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tartar sauce recipe
tartar sauce recipe

What’s better than having your tartar sauce recipe which can be sorted out quickly at home for your perfectly cooked dishes at home!!!

While cooking any seafood dishes the first thing which comes to my mind is the tartar sauce recipe. In the countries of New Zealand, South Africa, UK, Australia along with Commonwealth’s some part this tartar sauce recipe is quite common. The reason is they go perfectly well with dishes like fish fingers, fish and chips, fried oysters, clams strips which are especially seafood.

Tartar sauce recipe composition:

The composition of the tartar sauce recipe differs from region to region. The Tartar sauce recipe is made with either the base containing mayonnaise (which contains oil, bitartrate, vinegar/mustard, and egg yolk) or with aioli which has olive oil and garlic. You can add some components according to the availability at home. Gherkins, capers, dill, and lemon juice are added to the tartar sauce recipe in the UK. Whereas in US chopped pickles, onion/chives, parsley, preserved green sweet relish is added to the tartar sauce recipe. Sometimes Dijon mustard, cocktail onions, olives, and hard-boiled eggs are also added to it.

Points to be remembered while you are making the tartar sauce recipe at home

  • For adding a creamy base to the tartar sauce recipe add mayonnaise to it. For this, you can use mayo brought from the store or make your own from scratch for it.
  • For adding some crunchiness and flavor to the sauce make use of dill pickles or you can also use the Claussen pickles which are refrigerated. If you want it to be on a sweeter side then make use of sweet pickles or bread and butter.
  • For having the fresh, zesty flavor along with the fresh consistency for dipping dash it with the fresh lemon juice. Because to have the best tartar sauce recipe it’s essential.
  • There are some optional ingredients which can be added to it out of which one is capers. It is optional because it is not available every time in our refrigerator. But they do give the extra kick to our tartar sauce recipe when it is mixed with the lemon and the herbs.
  • One thing that’s a must in our tartar sauce recipe is dried or fresh dill. You can also use parsley if you don’t have it.
  • A small secretive ingredient you can add is Worcestershire sauce whose dash can really do wonders for the sauce. 
  • Dijon mustard is another ingredient which is optional and should be used when you have it at home.
  • If you are a health-conscious freak and want to avoid those calories then you can swipe the mayonnaise with plain yogurt, or light mayo.

Things you should remember while making the tartar sauce recipe

  • If the sauce gets too thick then add milk or cream to it so that you get the proper consistency.
  • You can skip the sweet relish pickle in the tartar sauce recipe if you don’t want the extra sweetness but remember to replace it with lemon juice instead. So that you get the tanginess in the sauce.

A small tip to remember for having the perfect tartar sauce recipe

After adding all the ingredients make sure to give the sauce a nice mix for a few minutes to have the delicious, creamy sauce. Also, make sure to refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes before using it because it’s essential to give it a nice rest so that it turns out well.

How many days does this tartar sauce recipe last?

You can store this yummylicious tartar sauce recipe for at least seven days in the fridge. But if you have an adequate number of members in your house or if you use it more frequently then make sure to make two batches of it so that you have it all through the week. 

What works best with the tartar sauce recipe

  • This sauce goes very well with baked salmon, roasted shrimps, baked fish sticks, fish and chips, popcorn chicken.
  • Crab cakes taste heavenly with this tartar sauce recipe.
  • Even you would be surprised to know that roasted vegetables taste too good with this sauce. Just try dipping the sweet potato fries, potato wedges with this sauce. And you would know what we were talking about.

Some of the best tartar sauce recipes just for you!

The extra-creamy and extra-delicious tartar sauce


Half cup mayonnaise probably home-made

3 tablespoons of dill pickle

Probably one and a half teaspoon lemon juice

Capers (optional) probably one tablespoon

Dried or fresh dill one tablespoon

Worcestershire sauce one and half teaspoon

Dijon Mustard (optional) probably one teaspoon

For flavors freshly grounded black pepper or salt.


