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What are your absolute favorite condiments, and what foods do you use them on?

Asked by Pied_Pfeffer (27446points) October 1st, 2010

Everyone seems to have a condiment that, should they have to go without, would cause whimpering, and possibly withdrawal. What is it that you must have? What foods would you pass up if it wasn’t available?

Are there any condiment combinations you enjoy that are out of the ordinary?

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Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I am all about condiments and my favorites are: hot sauce, caesar dressing (yes, yes, I know it’s not vegan, get over it), BBQ sauce and ketchup. I enjoy all condiment combinations…long ago when I was a teenager working in McDonalds, I’d mix ketchup, mayo, ranch and sweet and sour dressings together and eat just that, no joke. The only thing I don’t like is mustard.

erichw1504's avatar

I would have to say BBQ sauce and I can have it on almost anything! Specifically my chicken sandwiches. My second favorite would have to be thousand island dressing, that stuff is delicious. And of course it goes on my salad.

kenmc's avatar

Hot sauce, BBQ sauce, and ketchup are in a 3 way tie for first place. Their uses are pretty obvious… Hot sauce for pizza and grilled cheese, BBQ and ketchup are fairly interchangeable.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Salt.Step back! For I am a condiment rebel! XD

Brian1946's avatar


It smooths out the acidity of the other condiments that I like.
I like ketchup, mustard, and BBQ sauce, and they’re all better when mixed with mayo.

BBQ sauce mixed with mayo or Ranch are my favorite salad dressings.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Mustard, BBQ, and hot sauce. I will use those 3 on pretty much anything you can put a condiment on.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Freshly ground Black pepper on just about anything.

Pomegranate syrup on grilled meats.

Mustard for French Fries.

Sour Creme on potato chips, baked potatoes and meat dumplings.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I absolutely love to sprinkle furikake on plain white rice. Furikake is a Japanese mixture of shredded bits of different kinds of seaweed, sesame seeds, salt and pepper, and other spices. It also comes in other flavors not dominated by seaweed such as shiso, which is called beefsteak plant in English for it’s hearty flavor. I eat plain white rice a lot, but I really relish it with furikake.

erichw1504's avatar

@Brian1946 I hate mayo. The smell of it makes me want to gag. Yet, I still put it on turkey sandwiches; only a thin layer.

WestRiverrat's avatar

Garlic, horseradish, and tabasco sauce are the three that get the most use at my house.

Vunessuh's avatar

I can’t stand ketchup and mustard makes me want to kill someone, but I don’t mind mayo and then of course there’s salt and pepper. I don’t use condiments very often. I rarely even butter my bread. I don’t like any sauce that’s too spicy or sweet. I dip fries, chicken strips and pizza in ranch dressing.

chyna's avatar

Ranch dressing. I put it on everythiing from scrambled eggs, to chicken, chips, veggies, steak, hamburger, um, really, I can’t think of anything I don’t put it on.

WestRiverrat's avatar

One of my coworkers dips everything he eats in Jello chocolate pudding. Chicken nuggets, steak fingers, french fries, chocolate bars, celery.

erichw1504's avatar

@WestRiverrat Haha, that sounds like instant diabetes.

Brian1946's avatar


My wife and I are also ranch fans.

“I can’t think of anything I don’t put it on.”

Ummm, cereal?

marinelife's avatar

I love the combo of mayo, mustard (just a bit) and horseradish. It makes a great sandwich spread.

One of my favorite condiments is wasabi. I love wasabi mayo.

erichw1504's avatar

The Zesty Onion Ring Sauce at Burger King is one of my newest favorites. It’s basically a horseradish, but a little different.

Trillian's avatar

Dang V, I love mustard. That’s all I was going to say. And salt. My dad, unfortunaely I guess, taught me to eat rock salt when I was very little. I don’t actually eat it anymore but I still love salt on just about everything.
To those of you who complain that pople salt food befopre tasting, I say to you that I also add sweetener to my coffee before I taste it, mainly because I know that I like sweetener in my coffee.
@erichw1504 Yes, that sauce rocks, along with the sauce at outback fr the bloomin onion. I think it’s just horseradish and…hmmmm. I don’t know what the hell it is, but it’s good.

Cruiser's avatar

Fresh home grown basil. I will NOT cook Italian without it. I can cook without salt and still have great tasting food but not without the fresh basil. And of course fresh garlic cloves.

BoBo1946's avatar

I like Trojans! Oh, condiments! Any of them wil do for me! Especially mustard!

BoBo1946's avatar

@erichw1504 you would the first person I’ve heard that from…I don’t use it because it so fattening!

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@BoBo1946 Are you referencing me or the sauce?

erichw1504's avatar

@BoBo1946 Good god, you’re right (120 calories in 17g)... I need to eat more of this! I’m incredibly skinny.

rooeytoo's avatar

Sriracha! and sweet chili sauce.

MissAnthrope's avatar

I know I am very weird in this regard, but I could totally live without condiments. And salad dressing, ugh.

ragingloli's avatar

Bautz’ner Senf. And I use it on everything. You can even make a great mustard sauce with it.

BoBo1946's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer you got me confused with @erichw1504 !

Brian1946's avatar


I don’t think that’s at all weird. I think it’s enviable.

