My All Things Southern Comeback Sauce

Hey folks, and welcome back to the All Things Southern kitchen. We’re making comeback sauce today.  Comeback sauce is a highly favored southern condiment that is also crazy versatile. You can dress salads or pastas with it, or use it as a dip for seafood and French fries but however you try it, you’ll come back for more, which is exactly how it got its name. Most every southern cook or restaurant has their own version of this southern condiment and while they all begin with a similar base, it’s wide open after that. I’m here to walk you through my All Things Southern Comeback Sauce.


“All Things Southern Comeback Sauce”

1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup ketchup
1 cup Wesson oil
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon Worcestershire
1 small onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon horseradish
Juice of one lemon
Dash of hot sauce
Salt to taste


We’ll grab a big bowl and start with my base, one cup mayonnaise, one cup of ketchup, and one cup Wesson oil. We’ll add the juice of one lemon, a dash of hot sauce, and a clove of minced garlic. Then we’ll add one teaspoon each of yellow mustard, black pepper, and Worcestershire and — here’s one of my favorite twists– a 1/2 teaspoon of horseradish. That’ll kick it up. Yes sir.

Here’s another secret. Most people use raw onion. I like to take a small white onion, mince it and sauté’ it in a tablespoon of butter before adding it to my sauce. Comeback sauce will keep in the refrigerator if you put it in an air-tight container.

Friends, the other night, I cleaned some big fine Gulf shrimp. Then I dried ’em and dredged ’em in flour to give ’em a little more  body.  I seasoned ’em really well with a cajun seasoning and placed ’em on a hot buttered grill I had preheated in my oven. I cooked ’em about five minutes at 400 degrees before layering ’em over a fresh green salad and drizzling ’em with this amazing sauce. Have mercy! It was all that! Enjoy my All Things Southern comeback sauce, y’all. It’s good eating from my kitchen to yours.


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  • Dot Johnston
    June 2, 2014 at 9:41 am

    I can not wait to make the comeback sauce!

    • Shellie
      June 2, 2014 at 9:46 am

      Let me know how y’all like it! 🙂