Southern Comeback Sauce is a rich, tangy, and slightly spicy sauce perfect for drizzling, dipping or spreading on all of your favorite snacks and sandwiches!

Fries next to a small bowl of southern comeback sauce with one fry being dipped in the sauce.

Why We Love This Comeback Sauce Recipe

Comeback Sauce… The quintessential southern dipping sauce is served with everything from fried oysters to raw veggies.

It’s a poor man’s remoulade, made with just 6 ingredients including mayonnaise, ketchup, hot sauce, and a couple of other well-selected ingredients.

If you are a southerner, have ever lived in the south, or wish you lived in the south, you should know how to make classic Southern Comeback Sauce.

This Mississippi comeback sauce is the dip that dreams are made of. It has the perfect combination of tangy, savory and sweet flavors that will keep you dipping all day long! I can serious dip anything into this sauce, including fries, chicken tenders, shrimp, and more. And don’t get me started on how much my kids love this stuff!

Ingredients needed to make Southern comeback sauce.

Comeback Sauce Ingredients

For The Condiment

  • A Cup Mayonnaise (could be low-fat mayo)
  • A few Tablespoons Ketchup
  • A Few Tablespoons Honey
  • A Tablespoon of Hot Sauce
  • Cajun Seasoning
  • Worcestershire Sauce

What Equipment You Will Need

  • Small Bowl 
  • Spoon/Whisk
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How To Make Comeback Sauce Recipe

To make Southern Comeback Sauce start with mayonnaise and add just enough ketchup to taint it orange.

Then add a little honey, a little Worcestershire sauce, a little cajun seasoning, and hot sauce. The hot sauce you select is extremely personal… Your favorite hot/spicy flavor. 

Really, you can use any kind of hot sauce you like.

SrirachaFrank’s RedHot, and Cholula are three I always have on hand. Or you can go with something a tad more simple like Tabasco.

Get the Complete (Printable) Comeback Sauce Recipe Below. Enjoy!

top view of southern dip with some french fries next to it on a newspaper.

Tips & Tricks

  • Not a fan of spice? You can omit the hot sauce, but also go easy on the cajun seasoning since it usually has cayenne pepper in it!
  • The base of this sauce is mayonnaise, however, you can substitute plain Greek yogurt for a healthier sauce! It will be tangier, though!
  • Or, make your own homemade mayo instead of using store bought!

What Is Comeback Sauce Used For?

So what else can you use Southern Comeback Sauce on? Well… Everything!

Southern Comeback Sauce is perky, creamy, and great for dunking. It’s a fabulous compliment to just about anything!

A french fry dipped in comeback sauce with more fries laying next to it on a newspaper.

Frequently Asked Questions 

How Long Can I Store In The Fridge?

You can store this tangy comeback sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. 

What Substitutions Can I Use For Honey?

If honey is not a great option for you, consider using agave, stevia, or plain granulated sugar for this fry sauce.

Can I Really Use Any Kind Of Hot Sauce?

You can use any kind of hot sauce you like! Sriracha, Frank’s RedHot, and Cholula are three I always have on hand. Or you can go with something a tad more simple like Tabasco. 

Why Do They Call It Comeback Sauce?

Word on the street is that it comes from a Greek restaurant in Mississippi, where they would use it on salad and saltines. The name came from the common goodbye greeting they use in the south. Y’all Comeback Now!

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Check the printable recipe card below for the nutritional information including calories, carbohydrates, protein, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, potassium, fiber, vitamin c, and calcium daily value percentages.

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Comeback Sauce Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Southern Comeback Sauce is a rich, tangy, and slightly spicy sauce perfect for drizzling, dipping or spreading on all of your favorite snacks and sandwiches!
Servings: 5



  • In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together until smooth.
  • Cover tightly and refrigerate until ready to serve.



Serving: 2ounces, Calories: 337kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 0g, Fat: 33g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 437mg, Potassium: 50mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 460IU, Vitamin C: 2.2mg, Calcium: 4mg, Iron: 0.3mg
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier
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