Copycat McDonald’s Hot Mustard Sauce

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Looking for a recipe to make your own version of McDonald’s hot mustard sauce at home? I am sharing this recipe that tastes very similar to the popular fast food restaurant’s mustard. Use it for your chicken nuggets, sandwiches, and more.

Chicken nugget with mustard sauce.


I love a sauce, like this McDonald’s breakfast sauce, Taco Bell jalapeno sauce, or this copycat Chick-Fil-A Polynesian sauce.

McDonald’s has a variety of delicious sauces to choose from including this hot mustard sauce. The restaurant did remove the sauce from their menu but it is now back in some markets.

If you can’t find hot mustard sauce at your local McDonald’s you can make this recipe in under 10 minutes. The best part about making this dipping sauce at home is that you control the ingredients.

Ingredients needed for hot mustard

Just a few ingredients are needed to make this recipe.

  • Mustard – Yellow mustard is the base for this sauce.
  • Ground mustard powder– Adds another level of mustard.
  • Mayonnaise – Adds a hint of creaminess to the hot mustard.
  • Soy sauce – This ingredient gives a saltiness to the sauce.
  • Vinegar – Use white vinegar to balance out all of the flavors.
  • Dark corn syrup – Corn syrup gives this sauce the glossy finish and also helps it stick on your food like chicken McNuggets.
  • Sugar – A little granulated sugar balances the flavors.
  • Cayenne pepper – Cayenne brings the heat to this sauce. Feel free to adjust the amount to your taste.
Bowls of sugar, ground mustard, vinegar, soy, corn syrup, and mayo.

How to make copycat McDonald’s hot mustard sauce

Step one: Add the mustard, ground mustard, mayonnaise, soy sauce, vinegar, corn syrup, sugar, and cayenne pepper in a microwave safe bowl. Whisk together until combined.

Bowl of mustard, mayonnaise, and seasonings.

Step two: Microwave for about 15 seconds and stir again. Let the sauce cool, then cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.

Recipe tips

  • If you want the sauce to have more of a similar color to the original sauce, add a pinch of turmeric. It doesn’t add much flavor, just color.
  • Want your sauce a little sweeter? Increase the sugar to 1/2 teaspoon.
  • I recommend letting the sauce sit for at least an hour, but the longer the better. This helps develop the flavors and lets them come together.

How to store leftover sauce

Store: Keep any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will last for about 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

How to serve McDonald’s hot mustard

This mustard sauce works well with many dishes.

Dip – Use it as a dip for things like chicken tenders, chicken nuggets, chicken wings, pork tenderloin, fried shrimp.

Sauce – Spread it on things like hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, or on hot dogs.

Bowl of mustard sauce, french fries and chicken nuggets.

More McDonald’s copycat recipes

Chicken nugget with mustard sauce.
4 from 4 votes

Copycat McDonald’s Hot Mustard Sauce Recipe

By Heather
Learn how to make your own copycat McDonald's hot mustard sauce. This mustard sauce has a hint of heat and is great to serve with chicken nuggets, burgers, and more.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 0.5 cup


  • 5 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 3 tablespoons ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons dark corn syrup


  • Place all of the ingredients into a microwave safe bowl. Whisk together until combined.
  • Microwave for 15 seconds. Let completely cool and then cover the bowl and store in the refrigerator for at least an hour.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 624kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 2178mg | Potassium: 588mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 75g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 225mg | Iron: 7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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  1. 1 star
    Very disappointed to find the ingredients list and “recipe” do not give how much of each to use! That’s not a recipe—that’s just a teaser article.