Simple and Easy Homemade Tartar Sauce

This creamy homemade tartar sauce is amazingly quick and easy to make at home. Learn how to whip up a batch in minutes. The sauce goes great with fried fish, stuffed eggs, and shrimp. This tartar sauce recipe may surprise you.

Today I’m sharing how to make a homemade tartar sauce. I shared recently how to make homemade mayonnaise, which is the base for the tartar Sauce.

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Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe

Tartar sauce is a traditional French sauce made with a mayonnaise and mustard base. Its ingredients include intense flavors such as capers, pickles and cappers, raw onion… All of this is enhanced by the lemon and/or vinegar that comes from the mayonnaise.

It is usually served with fish or chicken wings, seafood or vegetable dishes, such as a good escalivada, or grilled vegetables.

Making it will only take us 10 minutes. Take note of the ingredients of the tartar sauce and discover how easy it is to make it at home. It will be a new essential in your kitchen!

Also as I mentioned before, Even though it is available ready-made in jars, the flavor doesn’t compare to a homemade tartar sauce. It’s healthier and you can make many variations from there.

You can find this recipe also in Spanish over at my mom’s blog Check out her Salsa Tartara Recipe.

Overhead view of the Homemade Tartar Sauce in a cute cup next to lemons slices and breaded fried fish

How to Make Tartar Sauce

There is nothing easier than making a tartar sauce and the best part is that you can even add some extra seasoning of your choice to make it even tastier.

All you need is 10 minutes to get a creamy and flavorful dipping sauce ready for any fish, oyster, shrimp, or crab cake dish, or even veggies and pita bread or chips.

Ingredients:

  • Mayonnaise – store-bought or make your own Mayonnaise. It provides the creamy base that we love.
  • Fresh lemon juice – It thins out the sauce and adds a fresh zesty flavor.
  • Garlic clove smashed.
  • Salt and ground black Pepper – or your favorite condiments.
  • Onion finely chopped
  • Parsley
  • Fresh dill or dried dill
  • Dill pickles or sweet pickles relish
  • Capers
  • Yellow mustard *optional.

Instructions:

Firstly, if you are making your own mayonnaise, then start there and come back. If you are using store-bought ten jump to the next step.

When the Mayo is ready, mix in the onion, garlic, parsley, dill, pickles, capers, and lemon juice in a small bowl.

Stir until well blended and creamy.

Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Taste then if needed, adjust with additional lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

For the best flavor, cover, and store in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Serve and Enjoy!

Easy Homemade Tartar Sauce in a cute cup next to breaded fried fish

Cooking Tips

* If you like your tartar sauce with a kick, add a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce. It’ll give your sauce some depth and a spicy finish.

* Lemon or lime zest works wonders, giving it a fresh and tangy kick. It’s like a disco party for your taste buds!

* If you want an extra creamy tartar sauce, here’s a sneaky trick. Toss a spoonful of sour cream or Greek yogurt into the mix. It’ll make your sauce dreamily velvety and add a hint of tanginess.

What to serve Tartar Sauce with

The tartar sauce goes so well with fish and any seafood dishes, grilled, baked, or fried fish.

But it can also go very well with chicken nuggets and tender strips, roasted veggies. Why not use it in a sandwich too?

Leftover and storing

When the mayonnaise is homemade, the tartar souse should be served freshly made or kept in the fridge for up to 48 hours.

If you used store-bought mayonnaise, store tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Easy Homemade Tartar Sauce in a cute cup next to breaded fried fish

Recipe Variations

Tartar sauce comes from French cuisine and radishes are also often added to the original recipe. As the recipe has spread around the world, in some countries the recipe is varied to add or remove certain ingredients. For example, the Venezuelan tartar sauce usually doesn’t use onion, while the Peruvian tartar sauce forgets the mustard. In the case of Colombian tartar sauce, it is common to add chives and even eggs.

In any case, tartar sauce is one of the most popular white sauces, as most people love it.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the base of tartar sauce?

The base of tartar sauce is typically mayonnaise, mixed with other ingredients such as pickles, onions, and herbs.

Can I make tartar sauce in advance?

Yes! Tartar sauce can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week if used store-bought Mayo or a couple of days with homemade mayo.

Can I add anything else to my tartar sauce?

Of course! I mean, why not? Tartar sauce is very customizable. You can add ingredients like capers, jalapeños, or even bacon bits to make it your own.

Can I make tartar sauce without pickles?

Well, you can, but where’s the fun in that? Pickles give tartar sauce that signature tang and crunch. However, if you’re not a pickle fan or simply don’t have any on hand, you can experiment with alternatives like capers or chopped olives to add a similar zing.

Can I double or triple the recipe?

Absolutely! If you’re throwing a tartar sauce party or just really, really love the stuff, go ahead and scale up the recipe. Just make sure you’ve got a big enough bowl and plenty of hungry taste testers around to enjoy the spoils!

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Simple and Easy Homemade Tartar Sauce

Camila Rojas
This creamy homemade tartar sauce is amazingly quick and easy to make at home. Learn how to whip up a batch in minutes. The sauce goes great with fried fish, stuffed eggs, and shrimp. This tartar sauce recipe may surprise you.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Lunch/Dinner Meals
Cuisine Traditional
Servings 1 Small Bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup mayonnaise – store-bought or make your own Mayonnaise. It provides the creamy base that we love.
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice – It thins out the sauce and adds a fresh zesty flavor.
  • 1 garlic clove smashed.
  • Salt and ground black Pepper – or your favorite condiments.
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill or 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1 tsp finely chopped dill pickles or sweet pickles relish
  • 1 tsp finely chopped capers
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard *optional.

Instructions
 

  • Firstly, if you are making your own mayonnaise, then start there and come back. If you are using store-bought ten jump to the next step.
  • When the Mayo is ready, mix in the onion, garlic, parsley, dill, pickles, capers, and lemon juice in a small bowl.
  • Stir until well blended and creamy.
  • Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Taste then if needed, adjust with additional lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  • For the best flavor, cover, and store in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  • Serve and Enjoy!
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