Tartar sauce is a creamy, tangy condiment that can liven up mild foods like fish, potatoes, and vegetables. While you can buy tartar sauce premade at the grocery store, it’s easy and fun to whip up a batch at home. In this article, I will instruct you how to make the best tartar sauce allows you to control the ingredients and customize the flavor to your liking.

1. Tartar Sauce Recipe


  • 1⁄2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1⁄4 cup finely chopped dill pickles
  • 1 tablespoon chopped capers
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper


In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, chopped pickles, capers, parsley, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Whisk until thoroughly mixed.

For more lemon flavor, add a bit more lemon juice. For a creamier sauce, stir in a little extra mayonnaise or sour cream.

Transfer the tartar sauce to an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld. Properly stored, the tartar sauce will keep for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

Tartar sauce goes great with mild white fish like cod, halibut or tilapia. It’s also delicious with fish sticks, fried shrimp or calamari. In addition to seafood, try using it as a dip for French fries, tater tots or onion rings. You can also use it on sandwiches in place of mayo or as a veggie dip.

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Julia Jane is a home cook inspired by her mother's cooking. With the desire to share my cooking experiences with everyone, she created this website

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