Comeback Sauce Recipe

Comeback Sauce is one of those amazing inventions that I have no idea who created it, but I sure wish I could hug their neck in gratitude.

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A long standing southern classic, Comeback Sauce comes from the Mississippi region of the south – or so I understand – and I couldn’t be happier that friends of ours from that area while growing up introduced it to my family.

Full of delicious flavor, Comeback Sauce is easily one of my favorite go-to items in my refrigerator for all sorts of things. Of course it works perfectly as a dip for chicken fingers, chicken wings, chicken legs, as a salad dressing, and yep – even on eggs. I might be a little weird for admitting that last thing. Sorry.

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Just do me a favor and try it soon. I promise you won’t be sorry that you did. I wouldn’t steer you wrong!


Here’s the Comeback Sauce recipe I use. I know you’ll love it!

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Comeback Sauce Recipe

Comeback Sauce is a classic, southern dip or dressing. Get this family favorite Comeback Sauce recipe to keep on hand for everyday use!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Servings: 1 1/4 cup
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder


  • Mix mayonnaise, chili sauce, garlic salt, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, and onion powder together in a small bowl until well combined.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

64 comments on “Comeback Sauce Recipe”

  1. Never heard of this. Can’t wait to make it!

    • This dressing/ sauce was created by the Dennery family a greek family of Jackson ms. they owned the greek restaurant that made it famous.

  2. I have never heard of this, either….but I need it in my life…and on everything I eat, Pronto!

  3. Never heard of it but I want it on fries!!! And to add hot sauce of course!! *grin*

  4. I have no idea how I haven’t heard of this before but OMG I’m making a batch today! Seriously, YUM!

  5. Never heard of this, but man I want it. BAD! It sounds awesome!

  6. Thanks for the nice recipe, Robyn.

  7. This looks fantastic! I’m always on the hunt for new DIY condiments. Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. Oh that sounds great, I’m into sauces right now and I’m doing things with Greek yogurt, but this sounds really satisfying.

  9. I’ve never heard of this! Definitely going to have to try this out!

  10. I don’t know that I’ve had this sauce…but I’m REALLY wanting it!

  11. My comeback sauce is Thousand Island Dressing with some cayenne pepper whisked in.

  12. What kind/brand of chili sauce do you recommend? All I can think of right now is the Asian (Thai) variety, but I don’t think that is what you are referring to…

  13. I have definitely heard of Comeback Sauce but I haven’t ever made it or eaten it. That’s about to change. And, I right there with you as far as the eggs thing – sounds good to me!

  14. I’m glad I’m not the only one that has never heard of this and I am soooooooo glad you shared it. I’m always looking for a new sauce to dip chicken fingers in besides ranch or BBQ. Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. I just love all the southern stuff you teach me about! This sauce sounds awesome, can’t wait to try it!

  16. How have I never heard of comeback sauce? This looks so good…totally gonna give this a try!

  17. When you say chili sauce, do you mean something like Sriracha, that Heinz stuff, or something else?

  18. Do you think it would still be yummy if I substituted greek yogurt for mayonnaise?

  19. This sauce looks delicious! Very excited to try! Where can I get a recipe for those AH-MAZING looking chicken fingers!?!?! Mine never turn out that way! Thanks! Krisy

  20. this is very similar to a Remoulade

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  22. Yum! This sounds incredible, can’t wait to make some 🙂

  23. Sounds like “Cain’s” Sauce from the Raising Cain restaurant. . & I looove yhat sauce! Can’t wait to try!

  24. Looking forward to making this! How long will it stay fresh if stored in the refrigerator?

    • Hi Lori,
      We go through it fairly quickly at my house, but I’ve had it at least 10-12 days without any issues when stored in an airtight container (like a Mason jar) in my refrigerator. It most likely lasts a little longer, we just eat it too quickly! 🙂

  25. I add 1 teaspoon creole seasoning ( Tony Chachere’s)

  26. Cannot wait to try this but I bet a person needs to use real mayo instead of lite or fat free. What do you think?

  27. I’ll bite! Sounds good! You know I’m pinning it!

  28. My son loves anything based on chilli sauce. I have just made a batch of it for him. I’m sure it will become a family favourite. Many thanks for sharing it.

