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Comeback Sauce Recipe

This Comeback Sauce Recipe is the epitome of quick and easy. It’s a popular Southern dipping sauce you can use for chicken, chips, fries, vegetables and beyond. It’s simple to make and insanely delicious.

dipping chicken in Comeback Sauce

Comeback Sauce Recipe

If you’ve never heard of comeback sauce, it’s similar to a Cajun remoulade or Southern yum yum sauce. It’s mayonnaise based, and the ingredients typically vary in amounts from one cook to another. At times, I use Cajun or creole seasoning in it which easily transforms it into a deep South remoulade. You can adjust the hot sauce and level of heat to your personal preference as well.

Please note:

  • Keep in mind, that the chili sauce called for in this recipe is the kind found on the condiment aisle with ketchup. It’s not the super hot sauce found in the Asian foods section which would be too much heat for comeback sauce.
  • That said, if you want to use a super hot chili sauce you can, but this recipe uses the milder Heinz brand or similar, variation.


Comeback Sauce Recipe ingredients

Ways To Use Comeback Sauce

This simple sauce can be served for dipping with a plethora of entrees and snacks. It adds to the flavor profile and people always swarm the bowl. A few ideas to inspire you:

prepared Comeback Sauce in a bowl

More Ideas for Serving

Comeback sauce is pictured with homemade Breaded Chicken Tenders which are deep fried. If you prefer oven frying, take a look at the recipe for Oven Fried Chicken Fingers instead!

easy Comeback Sauce Recipe

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Comeback Sauce Recipe

Prep Time5 minutes
4 hours
Total Time4 hours 5 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Condiment, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: comeback-sauce-recipe
Servings: 2 cups (approximately)
Calories: 1760kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka


  • 1 1/4 cup real Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce i.e. Heinz or similar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp hot sauce (more or less to your taste)
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder


  • Add all ingredients to a medium-size mixing bowl. Whisk until fully combined.
  • Store chilled in an airtight container for 4 hours or overnight prior to serving.
  • Serve with chicken, onion rings, vegetables, chips, shrimp, fish or french fries.


Serving: 1batch | Calories: 1760kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 193g | Saturated Fat: 32g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 84g | Monounsaturated Fat: 40g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 5128mg | Potassium: 615mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 1774IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Boy, this was good! I served it alongside some fried green tomatoes, and it was outstanding. Just a nice bit of sweet, creamy and kick. I’m *definitely* keeping this one. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Are the amounts for the ingredients correct?

    It says one serving is 3/4 cup. The first ingredient is 1 1/4 cup real Mayonnaise, followed by a quarter cup each of Chili Sauce and Ketchup. That adds up to 1 3/4 cups, which sounds like a very big single serving.

    1. The ingredient amounts are correct, it appears you added it up to match the exact amount the recipe makes. The full recipe makes 1 3/4 cups. Nowhere does it say that’s an individual serving.

  3. 5 stars
    Perfectly balanced, nice flavors with a little bit of southern heat. I can see using this for bacon, lettuce and tomatoes as well as dressing for green salad. Yum! Makes plenty for leftovers

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