Comeback Sauce

What’s the most perfect dipping sauce ever invented? Without a doubt, it’s Comeback Sauce! We use it for everything from chicken fingers to onion rings and fries to sandwiches. Once you try it, you’ll use this stuff on everything, too!

If I had to choose one dipping sauce to use for the rest of my life, it would undoubtedly be Comeback Sauce. This easy comfort food combination of pantry staple ingredients is perfect for my chicken fingers, onion rings, steamed veggies, fries, fried fish, and even to drizzle on meal-sized sandwiches like po’ boys, steak sandwiches, and roasted tomato.

Comeback sauce in a white bowl with an onion ring being dipped.

You’re probably already wondering how it got the name “Comeback,” right? Well, it’s said that the sauce was originally created as the house dressing in a restaurant in Jackson, Mississippi, and just spread like wildfire across the south. As for “comeback,” it’s probably from the southern expression used when saying goodbye to loved ones – “y’all come back now.”

It’s very similar to Louisiana’s Remoulade, Utah’s fry sauce, and somewhat reminiscent of Thousand Island Dressing. It’s basically a spiced mayonnaise.

❤️ What You’ll Love About This Recipe

  • Versatility. This is one of the most versatile recipes I know. It serves as everything from a salad dressing to a dipping sauce to a sandwich spread.
  • Make it Your Own. Spice it up or down to suit your own tastes.

🛒 Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed for Comeback Sauce.

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  • MayonnaiseUse the “good stuff” – in other words, not low fat – for this recipe. I recommend Duke’s. Always.
  • Chili SauceThink of chili sauce as catsup with a kick. I recommend you use Heinz Chili Sauce for this recipe.
  • Dry MustardColman’s is my favorite.
  • Hot SauceAny hot pepper sauce you like. I like Tabasco. You may prefer Texas Pete or Sriracha.

You’ll find detailed measurements for all ingredients in the printable version of the recipe at the bottom of this post.

🥄How to Make Comeback Sauce

It really could not be any easier. One step. Stir all the ingredients together in a small mixing bowl until thoroughly blended and smooth. 

👉 PRO TIP: The sauce is best if made in advance (overnight at least) to allow flavors to blend.

Comeback sauce in a white bowl.

❓ Questions About Comeback Sauce

How long will this last in the fridge?

Comeback Sauce will keep for a long time in the refrigerator. There’s no dairy in it and there is a good amount of acid from the lemon juice, ketchup, and mayonnaise. I often keep this sauce refrigerated for two weeks. Sometimes longer.

Can I make Comeback Sauce in advance?

Yes! Comeback sauce is best if made and allowed to sit overnight in the fridge to enhance the flavors.

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Comeback sauce in a white bowl with an onion ring being dipped.

Comeback Sauce

Comeback Sauce made from simple ingredients is perfect for everything from chicken fingers to onion rings and fries to sandwiches.
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Condiments and Extras
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 54kcal
Author: Lana Stuart


  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup chili sauce (recommend Heinz brand)
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder (recommend Colman's brand)
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon hot pepper sauce (recommend Tabasco brand)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika


  • Stir together all ingredients in a small mixing bowluntil thoroughly blended and smooth. 


  • Best if made in advance (overnight is best) to allow flavors to blend.

Nutrition Information

Serving 1 | Calories 54kcal | Carbohydrates 5g | Protein 1g | Fat 4g | Saturated Fat 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat 2g | Monounsaturated Fat 1g | Trans Fat 1g | Cholesterol 3mg | Sodium 298mg | Potassium 57mg | Fiber 1g | Sugar 3g | Vitamin A 94IU | Vitamin C 2mg | Calcium 5mg | Iron 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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