Spicy Sambal Fry Sauce

Ketchup? Ranch? BBQ sauce?  What do you dip your fries in? I like all of the above but one of my favorites is fry sauce. You know that lovely mayo and ketchup concoction with it’s creamy tanginess that is perfect for fry snacking. This is that fry sauce that we are all used to, but kicked up a notch with some spicy sambal sauce.

The first time that I was introduced to fry sauce was in high school. I remember sitting across from a girl who proceeded to get mayonnaise and ketchup packets, put them in one of those little paper cups, mix them all together and then dip her french fries in it. My first thought was “WHAT IN THE WORLD IS SHE DOING?!”

Then I tried it.

And I thought “OK, girl is a genius”

I’ve been a fan ever since.

That version was just a quick and easy ketchup and mayo mixture, but over the years I’ve kind of made my own version. A spicy version, of course.

Spicy Sambal Fry Sauce

Instead of just mayonnaise and ketchup, I have added a clove of fresh garlic, rice vinegar and sambal oelek chili paste.

If you aren’t aware, sambal chili paste is an Indonesian style chile paste made with chiles, salt and vinegar. It’s spicy, tangy and I love it for all kinds of things from drizzling over stir-fry, dunking my eggs rolls and adding to this fry sauce.

I add a tablespoon of sambal to my fry sauce and find that it gives just the right amount of kick. If you aren’t sure start with a teaspoon and work your way up.

Spicy Sambal Fry Sauce

Spicy Sambal Fry Sauce Recipe

Makes 1/4 cup Prep Time:


  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon sambal chile sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt



Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.



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  • Reply
    October 21, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Yum! My grandma used to make “Russian dressing” with mayo and ketchup. I ate it on everything.

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    Florian @ContentednessCooking
    October 21, 2015 at 8:25 am

    This looks amazing! Love that you added chile sauce!

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    Julie @ Texan New Yorker
    October 21, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Yes please!! I’m such a fiend for sambal, this sounds absolutely amazing!

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    Heather @FrenchPress
    October 21, 2015 at 6:54 am

    I don’t know were I have been, but I have never tried fry sauce…that needs to change

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    Kacey @ The Cookie Writer
    October 21, 2015 at 5:12 am

    I totally love mayo (or any sauce) on my fries so this sounds divine!!

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    October 21, 2015 at 4:49 am

    Yes! This looks and sounds amazing! Rebecca is right, it’s all about the sauce!

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    Rebecca P.
    October 21, 2015 at 4:41 am

    That sounds awesome! It’s always about the sauce ;)