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Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe

How to Make Tartar Sauce – Our easy homemade Tartar Sauce recipe is tangy and bright, and perfect for customizing with a variety of extra flavors.

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Easy Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe

A creamy, cool and tangy Tartar Sauce is the perfect condiment to enjoy with nearly any and all seafood dishes. From baked fish to fried shrimp and oysters, it adds a welcomed burst of freshness and zesty flavor.

The standard tartar sauce recipe is pretty basic, typically made with mayo and pickles. However, there are some very simple ways you can use on-hand pantry items to make the flavor brighter and bolder.

This incredibly easy no-cook Tartar Sauce takes only 5 minutes to prepare with a handful of ingredients, and can be customized to your tastes. Give it a try and I’m sure it will be your favorite go-to condiment for all of your seafood recipes from now on!

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Ingredients You Need

This is by far our favorite combination of ingredients for making Tartar Sauce from scratch. We use relish (instead of standard pickles) for less chopping, plus a few goodies to really enhance the bright flavors.

The result is a sauce that is deliciously bold, but not too overpowering for enjoying with light fish dishes.

To make the best, easiest Tartar Sauce you need:

  • Mayonnaisethe base for a creamy sauce, you can use regular mayo or get our recipe for paleo mayo in this Buffalo Chicken Salad Recipe!
  • Chunky sweet pickle relishwe like spicy-sweet like Wickles Wicked Relish, or you can use spicy relish for a kick of heat to your sauce
  • Fresh chopped dillfor bright fresh flavor
  • Lemon juiceadds just the right acidity needed for the perfect sauce
  • Worcestershire saucegives the sauce a slightly smoky, earthy and savory taste
  • Onion powderadds perk and brings all of the flavors together
pickles, dill, lemon, mayonnaise

How to Make Tartar Sauce from Scratch

Whip up a batch of terrific tangy homemade Tartar Sauce in just 5 minutesno cooking needed!

But, as with most creamy dipping sauces, the flavor will get better as the ingredients sit together. We, therefore, recommend that you make ahead several hours up to a day or so before enjoying.

Here is how to make the best Tartar Sauce in 3 easy steps:

  1. First, set out a medium mixing bowl. Measure and add all ingredients to the bowl.
  2. Mix until thoroughly combined and creamy.
  3. Cover and place in the refrigerator until chilled.

Get the Complete (Printable) Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe Below. Enjoy!

When you’re ready to serve, spoon the sauce into ramekins and enjoy with your favorite seafood dishes.

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What Dishes Go Well With Homemade Tartar Sauce

Enjoy as a dip or spread for snacks, lunches, and dinners.

A dish of cool, creamy and tangy Tartar sauce is the perfect condiment to accompany nearly any seafood dish. Enjoy with:

This flavorful sauce also pairs well with other sides like hushpuppies, roasted potatoes, and even simple French fries.

Tartar Sauce

How to Store Leftovers

Keep homemade Tartar Sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

The flavors get even better as they sit together, so this sauce is perfect to make ahead at least a day or so before you serve.

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Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Our easy recipe for classic homemade tartar sauce is tangy and bright, and perfect for customizing with a variety of extra flavors.
Servings: 14 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise your favorite brand
  • ¾ cup chunky sweet pickle relish I like the spicy-sweet Wickles relish.
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped dill
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

Instructions

  • Set out a medium mixing bowl. Measure and add all ingredients to the bowl.
  • Mix well.
  • Cover and chill until ready to serve.

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Notes

You can use any sort of pickle relish you like. The chunkier the better! I always look for a spicy-sweet variety to give the tartar sauce that little extra something.
Keep homemade Tartar Sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
The flavors get even better as they sit together, so this sauce is perfect to make ahead at least a day or so before you serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tb, Calories: 127kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 212mg, Potassium: 10mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 170IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 1mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Condiment, Dip, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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4 comments on “Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe”

  1. One of the best homemade tartar sauces that I have tested in my life! 

  2. I love tartar sauce! It is perfect with fish sticks, haha. Such a great homemade tartar sauce recipe.

  3. I’ve always bought tartar sauce. Can’t believe how easy it was to make and so good too! Just the right amount of tangy flavor.

  4. This recipe totally saved dinner! I forgot to check if we had this in the fridge and were out. My kids loved dipping their fish sticks into this and said the flavor was better than the bottled stuff. A definite keeper!