  29. Is this like the Raising Can e’er sauce. So good with their chicken strips.
    Oh how I miss Raising Can e’er Chicken. Yum!

  30. We use ketchup instead of chili sauce( I live in Alabama). My 12 yr old eats it on anything. MMMMM

  31. When you say mayo do you mean “real mayonnaise” like Hellman…or would Miracle Whip work? I always check when recipes say mayonnaise to make sure which they mean…or if they are interchangeable. I can’t wait to try this.

    • Hi Catherine,
      Yes, for mayonnaise I mean whichever one is your favorite. For me, we generally use Kraft, Dukes, or Hellman’s, and all of those work perfectly in this. Hope you enjoy it!

      • How long does it keep in the fridgerator?

      • Hi Nancy,
        It stores well in the refrigerator for at least a week or so, but never seems to last that long around my house! I hope you enjoy it!

  32. Comeback or kumback was created at the old Rotesserie restaurant in Jackson mississippi. Now served at the Mayflower restaurant in Jackson.

  33. Can comeback sauce be frozen?

  34. The Comeback Sauce I grew up on was originally used as a dip for boiled shrimp and fried catfish.
    You mix it based on how much fish / shrimp you have. Mayo, a little mustard and ketchup, a couple of dashes of worchestershire sauce, salt, black pepper, Tabasco to taste. Grate onion…I use yellow onion, and grate several peices of garlic. It should be about the color of Thousand Island Dressing.
    I can eat this with a spoon!! Delicious with french fries, chicken, just whatever!

    • Comeback sauce is a classic in MS. Mine also uses ketchup instead of chili sauce but we use Crystal Hot Sauce instead of Tabasco!

  35. what is chili sauce? the heinz one you recommended does not sound familiar. can you describe it so i can find something similar? is it like enchilada sauce or franks red hot?

    • Chili Sauce is similar to cocktail sauce, you can usually find it around the Ketchup Aisle. There are off brands but it is much thicker than ketchup.

  36. It’s just flavored mayo…

  37. what is chili sauce

  38. Gosh, I had forgotten about this sauce whipped in a pinch and before so many choices that are speciality flavors. A little mayo is magic when you start adding this and that. Any southerner knew how to mix this or their own version.

  39. I am not familiar with chili sauce.

  40. We love this sauce! It’s so delicious and versatile. I add chipotle sauce to your recipe to give it a little extra kick. Thanks so much for all your great recipes.

  41. What is the deliciousness that you are dipping into this Comeback Sauce?

  42. Homemade Comeback Sauce and homemade Chili Sauce are always in my  refrigerator. I make them in double batches when I make them because I’ve always treated them like they keep refrigerated as long as the shortest time of any of the ingredients that I use to make them. I have never had an issue with this logic, and have been doing it for over thirty years.

    The only difference in my regular Comeback recipe is an added 1 tsp of prepared horse radish. 

    Here’s another variation that I sometimes use, although the one here at addapinch is the one I always “Comeback” to.

    1 cup mayonnaise
    ¼ cup ketchup
    ¼ cup chili sauce
    1 tsp Dijon mustard
    1 tsp onion powder
    1 tsp garlic powder
    2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
    ½ tsp ground black pepper
    ½ tsp Louisiana sauce
    ¼ cup oil
    juice of one lemon 

    Variation II:
    ⅔ cup chile sauce
    ½ cup vegetable oil
    2 Tbsp lemon juice
    1 tsp Worcestershire 
    2 dashes Louisiana sauce
    1 tsp black pepper
    1 Tbsp fine grated onion
    3 cloves minced garlic
    1 cup mayonnaise
    ¼ cup ketchup
    1 tsp dry mustard
    ¼ tsp paprika
    ¼ tsp salt
    1 tsp celery seed
    ¾ tsp curry powder
    3 tsp horseradish 

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