @Meran,

    Both of them sound amazing!

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  39. Kim April 9, 2014 @ 1:30 pm (#
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    I thought fry sauce was just an Idaho thing! We love it here, as well. We also mix in a little mustard (dijon for me, grainy brown for my hubby) and also a little hot sauce. YUM!!

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  40. Wowguy April 17, 2014 @ 10:17 pm (#
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    You know, I have been making a ketchup based horseradish dip. I have to try this one

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  41. Ami April 30, 2014 @ 5:27 am (#
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    Can this be made and stored in the refrigerator for multiple uses or is it only good for 3 days?

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    Karly Reply:

    @Ami,

    I wouldn’t keep it longer than 3 days because of the mayo, but you can try it and see how it goes. I’m not a doctor/scientist/food safety person, so I just err on the side of caution. ;)

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  42. Tea May 11, 2014 @ 1:33 pm (#
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    i would like to know which vinegar did u put in?

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    Karly Reply:

    @Tea,

    Just white distilled vinegar.

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  43. Chelsea July 6, 2014 @ 9:31 pm (#
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    I’m from South Carolina and me and my family have been mixing ketchup and mayo together for years. I use it for french fries, chicken nuggets, hamburgers, you name it. Love it!! I’ve never added vinegar though so I will have to give that a try! Hot sauce and mayo is good as well for dipping especially when we make low country broil (corn on the cob, smoked sausage, red potatoes, and shrimp boiled together with some old bay seasoning).

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    Karly Reply:

    @Chelsea,

    Awesome! I’ll have to try adding a little hot sauce too!

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