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Utah Fry Sauce — A State Culinary Treasure!

Awhile back I posted about Mississippi Comeback Sauce and how it apparently goes with everything….except Cheerios. When I read the ingredients it reminded me an awful lot of what we in Utah refer to as Fry Sauce. If you have ever been to Utah and ordered french fries at a restaurant…you are probably acquainted with Fry Sauce. It’s practically a state treasure. Utah-based burger chain Arctic Circle claims to have invented fry sauce in the 1940s, but combining ketchup and mayonnaise isn’t a unique idea. In Argentina it’s called “golf sauce” and is used on French fries, burgers and sandwiches. In Germany it’s called “Rott Weiss” or “Red White.”

After reading a comment from someone asking if Comeback Sauce is like Fry Sauce, it occurred to me that I haven’t ever shared Fry Sauce on the blog! That simply won’t do. Fry sauce is a gift to fry lovers everywhere.

Fry Sauce is considerably less involved than Comeback Sauce…but there is one “secret” ingredient that makes all the difference in this recipe. One I only learned within the last year.

A friend of ours opened a hamburger joint and was serving the BEST fries along with the BEST fry sauce, so I asked him what the “secret” was and I was fairly flabbergasted when he said PICKLE JUICE. I was quite skeptical actually, and it wasn’t until I mixed up my first batch with a little of the sour green stuff that I realized he was spot on about the pickle juice! It give it just the right “tang”.

So the next time you decide to make anything close to resembling a french fry…be sure to mix up a little Fry Sauce for dipping. However, I feel I must warn you, you’ll never be able to eat french fries without it again! And definitely make it with homemade mayo if you have the time.  It really makes a difference!

Basic Fry Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup ketchup (roughly a 2 to 1 ratio)
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons pickle juice (add one teaspoon at a time & check for taste)

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Eat.

That is all there is to the basic recipe, however, there are a million and one variations out there. I’ve heard of using barbecue sauce or chili sauce instead of ketchup, and some people add a “kick” with cayenne pepper or tabasco sauce. Have fun with it….go crazy! 馃檪

How do you like to eat YOUR french fries? 

Utah Fry Sauce

Jill Nystul
If you have ever been to Utah and ordered french fries at a restaurant鈥ou are probably acquainted with Fry Sauce. It鈥檚 practically a state treasure! And it's simple to make…with one secret ingredient.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 138 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup ketchup roughly a 2 to 1 ratio
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons pickle juice add one teaspoon at a time & check for taste

Instructions
 

  • Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Sodium: 209mgCalcium: 3mgVitamin C: 0.4mgVitamin A: 65IUSugar: 2gPotassium: 35mgCholesterol: 7mgCalories: 138kcalSaturated Fat: 2gFat: 13gCarbohydrates: 2gIron: 0.1mg

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