Small bowl of Japanese Aurora Sauce, a creamy mayo-ketchup blend.

Easy Ketchup Mayo Dip (Japanese Aurora Sauce)

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Japanese Aurora Sauce is a mayo ketchup sauce that is a perfect dip for deep-fried dishes, especially Tonkatsu (Japanese deep-fried pork cutlet). It’s not only versatile but also a breeze to make with just three ingredients.

Small bowl of Japanese Aurora Sauce, a creamy mayo-ketchup blend.

🙋‍♀️ What is Aurora Sauce?

Aurora sauce is originally a French sauce made by incorporating tomato purée into a basic béchamel sauce. It can be served with fish, meat, eggs, vegetables, or used as a pasta seasoning.

The Japanese simplified this recipe by blending Japanese mayo and ketchup to create their own version of Aurora Sauce.

❤️ Why this recipe works?

Small bowl of Japanese Aurora Sauce, a creamy mayo-ketchup blend.

Quick and Easy: This Japanese Aurora Sauce recipe requires only three ingredients and can be prepared in under five minutes—simplicity at its finest. Plus, it’s a forgiving recipe, allowing you to play around with ingredients and quantities.

Versatile: This mayo-ketchup sauce has a multitude of applications. While it’s commonly used for Tonkatsu (Japanese deep-fried cutlet), it also makes a fantastic dip for various deep-fried dishes and even roasted vegetables such as butternut squash or sweet potatoes.

You can use it as a delectable sauce for burgers, hot dogs, tacos, and more.

Use this Japanese Aurora Sauce for:

Readily Available Ingredients: Ketchup and mayo are pantry staples found in most households, right?

This Vietnamese Mayo is another simple variation of mayonnaise, not intended for use as a dip but rather as a fantastic addition to Vietnamese Banh Mi.

🥚 Ingredients for Japanese Aurora Sauce

Japanese Aurora Sauce Ingredients

You only need 3 essential ingredients for this recipe:

  • Ketchup: Japanese use ketchup instead of tomato puree for their version of Aurora sauce.
  • Mayo: I strongly recommend using Japanese Kewpie mayo for its exceptional flavor, although you can still make the recipe with Western-branded mayo.
  • Milk: This is used to thin out the sauce as needed.

🌟 Variations

  • You could season the sauce with some soy sauce.
  • For the vegan version, you could use vegan mayo instead.
  • Enhance the flavor with some garlic powder.
  • To make it spicier, add some dried chili flakes

📝 Instructions

Simply combine all the ingredients in a bowl, and in just 3 minutes, your Japanese Aurora sauce is ready to go!

mayo and ketchup in a bowl

🫙 How to store

Prepare a big batch and store it in an airtight container in the fridge for 7-10 days.

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Small bowl of Japanese Aurora Sauce, a creamy mayo-ketchup blend.

Easy Ketchup Mayo Dip (Japanese Aurora Sauce)

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Japanese Aurora Sauce is a ketchup mayo dip that is a perfect dip for deep-fried dishes, especially Tonkatsu. Not only versatile, it's also a breeze to make with just three ingredients.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Condiments
Cuisine Japanese

Equipment

  • 1 small bowl
  • 1 Spoon

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Kewpie Mayo
  • ½ tbsp Milk

Instructions
 

  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, then you have your Japanese Aurora sauce in just 3 minutes.

Notes

  • You could adjust the flavor of the sauce with a touch of soy sauce.
  • For a vegan alternative, substitute Kewpie mayo with vegan mayonnaise.
  • Elevate its flavor with a hint of garlic powder.
  • For an added kick, incorporate some dried chili flakes.
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