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Southern Comeback Sauce

Spicy Southern Comeback Sauce – A dip you’ll make again and again to pair with all your favorite southern side dishes.

Small bowl of this southern sauce

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 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.

all the ingredients you need to make this recipe

What Ingredients You Will Need

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
  • Worchestershire sauce

What Equipment You Will Need

  • Small Bowl 
  • Spoon/Whisk
You can choose any of your favorite hot sauces to make this recipe

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) Southern Comeback Sauce Recipe Below. Enjoy!

top view of this southern dip with some french fries to dip in it

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 this come back sauce appetizer/side dish

Frequently Asked Questions 

How Long Can I Store In The Fridge?

You can store this 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.

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!

see the sauce coat this fry so nicely, you can dip anything fried in this recipe

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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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Southern Comeback Sauce Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Spicy Southern Comeback Sauce, a dip you'll make again and again.
Servings: 5

Ingredients

Instructions

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

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Nutrition

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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25 comments on “Southern Comeback Sauce”

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  2. Comeback Sauce: simple and good. If like me you’re calorie conscious, you can use two of my favorite ingredients: Hellmann’s Light Mayonaise and Heinz No Sugar Added Ketchup. Maybe it’s just from long use, but I can’t tell the difference between these two items and their more fattening original versions. I’ve recently discovered Walker & Sons’ “Slap Ya Mama” Cajun seasoning, which has replaced Emeril’s Seasoning in my kitchen.

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  7. This looks great. Making up a batch for fried catfish patties for our Kentucky Derby Party today. Will probably use 3/4 tbl of honey and 3/4 tbl of sweet chili sauce in mine. I’m always looking to add sweet chili sauce whenever I can. If you ever decide to add a 4th hot sauce to your stash, I highly recommend Crystal’s. I already have the 3 you mentioned in the house. Great minds…………………..

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  10. It was delicious!! I used it for Sweet Potato Fries ? ? ?

  11. This was phenomenal on fried green tomatoes!!

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  14. I am allergic to honey, is there something that can be used as a substitute?

  15. What kind of hot sauce. There are so many variations and all taste different

    • Hi Susan,

      In the post I mentioned personalizing the Comeback Sauce with your favorite type of hot sauce. Really, 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. Happy Cooking!

  16. First of all, love the name! I’ve never heard of Comeback Sauce but sounds like the perfect burger sauce to me. 

  17. I need this sauce on everything!

  18. Sauce makes everything better. This one looks super good.

  19. Next level sauce! Love your list of ideas for everything it can go on!

  20. I think my boys would dip just about anything in this sauce!

  21. This would be great on Blackeyed Pea Cakes and a number of things. Thank you for sharing!

  22. I LOVE Comeback Sauce but I can’t believe I’ve never made it myself! I’m SO excited to try it!