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The World’s Best French Fry Dips, Ranked

Ketchup is the classic dip, but golden, crisp potatoes are the perfect vehicle for a world of flavor. Just put the ketchup down a sec and give these other French fry dips and sauces a fair shake.

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Delicious milkshakes on wooden backgroundAfrica Studio/Shutterstock

Milkshakes

The first person to randomly dip his or her fry into a milkshake really struck gold—it’s a combination of sweet and salty, hot and cold that delights your taste buds like no other. Unbeatable!

The best choice is, of course, the Wendy’s Frosty. Here are some things you might not know about that cool concoction.

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Homemade ranch dressing in a mason jar with fresh vegetablesElena Veselova/Shutterstock

Ranch Dressing

As college students across the country know, the beauty of ranch dressing is that you can dip just about anything into it. French fries are no exception—they really play well off of its cool, herbaceous flavor.

Here’s what even ranch lovers don’t know about the dressing.

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Rose Sauce / Fry Sauce Dip - Bowl of dipping sauce made with ketchup and mayonnaise.Paul_Brighton/Shutterstock

Fry Sauce

This is a Utah-born condiment consisting of equal parts ketchup and mayonnaise (with other ingredients like pickle juice sometimes thrown in). It sounds like Mayochup to us!

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french fries and malt vinegar on a rustic tableJoerg Beuge/Shutterstock

Malt Vinegar

Anyone who’s ventured across the pond and eaten chips in the UK is familiar with the beauty of sprinkling malt vinegar onto a basket of hot fries. The Brits might be onto something.

Not sure when to use each type of vinegar? We have the answer.

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A jar of delicious home made bacon jam relish.Foodio/Shutterstock

Bacon Jam

Fatty and sweet, bacon jam is perhaps the quintessential partner for salty, earthy fries. You might have to work a little harder to get that bacon to stick to your fry, but it’s worth the effort. Our easy recipe includes whiskey and maple syrup, too.

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Brown Gravy (and Cheese Curds)

Canadians have mastered the art of poutine, which is essentially a heap of fries topped with brown gravy and cheese curds. The combination may seem random, but it totally works!

Why not throw in some short ribs, too?

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French fries in metal basket with mayonnaise on wood tableMariya Siyanko/Shutterstock

Mayonnaise

Some argue that the perfect pairing to a helping of French fries is good old-fashioned mayonnaise. It’s certainly as widely available as ketchup and is notably the go-to condiment for fries in the Netherlands.

Learn how to make mayo at home.

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Pouring cheese sauce on french fries, closeupAfrica Studio/Shutterstock

Cheese Sauce

Whether you dip them or douse them, cheese fries are an undeniably decadent treat. There’s almost as much to be said for good ol’ processed cheese as for something more elegant like, say, gruyere fondue. Cheddar works, too! No judgment here.

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Steak with fries and sauce on a wooden tray on a white backgroundDahin/Shutterstock

Steak Sauce

No need to open more than one bottle when you’re eating your meat—it only makes sense to eat thick-cut steak fries with earthy, umami-rich steak sauce. You might just find yourself reaching for the sauce even with no steak in sight.

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Fresh made Sauce Remoulade (close-up shot) on wooden backgroundHandmadePictures/Shutterstock

Remoulade

France has claimed remoulade as its French fry dip of choice. This super-flavorful and creamy blend of mayo, pickles, horseradish and other seasonings suits their pommes frites perfectly. Here you have it—a French sauce for a French fry.

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Homemade Aioli (garlic dip) on wooden backgroundHandmadePictures/Shutterstock

Aioli

Aioli is a mayonnaise-based sauce seasoned with garlic (and sometimes more), so it holds the same appeal as creamy mayo with the added bonus of some potency from garlic and lemon juice. It’s so dippable!

Here’s a spicy spin on roasted potato with homemade aioli.

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Barbecue Sauce

If your salty fries need a little more sweet (and spicy)—reach for barbecue sauce. Fortunately, it’s almost always on hand at places that serve fries. This may be one of the best French fry dips hiding in plain sight.

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Mustard in the assortment: Dijon mustard and burning Russian mustard in bowls on wooden backgroundmama_mia/Shutterstock

Mustard

Mustard’s always been there at the table, relegated usually to the hot dogs and burgers. But you might be surprised by how delicious French fries are when dipped in mustard—especially the spicy kind. This versatile condiment takes a backseat to ketchup no more.

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Homemade Spicy Hot SauceTaste of Home

Hot Sauce

While you can dull the zing of hot sauce by combining it with mayonnaise, the bold opt to dip their fries right into the fiery red liquid. It gives those fried potatoes just the right amount of punch.

By the way—we made the ultimate guide to hot sauces and how to use them.

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Fresh guacamole bowl. Guacamole is a avocado based dip, traditionally a mexican (Aztecs) dish. Healthy and easy to make at home with a few simple ingredients.Louno Morose/Shutterstock

Guacamole

It’s not every day that you’re served guacamole and French fries in the same meal, but if you get the chance to combine the two, do it! Let’s face it, guac is great on anything.

Use this recipe to make your own fresh guacamole.

Grace Mannon
Grace is a full-time mom with a Master's degree in Food Science. She loves to experiment in the kitchen and writes about her hits (and misses) on her blog, A Southern Grace.