How To Make Onion Rings Sauce

How To Make Onion Rings Sauce Overview

This richly flavored recipe is how to make onion rings sauce. After over a decade of food services management and speaking with restaurant staff across the Midwest and Southeast, this has been my selection of ingredients to use for the best onion rings dipping sauce. It only took a couple of years of adjustments to finalize (as I love onion rings).

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How To Make Onion Rings Sauce

Jeff Baygents
This is how to make onion rings sauce in about 3 or 4 minutes. It will remind you of some of the most popular dipping sauces available. It is extremely easy and fast to make.
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Prep 3 mins
Total Time 3 mins
Servings 10
Calories 162kcal


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp prepared horseradish or 5 tbsp. creamy horseradish (in place of every 2 tbsp. prepared horseradish)
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • ¼ tsp cayenne red pepper


  • Mix all ingredients together thoroughly.
  • Ready to serve or store in fridge. Will keep about 5 days or more.


Onion Rings Recipe here:


Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 182mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 51IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg


Onion Rings with Dipping Sauce

To have the perfect side or appetizer of onion rings with dipping sauce, see below for our recipe for how to make onion rings homemade. You can make this onion rings sauce in advance as it stores well in the fridge. It will be ready and less effort when you decide to make the onion rings.

Is this good with fried mushrooms? Not really. That’s why I made a separate fried mushrooms dip. I only recommend this dipping sauce recipe for the following foods, although you can venture out further, of course.

  • fried onion rings
  • fried onion petals
  • deli sandwich spread
  • burgers

Others have suggested various onion ring sauce recipes for these uses, as well:

  • as a steak sauce (but there’s no Worcestershire Sauce in this recipe so, for flavor, I don’t recommend it)
  • French fries

See below for the recipe for onion rings homemade as well as other dips or sauces.

Questions About This Onion Rings Sauce

The Ingredients and Storage of Onion Rings Dipping Sauce

Why don’t you have salt as an ingredient? It isn’t desired in this case. The actual onion rings recipe already has enough salt.

Many alternate recipes use Worcestershire Sauce. Why don’t you? When offering taste tests during the tweaking periods, everyone liked the one without it a lot more. For recipes that do use Worcestershire Sauce, those might be the reason that some people say onion rings sauce is good as a Steak Sauce. In reviewing the contents of one of the most popular brands, Worcestershire Sauce includes anchovies, molasses, and vinegar.

Is this onion rings dipping sauce good on a blooming onion? Absolutely! As that represents fried onion “petals”, it’s kind of like a giant onion ring but just cut differently and not fully separated.

I want to plan ahead for onion rings and am trying to reduce steps. How far in advance can I make this onion rings sauce? I recommend no sooner than 3 days ahead. And then store it tightly sealed in a food container in the fridge. It can last a total of about 5 or more days, depending on your frequency of usage of the fridge.

Wikipedia has a good article on other sauces for onions here.

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