Marie Rose sauce

Marie Rose sauce
Crab meat in shell with salad and Marie Rose sauce
Type condiment
Place of origin United Kingdom
Created by Fanny Cradock
Main ingredients tomatoes, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and pepper
Variations ketchup
Cookbook: Marie Rose sauce  Media: Marie Rose sauce

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

It is often used with seafood, and prawns in particular. Giles Coren said: "Prawn cocktail dripping with Marie Rose sauce is, probably, most symbolic of 70s cuisine."[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 refers primarily to just ketchup and mayonnaise. Marie Rose sauce in chip shops is known as "burger sauce". 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 (e.g. chips or salad).

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. Last night's TV: Supersizers Go Seventies, The Guardian, 11 June 2008


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