The ultimate sauce to add flavor to any dish! Comeback Sauce can be used as a dip, spread, or salad dressing. Also tastes great on a hamburger or chicken burger. So easy to make with a few pantry essentials.
Comeback Sauce Recipe
When my husband's nephew was here working with us he kept raving about Southern Comeback Sauce and asking if we could find some here in Spokane.
We tried to introduce him to fry sauce and were quickly told that it is not the same thing.
He told us that Southern Comeback Sauce is served at fast food restaurants in the south and perfect for dipping chicken fingers, fish sticks, onion rings, potato chips, chicken nuggets, spread on a sandwich, and really any fried food he can find.
This started a quest to make homemade comeback sauce that wasn't crazy spicy but had enough kick that you kept going back for another taste. This is the recipe we finally landed on and I hope you love it.
We did a sauce taste test with all of our favorites and it was fun to see which sauce we all blindly picked.
I think this sauce would be epic as a salad dressing or the perfect dipping sauce for vegetables like green bean fries. YUM!
Fair warning! It is called Comeback Sauce because it keeps calling you back for another couple bites.
Next time you make a platter of fries or chicken tenders skip the ketchup and whip up a bowl of this epic creamy, tangy, savory dipping sauce.
When we made this sauce I thought it would be interesting to read a bit more about it. I learned that it is believed to have been originally created at a Greek restaurant in Jackson, Mississippi.
The sauce quickly became famous and took off across the South. Our nephew said he finds it at most restaurants and people always have it on the table for picnics, family holiday meals, or barbecues.
Have you found Comeback Sauce in your area? I have not seen it in Spokane so I am glad that we can make it at home.
This is a quick overview of the simple ingredients that you'll need to make Comeback Sauce! Specific measurements and step-by-step instructions are included in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- Hot Sauce
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Garlic Powder
- Salt and Black Pepper
Hot Sauce - Some recipes use Heinz chili sauce as an alternative to hot sauce.
Optional - add in 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder, 1 teaspoon paprika for more flavor.
Mixing Bowl - We are big fans of this glass batter bowl that has a handle. It makes it easy to mix ingredients and keeps the mixing bowl steady on the counter. You can also use a food processor.
How to make Comeback Sauce
I've included complete instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, but here's a quick version.
Mix all of the ingredients together until smooth. We use a whisk and spatula to make sure we get everything mixed together.
What is Comeback Sauce?
Comeback sauce is a spicier version of Thousand Island Dressing.
What to serve with Comeback Sauce
Are you wondering what do you use Mississippi Comeback Sauce for...don't worry it can be used for so many things.
Roasted Vegetables - Try it with air fryer broccoli, air fryer cauliflower
Fried Foods - French Fries, Chicken fingers, Chicken Nuggets, Onion Rings, Potato Chips, Popcorn shrimp, chicken wings, crab cakes, hushpuppies, buffalo wings
As a smear - Smear it on hamburgers, fried chicken sandwiches, turkey sandwiches
As a dressing - Pour it over a salad, scoop it into coleslaw, over fish tacos
Try it instead of mayo in deviled eggs.
Is Comeback Sauce Spicy?
This recipe can be as spicy as you like it! Just change the amount of hot sauce used to change the spice level.
How long will Comeback Sauce last in the Refrigerator?
The sauce should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a month.
Preparation and Storage
Make Ahead – Comeback Sauce can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge.
Storage – Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Freezing/How to freeze –
Substitutions - Use different flavors or mayo or ketchup.
Vegetarian Option - You will want to use a vegetarian Worcestershire Sauce. Regular bottles may have anchovies or fish sauce in them.
Vegan Option – Use Veganaise or other vegan mayonnaise brands. Make sure to use a vegan Worcestershire sauce.
Gluten Free - Make sure to check the labels of ingredients being used to make sure they are gluten-free.
Smaller Serving Size – The serving size can be changed in the recipe card below to make a smaller bowl of sauce.
Make it Spicy – Add in extra hot sauce, sriracha sauce, or cayenne pepper for more heat.
Make it Sweet - Add in honey or brown sugar to sweeten the sauce.
Larger Group/More servings – This recipe can easily be doubled or more to serve a large group. All you need to do is change the serving size in the recipe card below.
Store this great Mississippi Comeback Sauce in the refrigerator.
For best flavor plan time for the sauce to rest in the fridge and all of the flavors to meld together.
For extra spice you can add in a tablespoon of Sriracha Sauce.
For less spice you can use less hot sauce.
This recipe can easily be doubled if you are looking to serve it for a large group. This recipe makes about ¾ cup of sauce.
Printable recipe card instructions are below.
Nutrition information, including calories, protein, calcium, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamin c, potassium, cholesterol, sodium, trans fat, monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, and more, will vary depending on the products used.
When to serve Comeback Sauce
- As a dipping sauce
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Southern Comeback Sauce Recipe
- ½ Cup Mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons Ketchup
- 1 Tablespoon hot sauce can add more for a spicier sauce
- 1 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
- ½ Teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ Teaspoon Black Pepper
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl, whisk to combine.
- Store in the refrigerator
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