This copycat Zaxby's Zax Sauce recipe can be made right at home! Enjoy Zaxby’s famous creamy, sweet and zesty dip with french fries, or many other dishes, for a zesty flavor you’ll come back for again and again.
If you’ve never been to Zaxby’s before, you’re missing out!
Zaxby's is yet another super popular fast food restaurant in the South. They serve lots of fried chicken along with other fried foods and “Zalads” -- you know, for health.
One of the best things about eating at Zaxby’s is their famous Zax sauce.
You might also know this dip as Fry Sauce or Pink Sauce.
It's a combination of creamy, slightly sweet, and just a bit zesty making it something you’ll want to dip ALL your food in.
While Zaxby’s is a growing chain in America, if you can’t get it, you can still make this delicious dip using my copycat zax sauce recipe!
We're super addicted in my house and we love using it as a dip for our fries and raw veggies!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Enjoy the best of Zaxby’s right at home by making a big batch of sauce from home.
It’s incredibly versatile and can be used as a condiment for potatoes, veggies, and proteins.
You can adjust the level of garlic to whatever amount you enjoy.
Make a vegan version of Zax sauce by using vegan mayo and a vegan alternative for Worcestershire sauce ( I use Henderson's).
It’s much more affordable to make it from scratch.
Zax sauce is an easy way to jazz up many dishes.
- Mayonaise -You can use any mayo you enjoy to make this sauce.
- Ketchup - Adds a sweet and tangy flavor and gives it a red-colored hue.
- Garlic Powder - Infuses a bit of garlic flavor throughout the sauce.
- Black Pepper - Adds a big kick of black pepper flavor.
- White Vinegar - Give an acidity to the dip to balance the sweetness.
- Worchestershire - Adds tasty complexity to the dip. Veggies and vegans, be sure to use a suitable Worcestershire sauce (like Henderson's).
Step By Step Tutorial
If you're wondering how to make zax sauce, then look no further! Follow these instructions, then scroll down to the recipe card for the full method and ingredients.
Add all of the sauce ingredients to a large bowl.
Using a whisk, combine all the sauce ingredients together until evenly distributed.
Cover the bowl, or add the sauce to a jar or airtight container, and let it sit in the fridge for at least one hour before using, though overnight is best!
Top Recipe Tip
Letting this sauce rest in the fridge really helps the flavors to merge and develop, so try not to skip that step! An hour will do, but overnight will make it taste incredible. The flavors will merge and combine, and turn it into a flavor bomb.
What To Serve With Zax Sauce
Zax sauce is usually served as a fry sauce or for fried chicken, but there are lots of ways you can enjoy it!
It’s the perfect sauce for dipping Spiralized Sweet Potatoes or wedges.
Serve in a bowl with a serving of Vegan Chicken Nuggets for kids lunches.
Add a dollop instead of sour cream to these mini baked potatoes.
Drizzle it on top of these crispy Roasted Potato Peels.
Use it in place of mayo in your favorite Potato Salad.
Give it a note of sweet flavor by adding a dash of maple syrup, honey or agave while mixing.
Make it herby and fresh. Shake in some of your favorite dried herbs such as thyme, rosemary or Italian seasoning.
Make a spicy homemade Zax sauce by shaking in a sprinkle of cayenne pepper or red chili flakes.
Try making it with homemade mayo!
Storing: Homemade sauce containing mayo can be stored in the fridge for up to 7 days. If using storebought mayo or vegan ingredients, it may last up to two weeks.
Freezing: Mayo will lose it’s emulsification when freezing, therefore freezing is not recommended.
In this recipe for zax sauce, you’ll see it’s made of varying amounts of ketchup, mayo, vinegar and Worcestershire with some spices.
The taste of this sauce has been described as a cross between honey mustard and ketchup that has a creamy texture.
If you’re at a Zaxby’s location, you can purchase an 8 or 16 ounce container of premade sauce.
Cane’s sauce has some Creole seasoning mixed in which makes it a bit more spicy than Zax sauce which is a bit heavier on the garlic instead.
More Dips & Sauces
I hope you love Zax sauce as much as we do! Be sure to also try these other tasty homemade sauces and dips.
Check out the Veggie Desserts + Cakes cookbook on Amazon
Copycat Zaxby’s Zax Sauce
- 1 cup (250g) mayonnaise
- ½ cup (115g) ketchup
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- Mix all ingredients together well.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour for the flavors to develop. Overnight is even better.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.