Fry sauce is a regional condiment served with French fries. Often referred to as “Burger Sauce”. It is usually a simple combination of one part ketchup and two parts mayonnaise. When spices and other flavourings are added, it is similar to — but thicker and smoother than — traditional Russian Dressing and Thousand Island Dressing. In the United States, fry sauce is commonly found in restaurants in Utah and Idaho, as well as available by mail-order. Occasionally other ingredients such as barbecue sauce are substituted for ketchup, and other variations (created independently of the Utah version) exist outside of the United States.
- The Utah-based Arctic Circle restaurant chain – Claims to have invented fry sauce around 1948. However, a recipe for Thousand Island dressing dating from 1900 has mayonnaise, ketchup, and pickles as the only ingredients, albeit in a 1:1 ratio. Arctic Circle serves fry sauce in its restaurants in the western United States.
- In Argentina – A similar condiment known as Salsa Golf, or “golf sauce,” is a popular dressing for fries, burgers, and steak sandwiches. According to tradition, the sauce was invented by Nobel laureate and restaurant patron Luis Federico Leloir at a golf club in Mar del Plata, Argentina, during the mid-1920s.
- In Brazil – Many fast food restaurants provide “rosé sauce” (equal parts mayonnaise and ketchup, sometimes with hot sauce added) alongside the traditional ketchup and mustard with fries and onion rings.
- In Colombia – A sauce similar to fry sauce called “salsa rosada” (pink sauce) is widely used. This sauce is packed commercially by many local distributors. It is most commonly used on hot dogs, burgers, fries and chips (there is often a pack of “salsa rosada” taped onto chip bags)
- In Costa Rica – A a salad dressing called Salsa Rosada (pink sauce) is served with a cabbage salad. The main Salsa Rosada ingredients are ketchup and mayonnaise.
- In Spain and Italy – A sauce named “salsa rosa” (pink sauce) is usually served along with shellfish or occasionally as a substitute for ketchup. Its ingredients are ketchup and mayonnaise but proportions may vary.
- In Belgium and the Netherlands, the mixture of mayonnaise and ketchup is known as cocktailsaus, whiskey cocktail or sauce cocktail, often refined with the addition of some paprika powder or whiskey. Mayonnaise and ketchup separately on a dish (usually fries) and topped with freshly chopped onion is known as speciaal. A mixture of ketchup, mayonnaise, finely chopped onion and sometimes spices is known as “riche”, literally “rich sauce”.
- In France – Many Turkish restaurants and other fast-food establishments serve fry sauce and call it Sauce Américaine; 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 American sauce and the more thousand-island like sauce cocktail (somewhat similar to that of Iceland) can often be found in supermarkets, and occasionally also premixed “ketchup-mayo.”
- In Germany – A popular product called ‘Rot Weiss’, meaning ‘red white’ is sold in toothpaste-style tubes, and consists of ketchup and mayonnaise, while “Pommes-Soße” (“Pommes” is the commonly used word for “Fries,” so this is “Fry Sauce”) is a lightly spiced mayonnaise.
- In Iceland – A condiment similar to fry sauce called Kokteilsósa (cocktail sauce) is popular. Originally, the sauce was used with prawn cocktails — hence the name — but in course of time, it became indispensable with French fried potatoes. However, Icelanders use the sauce with many other dishes, including hamburgers, pizza, hotdogs, and fried fish. Substituting sour cream for some part of the mayonnaise is also popular, making the resulting sauce thicker.
- In Ireland – The sauce is commonly known as pink sauce, taco sauce, cocktail sauce or burger sauce and is enjoyed as an accompaniment to Chicken Goujons, chips and burgers.
- In Macedonia – Liberal amounts of ketchup and mayonnaise are often served with grilled sandwiches, French fries, and the ubiquitous Serbian Pljeskavica Hamburgers.
- In French Polynesia – There’s a similar sauce called “sauce lagon bleu” (blue lagoon sauce) which is made with mayo, ketchup, honey and a dash of pickles. The “Lagon bleu” is a famous burger restaurant based in Taunoa, Tahiti and the original recipe of this sauce is a secret.
- In Quebec, Canada – It is one of the standard sauces eaten with fondue chinoise.
- In the United Kingdom – It is mostly referred to as Burger Sauce and occasionally as Pink sauce. It is commonly enjoyed as a topping to French fries and hamburgers. Despite its popularity in kebab and chip shops and in fast-food vendors, it’s notably unusual to find it available to buy as a commercial bottled product in supermarkets and stores.
- In Venezuela – Fry sauce is known as Salsa Rosa (same as Costa Rica) and it’s usually served at parties with snacks like Meatballs, Pigs in Blankets and Tequeños.
Basic Fry Sauce
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- ½ cup tomato ketchup, roughly a 2 to 1 ratio
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 3 - 4 teaspoons juice from a jar of pickled gherkins , add one teaspoon at a time & check for taste
- Mix together in small bowl. Enjoy with your next snack of fries.
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