Comeback Sauce

published Nov 1, 2021
Comeback Sauce Recipe

This ultra-creamy, tangy sauce only takes five minutes to put together.

Makes3 cups

Prep5 minutes

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comeback sauce (southern mayo, ketchup and hot sauce based dressing)  in a small black bowl with a spoon taking a spoonful out.
Credit: Photo: Eric Kleinberg; Food Stylist: Kristina Vanni

As a born-and-bred Yankee, I never thought I would find myself making countless trips to and from the Deep South. Lo and behold, my sister found her prince charming in the form of a Southern gentleman from Jackson, Mississippi. After they got married and relocated to Mississippi, I soon began to enjoy the pleasure of frequent food-fueled visits and took a deep dive into the traditional cuisine of the region. Suddenly I couldn’t get enough of the crawfish boil from the local shack down the street, and no party seemed complete without sweet tea and cheese straws. But of all the local foods, I have to say comeback sauce is hands-down my favorite.

I first tasted this incredible salad dressing meets dipping sauce at the picturesque H.D. Gibbes & Sons restaurant in Learned, Mississippi. Along with my order of redfish, I could pick two sides and one of the options was a salad served with comeback sauce, so of course I had to try it. From the first bite, I was hooked.

I used to ship back bottles of commercially produced comeback sauce from the grocery store, and I soon learned how to make it from scratch. Just a few seconds in the blender or food processor to make this sauce and you can be transported to Mississippi. This recipe makes a good amount of sauce, but it can be used in countless ways. A salad dressing is always a good choice, but using it as a dip is an extra-special treat. You can even use it as a sandwich spread or on hamburgers.

Credit: Photo: Eric Kleinberg; Food Stylist: Kristina Vanni

What Is Comeback Sauce?

If Mississippi had an official condiment, it would be comeback sauce. Think of it as a spicier, more interesting version of Thousand Island dressing.

What to Serve with Comeback Sauce

Comeback sauce can be used as a salad dressing, a condiment for dipping onion rings or french fries, or as a substitute for mayonnaise in deviled eggs.

How Long Does Comeback Sauce Last in the Refrigerator?

Comeback sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one month.

Comeback Sauce Recipe

This ultra-creamy, tangy sauce only takes five minutes to put together.

Prep time 5 minutes

Makes 3 cups

Nutritional Info


  • 1

    large lemon

  • 1/2

    medium yellow onion

  • 2 cloves


  • 1 cup


  • 1/2 cup


  • 1/2 cup

    chili sauce, such as Heinz

  • 1/2 cup

    neutral oil, such as safflower or canola

  • 1 tablespoon

    Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon


  • 1 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon

    freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    dry mustard


  1. Prepare the following, adding each to a blender or food processor with the blade attachment as you complete it: Juice 1 large lemon until you have 1/4 cup, coarsely chop 1 medium yellow onion until you have 1/2 cup, and coarsely chop 2 garlic cloves.

  2. Add 1 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 cup ketchup, 1/2 cup chili sauce, 1/2 cup safflower oil, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon paprika, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard. Blend until smooth, about 1 minute.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 month.