Utah Fry Sauce

Updated: Jan 16, 2019

Now I'm not an original Utah native, but my wife is, and after marrying her and moving to Utah, I've learned a lot about the state and its people.

And if there is one thing I've learned, it's that in Utah, we love fry sauce. Almost as much as we love Martinelli's, Mitt Romney and talking about the good old days of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Which is to say, a lot.

In fact, in Utah, people put fry sauce on fry sauce.

Some brush their teeth with it.

Some eat it on cereal.

If we could drain the Great Salt Lake and fill it with fry sauce, we would.

Wikipedia credits Don Carlos' Barbecue in Salt Lake City (which became Arctic Circle) with starting the fry sauce craze back in the day. These days you can buy it in grocery stores or get it out of pumps in restaurants just like ketchup or better yet, make your own at home. Heinz, a half-century or so late to the fry sauce party, recently started marketing Mayochup, which is kinda sorta similar to the base fry sauce.

But we can make our own, and it will be more delicious.

Fries are the perfect excuse for Utah Fry Sauce.

Fry Sauce 101

There is no one single simple official recipe for fry sauce, but there is a lot of debate and there are many variations.

Regardless, there are a couple basic foundational ingredients, namely mayonnaise and ketchup, and these are generally in a 2 to 1 ratio. Then the disagreements start. Actually the disagreements start before that, as some people use chili sauce or barbecue sauce instead of ketchup and some don't like the 2 to 1 ratio and come up with their own.

Anyway, once you get your base, your imagination can take your fry sauce in a million different directions.

Basic Fry Sauce Recipe

-- Once cup mayonnaise

-- One half cup ketchup (or chili sauce...some even add barbecue sauce)

-- 1 to 3 teaspoons dill pickle juice (taste after mixing in each spoonful)

Note: some people swear by sweet pickle relish instead of dill pickle juice

-- A few shakes of onion powder

Put everything together in a bowl and mix.

From this base, let your fry sauce imagination wander... you might like to add/substitute:

-- a shake or two of cayenne

-- a drop or two of hot sauce

-- a little garlic powder

-- a little smoked paprika

-- french onion soup mix

-- cider vineagar

-- Worcestershire

-- ground mustard