  • In a bowl add pickles, lemon juice, dill, mayonnaise, mustard, Worcestershire sauce together. After adding them stir well till it turns creamy and is blended well.
  • Add freshly ground pepper and salt according to taste. First taste it and then make adjustments while adding extra lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  • Keep it for resting in a refrigerator for half an hour and then use it. You can also keep it for a longer period of time.
  • For preserving it add to an air-tight container and then use the extra-creamy and extra-delicious tartar sauce recipes.

Simple tartar sauce recipe from scratch:

Simple tartar sauce recipe
Simple tartar sauce recipe


Mayonnaise one cup

Sweet pickle relish one tablespoon

Minced onion one tablespoon

Lemon Juice (optional) two tablespoons

Freshly ground black pepper and salt


  • Add all ingredients including sweet pickle relish, minced onion, mayonnaise in a bowl. Then add lemon juice, black pepper, and salt according to taste.
  • Keep for at least one hour in the refrigerator and then use your simple tartar sauce recipe.

Tartar sauce recipe with white wine vinegar

Tartar sauce recipe with white wine vinegar
Tartar sauce recipe with white wine vinegar


Mayonnaise half cup

Diced pickles two tablespoons

White wine vinegar one tablespoon

Capers one tablespoon

Black pepper and Kosher salt

Mustard one teaspoon which is grained coarsely


In a food processor or blender add all the ingredients and blend well till the pickles are coarsely ground and the sauce comes together. But make sure the tartar sauce recipe is not over-mixed or pureed.

McDonald’s Tartar sauce recipe

McDonald’s Tartar sauce recipe
McDonald’s Tartar sauce recipe


Mayonnaise half cup

Dill pickle relish three and a half teaspoons

Capers one and a half teaspoon

Chopped onion two tablespoons

Dried Parsley half teaspoon

White sugar half teaspoon


  • In a blender add chopped onions, dried parsley, sugar, capers, dill pickle, and mayonnaise.
  • Blend well and then transfer it to a bowl and cover it with a clean film.

Tip- Make it two to three hours prior so that you can make it ahead of time.

Green tartar sauce recipe

Green tartar sauce recipe
Green tartar sauce recipe


Olive oil one fourth cup

Ground pepper half teaspoon

Lemon juice one teaspoon

Freshly chopped dill two teaspoons

Chopped parsley three teaspoons

Chopped chives three teaspoons

Mayonnaise three fourth cup

Chopped gherkins one fourth cup

Chopped capers three teaspoons

Chopped shallots one cup

Dijon mustard half teaspoon

Salt one teaspoon


  • Mix shallots, capers, mustard, lemon juice, parsley, mayonnaise, chives, parsley, dill, salt, and pepper in a blender along with olive oil.
  • Make it into a smooth sauce and store it in an airtight container for use.

This tartar sauce recipe is quite different from the other ones. But definitely worth trying.

Recipes that go head to toe with the best sauce recipe!

Fried fish fingers and tartar sauce:

Fried fish fingers and tartar sauce
Fried fish fingers and tartar sauce


1 pound of fish fillets

Oil for frying purpose

Corn flour one cup

Salt and pepper

All-purpose flour one cup

Beaten eggs two tablespoons mixed with milk

Parsley chopped for garnishing

Two lemons


  • Take the fillets and cut them horizontally into pieces of at least half inches. Add salt and pepper on it and season them well. 
  • Mix cornflour and all-purpose flour with salt and pepper. Now coat each piece of fish with the flour and dust them. 
  • Then coat it in egg wash and once again coat it in the flour. Repeat this process at least three times.
  • Heat oil in a heavy skillet or vessel and fry the respective pieces for at least three to four minutes. Keep on tissue paper so that the extra oil is removed.
  • Goes well with the tartar sauce recipe.

