Fry sauce
Fry sauce with fries
Place of originUnited States
Region or stateUtah
Main ingredientsKetchup, mayonnaise

Fry sauce is a condiment often served with French fries or tostones (twice-fried plantain slices) in many places in the world. It is usually a combination of one part tomato ketchup and two parts mayonnaise.[1] Historically, the Argentinian salsa golf is most likely the first ketchup and mayonnaise sauce,[2] having been invented in the 1920s by Luis Leloir.[3]

In the United States

Fry sauce in sealed plastic cups with fries on a tray in Utah

Although sauce composed of a mixture of equal parts ketchup and mayonnaise appears in a New Orleans cookbook published in 1900,[4] fry sauce was popularized in Utah.[5] It may have first appeared there in 1955 at Stan's Drive-In, which was then a franchise of Arctic Circle. Another possible origin for fry sauce was the "pink sauce" served in 1941 at Don Carlos Barbecue in Salt Lake City.[5] [6] In his essay on Utah fry sauce, Michael P. Christensen noted that fry sauce "functions as a cultural identifier for Utahns."[6] The Arctic Circle chain still serves fry sauce in its western United States restaurants.[7]

In April 2018, Heinz announced the release of "Mayochup", a mixture of the two sauces,[8] because 500,000+ users voted "yes" in a Twitter poll asking Americans if they wanted to see it in stores. A number of Twitter users responded that such a mixture already existed as "fry sauce" and "fancy sauce".[9][10] The sauce arrived at U.S. retailers' shelves in September 2018.[11][8]

The sauce is also closely related to Yum Yum sauce, which is popular in Japanese steakhouses in America.[12]

Outside the United States

In Argentina and Uruguay, a similar condiment known as salsa golf (golf sauce) is a popular dressing for fries, burgers, steak sandwiches, and seafood salads. According to tradition, the sauce was invented by Luis Federico Leloir, a Nobel laureate and restaurant patron, at a golf club in Mar del Plata, Argentina, during the mid-1920s.[5][3][13]

In France, many Turkish restaurants and fast food establishments serve fry sauce and call it sauce cocktail; it is also common for customers to request ketchup-mayo (a dab of mayonnaise and a dab of ketchup) alongside their French fries at such places. Both sauce cocktail and the Thousand Island dressing-like sauce cocktail can often be found in supermarkets.[14][15]

In Germany, a popular product called Rot Weiß (red white) is sold in toothpaste-style tubes; it consists of unmixed ketchup and mayonnaise, which form a red-and-white striped string when squeezed out. Fries at restaurants are sometimes served with an equal mixture of ketchup and mayonnaise.[16] This style of serving is often called Pommes Rot-Weiß or, colloquially Pommes Schranke (barrier gate) due to the red-and-white coloration of those. Pommes-Soße or Frittensoße (fry sauce) is a lightly spiced mayonnaise similar to the Dutch Fritessaus. A condiment similar to the American fry sauce is known as Cocktailsoße, but it is more often used for döner kebab than for French fries.

In Iceland, a condiment similar to fry sauce called Kokteilsósa (cocktail sauce) is popular.[17]

In the Philippines, a similar sauce is made by combining mayonnaise and banana ketchup. It is commonly used as a dipping sauce for fried food like french fries and cheese sticks (deep fried cheese wrapped in lumpia wrapper) but also for appetizers like lumpia.[18][19]

In the United Kingdom, more specifically, London, this sauce is known as "burger sauce", and is served in one of two ways:

In Puerto Rico, mayokétchup is widely used with tostones, sandwiches, burgers, and fried foods. It is made of equal parts of mayonnaise and ketchup with the addition of garlic.[21]

See also


  1. ^ Becky Mercuri (2007). The Great American Hot Dog Book: Recipes and Side Dishes from Across America. Gibbs Smith. p. 127. ISBN 9781423600220. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  2. ^ DeJesus, Erin (2018-04-12). "Heinz's 'New' Mayo-Ketchup Hybrid Already Exists". Eater. Retrieved 2022-08-22.
  3. ^ a b John H. Exton (2013). Crucible of Science: The Story of the Cori Laboratory. Oxford University Press. p. 45. ISBN 9780199861088. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  4. ^ The Book of famous old New Orleans recipes used in the South for more than 200 years. Peerless Printing Company for The Free French Movement. 1900. p. 27. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "A Brief History of Fry Sauce, Utah's Favorite Condiment". Eater. 2016-08-06. Retrieved 2017-04-08.
  6. ^ a b Christensen, Michael P. (2020). "Utah's Fry Sauce". In Edison, Carol A.; Eliason, Eric A.; McNeill, Lynne S. (eds.). This is the Plate: Utah Food Traditions. University of Utah Press. ISBN 9781607817406.
  7. ^ Vergakis, Brock (January 6, 2007). "My oh my do we love fry sauce!". The Deseret News.
  8. ^ a b Maura Judkis (4 October 2018). "How does Heinz's Mayochup stack up against other mayo-ketchup sauces?". The Washington Post. The Washington Post. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  9. ^ McCluskey, Megan (13 April 2018). "Heinz' New 'Mayochup' Sauce Incites Total Condiment Mayhem". Time. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  10. ^ Olumhense, Ese (April 12, 2018). "Heinz Teased 'Mayochup', a New Mayo and Ketchup Condiment. A Contentious Online Debate Ensued". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  11. ^ "Heinz Mayochup". Kraft-Heinz, Inc. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  12. ^ Whang, Oliver (29 July 2019). "Yum Yum Sauce: The Making Of An American Condiment". NPR. Retrieved 2021-08-28.
  13. ^ Maria Baez Kijac (2003). The South American Table: The Flavor and Soul of Authentic Home Cooking from Patagonia to Rio de Janeiro, with 450 Recipes. Harvard Common Press. p. 341. Retrieved 22 October 2018. salsa golf -wikipedia.
  14. ^ "Bénédicta". Archived from the original on 2009-06-17. Retrieved 2016-08-04.
  15. ^ "Bénédicta". Archived from the original on 2009-06-17. Retrieved 2016-08-04.
  16. ^ Leao, Pedro Macedo (2011). Germany: Keys to Understanding German Business Culture. USA: Lulupress. p. 45. ISBN 978-1-4478-6295-6.
  17. ^ "Forsíða | Síminn". Retrieved 2016-04-30.
  18. ^ San Jose, Christian (October 2018). "Move over, Mayochup. Here are some mayo combinations to try instead". Nolisoli. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  19. ^ "Yum Yum Dipping Sauce". Manila Spoon. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  20. ^ "Ten Burger Sauce Recipes". BBC Good Food. Retrieved 31 December 2021.
  21. ^ "Fry Sauce Recipe". NYT Cooking. Retrieved 2022-08-22.

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