How to Make the Best Tartar Sauce

This easy homemade tartar sauce is better than anything you can buy at the store. It’s extra creamy and pairs perfectly with your favorite seafood dishes. Switch to the Easy Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe

The best homemade tartar sauce

Make the best homemade tartar sauce

This better-than-store-bought tartar sauce is incredibly easy to make. You probably already have most of the ingredients you need in your kitchen. We love this sauce served alongside homemade fish fingers and our favorite crab cakes.

Dip a fish stick in homemade tartar sauce

Ingredients for tartar sauce

The full recipe is below, but here’s a quick rundown of each ingredient. Here’s what you need to make tartar sauce from scratch:

mayonnaise provides a creamy base. You can use store-bought mayonnaise or try making your own for the best tartar sauce.

pickles Add crunch and flavor to the sauce. We use dill gherkins and particularly enjoy Claussen’s cold gherkins. For a sweeter style, try bread and butter or sweet pickles.

fresh lemon juice is indispensable for the best remoulade. It thins the sauce, making it the perfect consistency for dipping and adding a fresh, tangy taste.

capers They’re an optional ingredient as we don’t always have them in the fridge, but they add even more flavor and work wonders when mixed with lemon and herbs.

fresh or dried dill it is essential for us. If you don’t have dill, parsley is a good alternative.

English sauce It’s an unusual ingredient, but it binds the sauce together. We just add a hyphen. We add a lot of Worcestershire sauce to salad dressings and sauces. We use it to make this homemade ranch.

Dijon mustard It’s another optional ingredient, but if you have it on hand, we highly recommend it.

The ingredients you need for homemade tartar sauce

A few seconds of stirring is enough to transform the sauce into a creamy and delicious mixture.

Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes for the best remoulade. It gets better with overtime.

Frequently Asked Questions: Can I lighten the calorie sauce? For a lighter, lower-calorie sauce, you can substitute light mayo or plain yogurt for the mayo.

How long does homemade remoulade last?

Here’s the good news, this easy homemade tartar sauce keeps for about a week when refrigerated.

We like to make a double batch so we can enjoy them all week long.

What to serve with tartar sauce

Skip the store-bought sauce and serve it alongside homemade fish fingers, baked popcorn chicken, shrimp seared to perfection, or baked salmon.

Tartar sauce is a must when preparing our Maryland-style crab cakes.

I love serving tartar sauce with roasted vegetables. I especially like to dip Baked Sweet Potato Fries or these Baked Potato Wedges into the sauce. Roasted cauliflower is also very tasty.

How to make the best tartar sauce

This easy homemade tartar sauce is so creamy and perfect when served alongside shrimp, fish fingers, crab cakes, and even roasted veggies.

Makes about 3/4 cup

Watch us at the recipe

will need

1/2 cup mayonnaise, try homemade mayonnaise

1 small cucumber, chopped very small (3 tablespoons)

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste

1 tablespoon capers, chopped, optional

1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dried dill

1/2 to 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard, optional

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


    Combine the mayonnaise, pickles, lemon juice, capers, dill, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard in a small bowl and stir until combined and creamy.

    Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Taste and then season with additional lemon juice, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes for best flavor.

    Store tightly sealed in the fridge for a week.

Advice from Adam and Joanne

  • Nutritional Information: The nutritional information below is an estimate. We use the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

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Nutritional value per serving: Part 1 tablespoon / calories 64 / total fat 6.9g / Saturated Fatty Acids 1.1g / cholesterol 3.9mg / sodium 103.8mg / carbohydrates 0.3g / fiber 0.1g / total sugar 0.1g / protein 0.1g

AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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