If you loved McDonald's Breakfast Sauce and can't seem to forget about it, then this good-as-the-original, copycat recipe is exactly what you need! It captures all the explosive flavors and creamy goodness we all love using simple sauces, seasonings, and spices, done in just 10 minutes!
If you frequently have breakfast at Mcdonalds, then you are probably familiar with their tangy-sweet, deliciously spiced Breakfast Sauce. And you may well be aware that they have, unfortunately, discontinued making this fantastic sauce. But don't you fret! With this easy-to-make, customizable homemade recipe, you can recreate the same sauce in the comfort of your home! It is the perfect dip for nuggets, mozzarella sticks, poppers, fish and chips, bacon, and fried chicken. It also goes well with sandwiches, bagels, salads, and entrees.
What is McDonald's breakfast sauce?
Mcdonald's breakfast sauce is a cheesy mayonnaise with spices. It was the special sauce that went on McDonald's breakfast bagels for many years. Unfortunately, In August 2018, Mcdonald's tweeted that they had discontinued their breakfast sauce. Since then, many have speculated what was in the original recipe.
Why you'll love this recipe
Now you can enjoy your nostalgic favorite McDonald's sauce with this copycat recipe.
- This fuss-free sauce is super easy to make. Simply mix all the ingredients! No cooking, slicing, or complicated prep work.
- The beauty of homemade sauce? You can add, omit or lessen the amount of seasoning and spices based on your preference.
- This sauce is preservative and additive-free. Since you made it, you know exactly what is in it!
- One batch will last for days, so you can enjoy this yummy breakfast sauce anytime.
- It is an all-in-one sauce that can be enjoyed with various dishes and appetizers. This very similar to my favorite Popeye's sweet heat sauce.
Key ingredients and why we use them
You'll be surprised by how many of the ingredients you'll need to make this sauce are already in your fridge or pantry! I will also add some optional ingredients that you can add depending on how you like your sauce to turn out.
Mayonnaise: This is the base of the entire recipe. Some people have noted that the breakfast sauce tasted more like a hollandaise sauce. And it should come as no surprise that both are very similar. I prefer mayonnaise for the base of this recipe as it's widely available. However, you could also experiment with hollandaise sauce.
Yellow Mustard: This gives the sauce that robust, zesty taste. Some people reported using honey mustard in this recipe for a subtly sweet flavor.
Steak Sauce: I use A1 steak sauce in the recipe, but feel free to use any brand.
Dried Dillweed: This gives the sauce a unique taste with its earthy, mildly sweet, and citrusy profile.
Cheddar Cheese Powder: This adds both color and taste to the recipe. You can usually find this in your grocery store's spice or popcorn aisle.
The original McDonald's recipe has a natural smoky flavor, extractives of turmeric, and "spices" in the list of ingredients. This copycat recipe includes turmeric, chili powder, and liquid smoke as optional ingredients. Based on personal taste, feel free to include or omit these.
Heather's helpful hints
Though you can enjoy the McDonald's Breakfast Sauce right away, I find it better to wait for a few hours to overnight to allow the flavors to blend together.
TOP TIP: Feel free to tweak the measurement of the recipes to your liking. The optional ingredients add another layer of flavor to the sauce- try them if you have them on hand.
This is a thick sauce. If you use it to flavor your meats, you can thin it out by adding a splash of water or more lemon juice.
Frequently asked questions
Not anymore. They discontinued the sauce in August 2018.
Absolutely! You can use vegan mayo and dairy-free cheddar cheese powder to turn this into a plant-based sauce. Make sure the steak sauce is vegan too.
It is usually made of tomatoes, vinegar, raisins, and spices. Some brands also add anchovies.
Making your own McDonald's Breakfast Sauce is super simple by following the steps below.
Step 1) Combine mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, and steak sauce in a bowl.
Step 2) Mix together until no lumps remain using a whisk.
Step 3) In a separate small bow, combine your spices (dillweed, salt, black pepper, and cheese powder).
Step 4) Add the spices to the mayonnaise mixture, and stir until everything is combined.
Place the sauce in an airtight bottle or jar and keep it in the fridge for up to 10 days. I also like to use plastic squeeze containers for easy use. Anything that you can cover while refrigerated will work. I do not recommend freezing this recipe.
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McDonald's Breakfast Sauce
- ⅔ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon steak sauce
- ½ teaspoon dried dillweed
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon cheddar cheese powder
- ⅛ teaspoon turmeric optional
- ⅛ teaspoon liquid smoke optional
- ⅛ teaspoon chili powder optional
- In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, and steak sauce. Mix together until no lumps remain.
- In a separate small bow, combine your spices (dillweed, salt, black pepper, and cheese powder). Mix to combine the spices.
- Add the spices to the mayonnaise mixture, and stir until everything is combined. Taste the mixture and add optional ingredients as desired.
- Store sauce in an airtight container refrigerated for up to ten days.
Notes and Tips
- Optional Ingredients: The original McDonald's recipe has natural smoke flavor, extractives of turmeric, and "spices" in the list of ingredients. This copycat recipe includes turmeric, chili powder, and liquid smoke as optional ingredients. Based on personal taste, feel free to include or omit these.
- Cheese Powder: This recipe calls for cheese powder. This adds both color and taste to the recipe. You can usually find this in the spice or popcorn aisle of your grocery store.
- Steak Sauce: I use A1 steak sauce in the recipe, but feel free to use any brand. You can also substitute Worcestershire sauce for a similar flavor profile.
- Mustard: Some people reported that they used honey mustard in this recipe for a subtly sweet flavor.
- Mayonnaise: You can use ½ to ⅔ cups of mayonnaise in this recipe. Less mayo gives you a stronger flavored sauce.
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