Fish and Chips with Tartar Sauce

Fish and Chips with Tartar Sauce
Fish and Chips with Tartar Sauce


Vegetable oil for frying

Baking powder one teaspoon

Freshly ground black pepper and salt


Flour two cups

Cod two pounds

Potatoes two pounds

Water 2 cups

Vinegar four teaspoons


  • To the flour add turmeric, salt, black pepper, baking powder, and vinegar together in a bowl. Mix in water and keep whisking till the proper consistency is achieved. 
  • Now add the fish in the dry flour which has been kept by the side and dip it into the batter. 
  • Add the fish in the pre-heated oil and then fry for at least 5 minutes till it turns golden brown.
  • On the other side peel and cut the potatoes into strips.
  • Fry the potato fries for 7-10 minutes until it is golden brown. Sprinkle it with salt and pepper.
  • Arrange the fish and chips side by side.
  • While serving, make the tartar sauce recipe to go side by side with it.

Fried shrimps with tartar sauce

Fried shrimps with tartar sauce
Fried shrimps with tartar sauce


Vegetable oil for frying

Beer half cup

Black pepper and Kosher salt

0ne pound shrimp with the tails (deveined and peeled)

White rice flour half cup


  • Keep the oil in a heavy-bottomed pan for deep-frying till it reaches the temperature of 375 degrees F.
  • Add rice flour and beer in a bowl and whisk till a smooth lump-free batter is formed. Sprinkle it with salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle the shrimps with salt. Hold it by its tail and dip in the batter so that it is covered properly.
  • Fry for at least one or two minutes till it is golden brown.
  • Prepare the tartar sauce recipe and serve it with the fried shrimps.

Crab cakes with Tartar Sauce:

Crab cakes with Tartar Sauce
Crab cakes with Tartar Sauce


Mayonnaise one cup

Chopped parsley two tablespoons

Old Bay seasoning 2 tablespoons

Fresh lemon juice two tablespoons

Dijon Mustard 2 tablespoons

Panko breadcrumbs one and a half cup

Oil for frying

Crabmeat two pounds


  • In a bowl add lemon juice, parsley, mayonnaise, Old Bay, mustard, and mix them well. Now add the parsley and combine. Then add the crab meat and mix it lightly so that it doesn’t get crushed. 
  • Create patties and keep them into the refrigerator while covering them for half an hour.
  • Keep the oven for preheating at 200 degrees F. 
  • Add oil in a skillet and wait till it’s hot.
  • Add the patties on the skillet and flip it after two minutes or till it turns light brown. Do the same with the other side.
  • Transfer them to the oven for keeping it warm so that it cooks well.
  • Use the tartar sauce recipe for making the sauce.
  • Now serve the crab cakes with the sauce and lemon wedges.

Baked popcorn chicken with tartar sauce:

Baked popcorn chicken with tartar sauce
Baked popcorn chicken with tartar sauce


Low-fat buttermilk

Chicken thigh or chicken breast one and one fourth pound

Sea salt one and a half teaspoon

Dried Thyme two teaspoons

Garlic powder two teaspoons

Black pepper one teaspoon

Onion powder two teaspoons

Corn flakes/ potato chips 4 cups

Olive oil

Cayenne powder half teaspoon (optional)


  • In a bowl add the chicken, dried thyme, cayenne powder, onion powder, garlic powder, sea salt, buttermilk, and black pepper powder. 
  • Mix it well and cover it overnight.
  • Drain the pieces and keep them aside.
  • For the breading take the corn flakes or chips in a zip pouch and crush it well until it turns into a coarse powder. 
  • To the breading add salt, pepper, cayenne, garlic powder, thyme, and onion powder to it.
  • Take the pieces and coat them well with the breading. Coat them well while covering all the sides.
  • Preheat the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line the baking tray or else line it with parchment paper.
  • Drizzle it with olive oil or cooking spray and bake it for at least 20 minutes.
  • Serve the hot tempting popcorns with the tartar sauce recipe.