Fry sauce

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Fry sauce with fries

Fry sauce, also commonly known as salsa rosada or mayo-ketchup is a condiment served worldwide, often with French fries or tostones. It is usually a combination of one part ketchup and two parts mayonnaise and is similar to 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 as well as chains such as Dairy Queen and Sonic.[2]

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.[3]

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 the United States[edit]

In Argentina and Chile, a similar condiment known as salsa golf (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.[4]

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 or whisky. A mixture of ketchup, mayonnaise, finely chopped onion, and spices is known as riche, literally "rich sauce." More often, however, Dutch fry sauce, knows as Fritessaus, and other mayonnaise-like sauces like Joppiesaus or Tartar sauce are used. Mayonnaise and ketchup used 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 foods such as fries and onion rings.

In Colombia, a sauce similar to fry sauce called salsa rosada (pink sauce) is widely used. It is most commonly used on hot dogs, burgers, fries and chips.

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 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 sauce américaine and the thousand island-like sauce cocktail (somewhat similar to that of Iceland) can often be found in supermarkets, and occasionally as premixed ketchup-mayo.[5][6]

In French Polynesia, a similar sauce called sauce lagon bleu (blue lagoon sauce) 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 sometimes served with an equal mixture of ketchup and mayonnaise.[7] 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.[8]

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 pljeskavica.

In Oman fry sauce is known as Mayo-chup.

In Quebec, 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 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. ^ "mayoketchup Puerto Rico". Retrieved 2016-08-21. 
  4. ^ Salsa golf at the Spanish Wikipedia
  5. ^ "Bénédicta". Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
  6. ^ "Bénédicta". Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
  7. ^ Leao, Pedro Macedo (2011). Germany: Keys to Understanding German Business Culture. USA: Lulupress. p. 45. ISBN 978-1-4478-6295-6. 
  8. ^ "Forsíða | Síminn". Retrieved 2016-04-30. 

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