Dips and Dabs: Three Classic Sauces for Southern Fried Food

Fried chicken and tartar sauceSouthern states such as Louisiana, Florida, and Alabama love to fry their food and serve it in bite-sized pieces, and anything fried is never complete without a sauce. The choices for dipping sauces vary greatly depending on your preference.

Whether you prefer the spicy hot sauces to compliment the Cajun influence of fried alligator nuggets, or a cool, creamy remoulade perfect for your fried oysters, there’s always a sauce perfect for your fried goodies. To give your culinary repertoire a boost, here are some easy to prepare sauces you can serve with any of your favorite Southern fried treats.

Remoulade Sauce

If Louisiana ever had an official state dipping sauce, the honor will certainly go to the remoulade sauce. This concoction—made of several ingredients that are probably already in your refrigerator and spice cabinet—goes great with a lot of Southern fried dishes, including alligators and oysters.

A basic remoulade sauce starts with mayonnaise as its base, yellow mustard for that distinctive yellow color, and for some tanginess, horseradish to give it a kick, and capers for that salty, briny flavor. A splash of lemon juice, Worcestershire, and hot sauce, and a dash of garlic powder, salt and pepper and you’re good to go. All you’ll need to do to throw a memorable Mardi Gras party, for example, is to order alligator meat online and other seafood for that authentic Southern menu.

Cocktail Sauce

Cocktail sauce gives you a tangy tomato flavor that goes great with a lot of fried and breaded meats. While there are numerous bottled cocktail sauces at your local supermarket, making your own is better because it’ll be fresher, and you can control the amount of spice and heat. Order alligator meat online, as well as other seafood, and fry them for a classic party.

This blend is a mixture of tomato ketchup as base, with horseradish for an added kick. You can adjust the amount of horseradish depending on your tolerance for spiciness. You can also put in hot sauce, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and celery salt for added flavor.

Tartar Sauce

For a cool and creamy dip, tartar sauce is a great complement to fried finger foods. The most basic tartar sauce starts with mayonnaise, pickle relish, and fresh lemon juice. As with the other sauces, you can add hot sauce, capers, and other ingredients to make it your own. This goes well with almost everything, from potato fries to onion rings to fried fish.

The key in making Southern-inspired sauces is to use it as a compliment to the food, and not as a way to give it its flavor.