This Copycat Arby's Sauce is tangy, thick, and lightly sweet making it the perfect topping for sandwiches or dipping fries! It's easy to make and only requires 5 simple ingredients. Tastes just like the real thing!
If you've ever had a roast beef sandwich from Arby's, you know that the star of the show is the delicious red sauce! Now you can make your own copycat Arby's Sauce right at home with just five simple pantry ingredients.
Arby's is an American fast-food restaurant chain that specializes in roasted beef sandwiches, and other foods along with their flavorful sauces and seasonings.
Arby's sauce is a secret recipe, but we've come up with a pretty close copycat that tastes just like the original!
You'll need a few simple ingredients like ketchup, Worchestershire sauce, and a few dry seasonings. Simmer it together in a pan and you've got a delicious copycat version of Arby's sauce!
This homemade Arby's sauce is perfect for dipping, slathering, or just eating with a spoon! We love it on sandwiches, but it would also be great on chicken nuggets, fries, or even as a salad dressing.
Why Make This Recipe
No need to be at Arby's to get the delicious flavor of their red sauce!
This copycat recipe is easy to make with just a few ingredients.
It's the perfect condiment for sandwiches, chicken nuggets, fries, and more!
Enjoy the sauce for up to 2 weeks.
It's great to bring to a cookout or party.
- Water - Helps thin out the sauce ingredients to the perfect consistency.
- Ketchup - Adds natural sweetness, acidity, and tomato flavor to the sauce making up the main component.
- Worcestershire Sauce - Adds a salty and bold umami flavor to the sauce. We used classic Lea and Perrins sauce, but you can use any you like!
- Ground Nutmeg - Adds a warm and slightly sweet flavor to the sauce. You can omit this ingredient if you don't have any on hand.
- Cayenne Pepper - Gives the sauce a little bit of heat. You can omit this if you don't like spicy food or add more to taste!
Corn Starch Slurry Mixture
- Cornstarch - This helps thicken up the sauce to make it spreadable on sandwiches or other foods.
- Water - Used to mix in with the cornstarch to thin it out and prevent any lumps.
Please scroll down to the recipe card below for the full quantities.
Wondering how to make this Arby's Sauce Copycat recipe? It's easy!
Just follow this step-by-step photo tutorial. Then, scroll down for the recipe card for the full ingredients list and recipe method.
Combine the ingredients: To a small pot, add the remaining water, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and dry spices.
Cook the sauce: Turn the heat up to bring the mixture to a boil while stirring, then bring it back down to a simmer for 10 minutes.
Make the slurry: In a small bowl, add the cornstarch and water. Whisk until fully combined and there are no lumps. Whisk in the cornstarch slurry until fully combined. Let the sauce simmer for an additional 5 minutes
Cool and chill: Cool the sauce completely before adding it to an airtight container or sanitized jar with a lid. Chill the sauce to develop the flavors, serve and enjoy!
It's important to mix the cornstarch with water before adding it to the sauce mixture. This will prevent any lumps in the sauce.
If the sauce is cooking too quickly or bubbling up too much, turn the heat down until it's at a gentle simmer to prevent burning.
This sauce can be served immediately, however, it tastes best when it's had time to chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
Make sure you completely cool the sauce before storing it as hot liquids can break down jars and may cause bacteria growth with temperature changes.
The level of spice in the sauce is up to you! Feel free to add more or less cayenne pepper to taste.
Add a tablespoon or two of brown sugar to the sauce for a sweeter flavor.
Add other warming spices to the mixture including smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, or even a touch of cinnamon.
If you want a thinner consistency, add an additional tablespoon or two of water until it reaches your desired thickness.
Storage and Freezing Instructions
Storing: This scratch-made Arby sauce can be stored in an airtight container or jar in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Freezing: I don't recommend freezing this sauce as ketchup can separate when thawed which will change the consistency.
Arby's red sauce is made of ketchup, water, Worcestershire sauce, and spices though the actual restaurant sauce may contain other ingredients like preservatives.
Arby's sauce is tangy, sweet, slightly spicy, and thick. This makes it perfect for spreading on sandwiches or dipping in fries.
No, Arby's sauce is not the same as the red ranch. The red ranch is a type of salad dressing while Arby's sauce is more similar to a ketchup or barbecue sauce.
More condiment recipes
We hope that you love this tasty homemade Arby sauce! Be sure to also check out these other condiments too!
Copycat Arby's Sauce
- 1 cup Water
- ½ cup ketchup
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce (Lea and Perrins)
- Pinch of ground nutmeg
- Pinch of cayenne
Corn Starch Slurry
- 1 tablespoon Corn Starch
- 2 tablespoons Water
- Whisk together all ingredients (except the corn starch mixture ingredients) in a pot over a medium heat. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Stir the corn starch into the water to creaty a thick ‘slurry’, then whisk it into the Arby’s sauce and continue to simmer for a further 5 minutes, stirring often.
- Allow to cool completely before storing.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.