This Easy Tartar Sauce Recipe is a traditional dipping sauce with a tangy flavor that is made with only 5 simple ingredients. With a simple list of ingredients, it’s a quick creamy condiment to prepare in under 10 minutes.
Serve with deep fried fish and chips, fish sticks, crab cakes, baked fish, salmon cakes, or any seafood dish. Homemade tartar sauce can be prepped up ahead of time and is good for keeping in the fridge.
This traditional tartar sauce recipe is tasty, extremely versatile, and so easy to make with my step-by-step instructions. The homemade version is best, and you will never want store-bought tartar sauce ever again!!
Make a sweet tartar sauce instead of a tart tartar sauce recipe by swapping out sweet pickle relish for dill pickle relish. My tartar sauce dill recipe is similar to what a restaurant would serve.
Homemade tartar sauce is really simple! This recipe has a great flavor that’s much better than any other product that’s available.
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What is Tartar Sauce?
Tartar sauce is a condiment that is traditionally served with fried fish. It makes a great dipping sauce for fried foods and adds another level of flavor.
The best tartar sauce recipe is mayonnaise based with dill pickle relish, lemon juice, and seasonings. You can dress it up and dress it down as much as you like.
Make a sweet tartar sauce by adding sweet pickle relish instead of a dill pickle relish.
Tartar Sauce Ingredients
From the best herbs to fresh lemon juice, the use of quality ingredients transforms an ordinary condiment into a delicious dip!
- Mayonnaise or Salad Dressing
- Dill Pickle Relish – You can also use Sweet Pickle Relish or chopped Sweet Pickles
- Lemon Juice
- Fresh Herbs – Fresh Dill is a favorite!
- Seasonings – Salt, Pepper, Seasoned Salt, and Seasoned Pepper
Dill Pickles vs Dill Relish
If you don’t have dill relish, then you can use dill pickles instead. Just replace chopped dill pickles in equal parts for the dill relish.
Dill pickles might produce more juice, so omit some of the extra pickle juice if desired.
Tartar Sauce Add-Ins
Try adding or substituting one or more of the following ingredients for tartar sauce.
- Minced Onion
- Dijon Mustard or Yellow Mustard
- Splash of Worcestershire Sauce
- Onion Powder or Garlic Powder
- Sour Cream
- A Dash of Tabasco Sauce
How to Make Tartar Sauce
Gather all the ingredients to make your homemade tartar sauce recipe. In a medium sized mixing bowl, add the mayonnaise, dill pickle relish, lemon juice, and diced fresh dill.
Using a silicone spatula, stir to combine all the ingredients together until completely combined. Add your seasoning of choice to taste.
Remember, you can always add seasonings, but you can’t take the seasoning out of the tartar sauce. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
How to Store Tartar Sauce
Store this tartar sauce recipe in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 6 days. Make sure this condiment does not sit out for long periods of time.
After the tartar sauce has been made and refrigerated (40°F or lower), do not let the temperature reach 70°F or higher. If it does, throw out and do not serve to anyone!
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What to Serve with Tartar Sauce?
Other great choices would be fried fish, fish sticks, popcorn shrimp, fish sandwiches, and salmon cakes.
Easy Tartar Sauce Recipe – FAQ
This simple homemade tartar sauce will last up to 6 days in your refrigerator. Make sure to store in an airtight container. Do not leave tartar sauce un-refrigerated. If let out and tarter sauce reaches a temperature of 70°F or higher, throw away. Make sure the homemade tartar sauce is not left out in hot weather because it will spoil very quickly and cause people to become sick.
No, cream of tartar is a white powder seasoning used in cooking or baking and tartar sauce is a mayo-based condiment used as a dipping sauce for fried foods such as fish.
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Easy Tartar Sauce Recipe
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- Mayonnaise 1 cup
- Pickle Relish (Sweet or Dill) 1 tablespoon
- Fresh Dill, Chopped 2 teaspoon
- Lemon Juice 1 teaspoon
- Salt and Pepper to taste
How to Make Homemade Tartar Sauce
- Gather all the ingredients to make your easy tartar sauce recipe.
- In a medium mixing bowl, add the mayonnaise, pickle relish (sweet or dill), lemon juice, and diced fresh dill.
- Using a silicone spatula, stir to combine all the tartar sauce ingredients together until completely combined.
- Add the seasoning of your choice to taste. Remember, you can always add seasonings, but you can’t take the seasoning out of the tartar sauce recipe.
- Chill tartar sauce in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
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Amount Per Serving Calories 187Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 17gCholesterol 12mgSodium 221mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g
Note: For exact nutritional information, consult your dietitian. All nutritional information is simply a guideline.
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