Spicy Fry Sauce. Great to dip or sauce your bun!

Spicy Fry Sauce

Fry Sauce is something we love to make with one of our quick go to meals; hamburgers and homemade steak fries.  This time we thought we could kick up the flavor and add some spice! What is nice about this recipe is that if you want to make the ketchup part and stop there you can. If you want to keep going and make the Spicy Fry Sauce you can do that as well. So, in essence this is two recipes in one!

This recipe is easy for any Little Chef to complete. It is quick which means even the smallest with short attention spans can stick to it. First, in a saucepan melt the butter and garlic over medium heat. Let the garlic saute in the butter for a couple minutes.

butter and garlic

Add in the red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper and ketchup. Let it cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

spices in butter and garlic Spicy Ketchup

Give it a taste, if you like the spicy ketchup you can stop here. If you like Spicy Fry Sauce you only need to add two more ingredients; mayo and dill pickle relish. Measure out 1 cup mayo and 3 teaspoons dill pickle relish. Combine well.

That’s it! Enjoy it on your fries or on your hamburger! We like it both ways. My Little Chefs did not notice the heat on their hamburger, but they did notice it in varying degrees in the fry sauce. A quick make ahead side dish that would be great is Creamy Cucumbers.

Spicy Fry Sauce in a bowl

Before you ask, yes we normally serve our hamburgers on regular sandwich bread because that is what we always have for school lunches. Rarely does this meal get planned ahead and we actually have hamburger buns to toast and use. In our house real hamburger buns are a treat!

Spicy Fry Sauce

Spicy Fry Sauce


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 3 tsp dill pickle relish


  1. In a saucepan melt the butter and garlic over medium heat. Let the garlic saute in the butter for a couple minutes.
  2. Add the red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper and ketchup. Cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Let cool for a few minutes.
  3. Add mayo and dill pickle relish and combine well.


I am a mom to Five Little Chefs who love to cook and create anything with their hands. Watching over 10 additional hands keeps me busy but is so much fun! We laugh and cry everyday, but then want to do it again the next day. That is how we know we are enjoying life!

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    Rosey February 21, 2013 (8:30 pm)

    I have never tried a Fry Sauce, but this one sounds really good. I’m visiting today from Katherine’s Corner, and I’m glad you linked up. 🙂

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      Kimberly February 21, 2013 (8:39 pm)

      Thanks for visiting. We love fry sauce…obviously. Maybe you will too?!

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    Kaz & Ang (@MeltingMoments_) February 23, 2013 (3:29 pm)

    I’ve never heard of fry sauce. Is it for fries or stir fries? Either way, it sounds yummy.

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      Kimberly February 23, 2013 (5:41 pm)

      It is to dip fries in (instead of ketchup). We like baked fries the best! Some of us like fry sauce on our burgers instead of or in addition to ketchup and mustard.

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    Yona February 23, 2013 (3:33 pm)

    Oh wow – I like spicy foods and specialty sauces. Thanks for sharing.

    I’m stopping by to say ‘hi’ from Katherine’s Favorite Things Thursday – better late than never.

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      Kimberly February 23, 2013 (5:42 pm)

      Hi. Thanks for stopping by. Come back soon!

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    Miz Helen February 24, 2013 (7:11 pm)

    What a great sauce, we will just love this sauce. Hope you have a fabulous week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    Alicia - One Mother Hen February 27, 2013 (2:58 pm)

    Reminds me a bit of the big mac sauce(macdonalds). I can imagine this sauce would be awesome on a burger 🙂

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    Paula-Riverton Housewives February 28, 2013 (10:28 pm)

    I love fry sauce and am SUPER excited to try this! We’d love for you to link this up at our party! http://www.housewivesofriverton.com/2013/02/riverton-housewives-round-up-54.html

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      Kimberly March 1, 2013 (7:29 am)

      I would love to link up but am having a hard time connecting to your party. 🙁

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