Born in Mississippi, this sauce leaves you wanting more

Recipe: Comeback Sauce

The kissing cousin of rémoulade, this versatile spiced sauce originated in Jackson, Mississippi. Try it on chopped lettuce or anything fried.

 Photo: Hector Sanchez

What is it, you asked? Comeback sauce is often referred to as the kissing cousin of remoulade, and this versatile spiced sauce got its original kick in the 1930s, in Jackson, Mississippi. And as one of the South’s most beloved condiments, Comeback sauce is a delicacy native to the Deep South.  So what’s the story behind this popular sauce? With its history dating back to the ‘30s, it is said that Greek immigrants, who settled in the South, created this creamy, mayonnaise-based sauce, which is often compared to the fancy culinary topping remoulade. Comeback’s main ingredients include mayonnaise, garlic, and paprika, which give it that signature color.

Although used traditionally on saltine crackers or seafood, Comeback sauce can be enjoyed with peel-and-eat shrimp, fried oysters, corn fritters, grilled fish sandwiches, fried green tomatoes. Yep, pretty much anything fried.

A little tang of hot sauce, chili, and Worcestershire sauce also makes this Southern delicacy unique in its own right. Find the full recipe here and find any and every excuse to drizzle this sauce on everything.