This classic Mississippi Comeback Sauce is creamy, flavorful, and has just the right amount of kick! Think of this sauce as a cross between remoulade and thousand island dressing - but way more delicious!
Take it from a girl who is a born and raised Mississippian - comeback sauce is a MUST for Southern foods like fried fish, hushpuppies, and fried pickles! I think I first had comeback sauce in my teens and I've been hooked ever since. All of my family and friends rave over this sauce and request it again and again!
Ingredients You Need to Make This Sauce
- Mayonnaise. This is the base of the sauce and gives it richness and creaminess. You will need 1 cup.
- Ketchup. The ketchup provides a bit of tomato flavor, sweetness, and acidity. This recipe calls for ¼ cup.
- Sriracha sauce. While many comeback sauce recipes feature mild chili sauce instead of sriracha, I think that the sriracha provides more of a balance to the sauce and of course some kick. It also provides tangy and sweet notes and a hint of garlic. This recipe calls for 2 tablespoons.
- Olive oil. Two tablespoons of oil give the sauce some added fat to create a beautiful glossy finish.
- Worcestershire sauce. This ingredient adds some complexity to the sauce, with hints of tangy, sweet, and salty flavors. Worcestershire sauce also adds umami flavor from anchovies. You need 1 tablespoon for this recipe.
- Creole mustard. 1 teaspoon of Creole mustard is all you need in this sauce for an added peppery, acidic bite. Zatarian's Creole Mustard is the brand I use! You can also use regular whole grain mustard if you cannot find Creole mustard.
- Fresh lemon juice. 1 tablespoon of lemon juice adds freshness and brightness and highlights the other flavors in the sauce.
- Fresh minced garlic. 1 clove of fresh minced garlic adds the perfect amount of garlic flavor.
- Fresh chopped parsley. 1 tablespoon of fresh finely chopped parsley adds added freshness and color to the sauce.
- Salt, cracked black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. These spices are added for extra flavor in the sauce.
How to Make This Recipe
Add all of the ingredients to a medium-size mixing bowl and use a small whisk to mix all of the ingredients together until fully combined.
That's it - easy peasy! I guess we don't really need a separate section for the instructions but for the sake of a clean and structured blog post, there you have it!
What Is Comeback Sauce?
Comeback sauce is a classic Southern sauce that originated in my hometown, Jackson, Mississippi! The Greek restaurant, The Rotisserie, first-served the delicious sauce as its house sauce, and it can now be found in restaurants across Mississippi and the Southeast.
Why Is It Called Comeback Sauce?
I just love the way we speak to people here in the South and how you never meet a stranger when you go out. Comeback sauce got its name from the way we Mississippians typically say "goodbye" or "see you later", which is "y'all come back". This sauce is certainly an excellent reason to come back to any restaurant where it's featured on the menu.
Variations and Substitutions
As I mentioned many comeback sauce recipes call for chili sauce, such as Heinz Chili Sauce, instead of sriracha, so feel free to make this substitution if you prefer.
You may also adjust the amount of the different ingredients according to your taste.
This comeback sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up 7 days - if it lasts that long!
What to Serve With Comeback Sauce
This sauce can be served with any food that you would serve ketchup, tarter sauce, or remoulade sauce with. Some Southern favorites are:
- Fried fish
- Fried shrimp
- French fries
- Fried pickles
- Fried oysters
- Blackened fish or shrimp
Try this remoulade sauce with some of these favorites from the blog!
- Blackened Catfish and Smoked Gouda Grits
- Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Creole Sauce (substitute the comeback sauce for the creole sauce)
- And my personal favorite: Southern Sweet Onion Hush Puppies!
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The Best Mississippi Comeback Sauce
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons sriracha sauce
- 2 tablespoons olive oil light tasting
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice fresh squeezed
- 1 teaspoon Creole mustard or whole grain mustard
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley finely chopped
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- Add all of the ingredients to a medium-size mixing bowl and use a small whisk to mix all of the ingredients together until fully combined.
- This comeback sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up 7 days - if it lasts that long!