If you eat salads without dressing, then I’m sure your digestive and circulatory systems are good for another 100 years.

BoBo1946's avatar

@erichw1504 that stuff is a “heart attack waiting to happen!”

SamIAm's avatar

I can’t even pick a favorite but THIS IS THE GREATEST QUESTION EVER! :)

lately i’ve been in love with russian dressing (the real deal not the mayo/ketchup mixture), i have 7 different hot sauces in my fridge, bbq, ranch, blue cheese (salad dressings count because i put them on everything), bragg’s amino acids, dijon, yellow mustard, special mustards, in n out special sauce, soy sauce…. all of these go on everything! from morning star veggie stuff (mostly blue cheese or ranch or ketchup on those), to turkey dipped in russian, to mustard in salad dressings, to bragg’s sprayed into my mouth followed by a baby carrot. derish!!

DominicX's avatar


Same. I like ketchup on fries and in hamburgers and I’m okay with a few others, but I don’t care for most condiments. To me, they completely take over the flavor of the food they’re put on. I know people who gob chicken and other things in condiments; you can barely even taste the underlying food. It’s salty fatty sour saturated with condiments. Bleh. And I really don’t like mustard, mayonnaise, or barbecue sauce…

But if you count soy/teriyaki sauce as a condiment, I love it. :)

Blueroses's avatar

Cholula hot sauce and/or homemade pico de gallo

BoBo1946's avatar

@Samantha_Rae wow…you are really into condiments…. What is the name brand of the Russian dressing?

chyna's avatar

@Brian1946 I don’t eat cereal or I’d probably put ranch dressing on that too!

Winters's avatar

Hot sauces and/or salsas, on nearly everything. And hot mustard oil (not to be confused with your run of the mill mustard) on my Nang Myun, that has to be mixed in with my Nang Myun. And wasabi for my sushi and kim pop.

Aster's avatar

I will not eat frenchfries without ketchup . Nope ; can’t do it. I love soy sauce and terijaki sauce which I put on fried eggs, steaks, rice and ramen noodles. And I Must have mustard on corn dogs. For fried shrimp? Ketchup with Lots of horseradish ! Burgers? Ketchup and mayo.

AmWiser's avatar

Odd girl out here. I can do without condiments…I like to just taste my food without all the hoop-la:P

Mom2BDec2010's avatar

I use ketchup the most. I absolutely despise mustard though – the look. taste, and smell. Yuck!

I do love me some A1 sauce also. Yummy! I can eat it on a baked potato ^_^ and I even like it on chicken. Pssh, and they call it steak sauce.

YARNLADY's avatar

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Coloma's avatar

Ketchup and Mayo, mostly for fries and BLTs. Not a big mustard fan, unless it is a rare hot dog day. lol

Mayo is THE one.

Tomato sandwiches, BLT’s, Tuna salad, Chicken salad, cheese sandwiches.

Oh..and…I LOVE raw chunks of Cabbage dipped in Miracle Whip!

The lazy persons Cole Slaw. haha

aprilsimnel's avatar

Hellman’s mayonnaise. On Sandwiches, fries, the occasional batch of chicken nuggets… I don’t need a lot of it,either. It’s probably less than a tablespoon each time.

However, I accept no substitutes.

perspicacious's avatar

@Vunessuh I’ll remember to throw away the mustard and ketchup before you visit. :)

NaturallyMe's avatar

I like quite a few. Chutney and this mild mayo type sauce for my homemade burgers, i wouldn’t make ‘em without it. I love mustard and tomato sauce on hotdogs, i wouldn’t have hotdogs without that on, and the mustard must be a tangy one, not one of those icky sweetish ones. I also like cream cheese as a dip for certain chips, but i don’t need that and can do without it, most chips are nice as is.

SamIAm's avatar

@BoBo1946 : i get wishbone but when i can, i ask for it from the deli counter – lots of times they use just regular thousand island dressing, it’s basically the same. but the real deal is from Ben’s Kosher Deli… their russian is kick ass!

BoBo1946's avatar

@Samantha_Rae i’ll try it….you convinced me!

SamIAm's avatar

@BoBo1946: yayy let me know what you think – if you have Boar’s Head cold cuts available to you, get the honey maple turkey and have it with the wishbone thousand island, yummyy so jealous!

BoBo1946's avatar

@Samantha_Rae thank you for the tip my friend!

Coloma's avatar

I LOVE the Boars Head deli mustard with horseradish…my fav. mustard.

JustmeAman's avatar

I love to put Lemon Juice on just about everything as well as Tabasco sauce. Most other condiments are fine.

Kardamom's avatar

Almost any kind of salsa, from the plethora of salsas that you get at almost every Mexican restaurant (red, green, pico de gallo, chipotle, pineapple, mango, tomatillo, green chile etc) even jarred salsa and even the hot sauce in packets from Taco Bell and Del Taco.

Also Balsamic Vinegar and grainy brown mustard.

AshlynM's avatar

Ranch dressing
Barbecue sauce
Tartar sauce if I’m having fish.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

Fry sauce! And it is for fries, of course. It’s a Utah thing, started by a local burger joint about a century ago. Don’t knock it until you try it.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Wow. I had forgotten that I asked this question so long ago. For those of you who answered and are still tethered to this thread, thank you for your responses. What a variety of preferences are being offered up here.

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