Tartar Sauce Recipe

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Making Tartar Sauce yourself at home is so easy and tastes better than the pre-made store bought stuff. Made with ingredients you probably already have on hand, like mayo, onion, pickles, lemon and more. Serve alongside fried fish, fish and chips, crab cakes and tuna patties!

bowl of tartar-sauce with spoon with fish and fries surrounding

But Wait, What is Tartar Sauce Anyway?

Tartar sauce is a cold condiment that is commonly used as a dip for seafood dishes such as fried fish or as a topping for sandwiches. It is typically made from mayonnaise, chopped pickles or relish, and various seasonings such as salt, pepper, and dill. I like the added tang of lemon AND pickle juice and I think you’ll love my version. If you’re anything like me, you PILE it onto fish sandwiches or any kind of breaded fish, really.

woman's hand spooning out tartar sauce from bowl

How To Make Tartar Sauce

For full recipe details, including ingredients needed and measurements, see the printable recipe card below.

tartar-sauce ingredients

Combine Ingredients

Ok, this is going to go quickly! Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir until mixed well. Done! Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Storing Tartar Sauce

Store tartar sauce in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 7 days. I don’t recommend freezing it, because of the mayo. The texture will change and become grainy when thawed.

It’s important to note that homemade tartar sauce doesn’t have preservatives like commercial brands (this is a good thing!), so it’s best to consume it within a week to ensure freshness and prevent spoilage.

woman's hand dipping fish stick into bowl of tartar sauce

More Seafood Recipes to Try!

There you have it–super simple to make tartar sauce at home! What will you use it on first? If you make my recipe, I would love it if you would give it a star review! Have a great day, friends!

bowl of tartar-sauce with spoon with fish and fries surrounding
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2.80 from 5 votes

Tartar Sauce Recipe

Making Tartar Sauce yourself at home is so easy and tastes better than the pre-made store bought stuff. Serve alongside fried fish, fish and chips, crab cakes and tuna patties!
servings 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup dill pickles finely diced
  • 3 tbsp onion finely diced
  • 1 tbsp pickle juice
  • juice of 1 small lemon about 2 tbsps
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients and serve with tuna or other seafood.

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Nutrition

Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 25g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 508mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 66IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.2mg
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: tartar sauce

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