Fry sauce

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Fry sauce, also commonly known as "salsa rosada" or "mayo-ketchup", is a condiment served worldwide, often with French fries and tostones. It is usually a combination of one part ketchup and two parts mayonnaise. It is similar to — but thicker and smoother than — traditional Russian dressing and Thousand Island dressing.

In the United States[edit]

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

The Utah-based Arctic Circle restaurant chain started carrying "fry sauce" around 1948.[1] Arctic Circle serves fry sauce in its restaurants in the western United States.

In Idaho and the Pacific Northwest, fry sauce is also popular and is found at many local restaurants[2] as well as chains such as Dairy Queen and Sonic.

In Puerto Rico, the sauce is commonly known as "mayo-ketchup" and is prepared with ketchup, mayonnaise, garlic and a hint of lemon. The sauce is often used as a dip for sorullos, tostones, and other fried dishes as part of the traditional cuisine of Puerto Rico.

In the 2008 film Step Brothers, there is a scene in which the main characters referred to a home-made sauce of ketchup and mayonnaise as "fancy sauce".

Outside Anglophone North America[edit]

In Argentina and Chile, 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.[3]

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 whisky. A mixture of ketchup, mayonnaise, finely chopped onion and sometimes spices is known as riche, literally "rich sauce". More often however, Dutch fry sauce (Fritessaus, a kind of very creamy low-fat mayonnaise) and other mayonnaise-like sauces like Joppiesaus (a curry sauce) or Tartar sauce are used. Mayonnaise and ketchup separately on a dish (usually fries) and topped with freshly chopped onion is known as speciaal.

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 salad dressing called salsa rosada (pink sauce) is served with a cabbage salad. The main salsa rosada ingredients are ketchup and mayonnaise.

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.[4][5]

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.

In Germany, a popular product called Rot Weiss ("red white") is sold in toothpaste-style tubes, and consists of unmixed ketchup and mayonnaise, which form a red-and-white striped string when squeezed out. Fries at restaurants are normally served with an equal mixture of ketchup and mayonnaise.[6] What is known as 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 more often used for döner kebab than for French fries.

In Iceland, a condiment similar to fry sauce called Kokteilsósa ("cocktail sauce") is popular.[7]

In Italy and Spain, 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 Macedonia, liberal amounts of ketchup and mayonnaise are often served with grilled sandwiches, French fries, and the ubiquitous Balkan hamburger-like pljeskavica.

In Oman fry sauce is known as "Mayo-chup".

In Puerto Rico, mayoketchup is a very popular condiment made of two parts ketchup, one part mayonnaise and garlic is widely used in tostones and fried foods.[8]

In Quebec, Canada, it is one of the standard sauces eaten with fondue chinoise or as a vegetable dip. Typically, garlic powder is added.

In Venezuela, fry sauce is known as salsa rosada (same as Colombia) and is usually served at parties with snacks like meatballs, pigs in a blanket and tequeños.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Vergakis, Brock (January 6, 2007). "My oh my do we love fry sauce!". The Deseret News. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Salsa golf at the Spanish Wikipedia
  4. ^ "Bénédicta". Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
  5. ^ "Bénédicta". Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
  6. ^ Leao, Pedro Macedo (2011). Germany: Keys to Understanding German Business Culture. USA: Lulupress. p. 45. ISBN 978-1-4478-6295-6. 
  7. ^ "Forsíða | Síminn". Retrieved 2016-04-30. 
  8. ^ "mayoketchup Puerto Rico". Retrieved 2016-08-21. 

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