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Marie Rose sauce

Marie Rose sauce
Crab meat in shell with salad and Marie Rose sauce.jpg
Crab meat in shell with salad and Marie Rose sauce.
Place of originUnited Kingdom
Created byFanny Cradock
Serving temperaturecold
Main ingredientstomatoes, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and pepper
Fry sauce, similar in composition and appearance to Marie Rose sauce, served with french fries in the United States

Marie Rose sauce (known in some areas as cocktail sauce or seafood sauce) is a British condiment often made from a blend of tomatoes, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and black pepper. A simpler version can be made by merely mixing tomato ketchup with mayonnaise. The sauce, as well as cocktail sauce, were invented in the 1960s by British cook Fanny Cradock.[1]

It is often accompanied with seafood, and prawns in particular.[2]

Similar sauces

United States

In the United States, a similar sauce, fry sauce, is sometimes served with french fries. Another similar sauce called Thousand Island dressing is popular in the United States and Canada. The Thousand Island dressing recipe reputedly originated from the Thousand Islands between the state of New York and the province of Ontario.[3] In Argentina, salsa golf is a similar sauce created in the 1920s at a golf course, hence the name.


In Ireland, Marie Rose sauce (Irish: anlann Marie-Rose) refers primarily to just ketchup and mayonnaise, and often salt and pepper. Marie Rose sauce in chip shops is usually known as "burger sauce", though there are many names in use. However, the above British versions are also used in Ireland. The name used is dependent on where it is being served (e.g. chip shop) and what the sauce is being accompanied with (such as chips or salad). More formal recipes may also incorporate ingredients such as horseradish, herbs, and a splash of Irish brandy.

Some restaurants may top or accompany Marie Rose sauce with Irish cheddar cheese.

See also


  1. ^ "The origins of 10 modern classic foods". Channel 4. Archived from the original on April 6, 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Prawn cocktail with Marie Rose sauce" by John Torode, from From Celebrity MasterChef, website: [], accessed 2018
  3. ^ [1]