Extra creamy and delicious tartar sauce. Way better than store bought, and better for you too. This easy tartar sauce is simple to make, with ingredients you likely already have, and will elevate any seafood dish.
Serve with Crispy Beer Battered Fish, Air Fryer Fries and Coleslaw for a great meal.
Homemade tartar sauce is just so much better than store bought there is really no comparison. And the beautiful thing is, it is easy to make too. You basically just put all the ingredients in a bowl and stir. So it doesn’t get much simpler.
I have tried any number of store bought options, and they just do not compare. So, if you are looking for the perfect pairing for your seafood, and don’t want to settle, this tartar sauce recipe is for you.
- Packed with flavor.
- Creamy and delicious.
- Elevates seafood dishes.
- Just as convenient as jarred, because it comes together fast and keeps well.
- Bright, bold flavor, and the perfect creamy texture.
This delightful homemade tartar sauce is worth the minimal effort.
What is Tartar Sauce?
If you have never had tartar sauce before then this is definitely the place to start. It is a creamy sauce used typically on fried (or oven fried) seafood like Crispy Oven Baked Shrimp, Oven Fried Fish, Crispy Beer Battered Fish, crab cakes, etc.
It is usually a mayo based sauce, with pickled, dill, onion, and some other great flavors. It is a little sweet, a little tart, and totally creamy delicious. It is the kind of condiment you don’t want to eat fried fish without.
And, since you can whip this sauce up at home in under 5 minutes, there is no reason not to enjoy it on the regular. Did I mention it stores well in the fridge for a week or two if you keep it in an airtight container? So make it once and enjoy it over and over.
What You Need to Make Tartar Sauce
Everything you need to make tartar sauce is a basic ingredient that you likely have, or can find at any local grocery store. It is the combo of these ingredients that make it super special. So here is what you need:
- Mayonnaise: I love to use homemade mayo, but I can be extra, so use your favorite brand.
- Dill pickle relish, or finely chopped dill pickles. Again, the higher quality the better. Chose your favorite relish.
- Fresh dill: It adds so much flavor. You can use dried, but fresh is best!
- Lemon juice: Again, fresh is best.
- Granulated sugar:
- Dijon mustard: Pick your favorite brand, you want the best one.
- Black pepper:
- Minced onion: mince it finely, as this is a dip, and you do not want a big bite of onion.
How to Make Tartar Sauce
Intro of how to make recipe and description of broad overview
Step One: Combine All Ingredients!
This is really the only step in making tartar sauce. You literally just put everything in a mixing bowl and mix it together. I like to use a whisk to whisk everything together then add the relish and onion and stir. It makes it even creamier.
How Long Will Homemade Tartar Sauce Last?
The next step is to simply put the tartar sauce in the fridge in an airtight container. I say 5 days, but it can last as long as a week when stored in the fridge.
We love making a double batch so we can enjoy it throughout the week.
This recipe is so perfect for dipping seafood into, and I love pairing it with:
Tips and Tricks
Making this recipe is Eazy Peazy, like seriously easy, but here are a few tips that help ensure the best possible outcome:
- High Quality Ingredients: Because this is a simple recipe, and nothing is cooked in it, you want to use the best quality ingredients you can come up with. The base is mayo, so you want a quality mayo. I recommend Blue Plate Real Mayonnaise or Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise, or make it yourself.
- Strain the Relish: In order to avoid your tartar sauce being too runny, you want to strain the dill relish well. Otherwise it can make your tartar sauce thinner than you want.
- Lemon Juice: You want fresh lemon juice. It adds a tart, freshness to the sauce, and it is just SO MUCH BETTER when it is fresh squeezed.
Make Ahead and Storage
The beautiful thing about this recipe, is it is better when it is made ahead. So simply, mix everything together, and let it refrigerate for at least 30 minutes in the fridge before using it.
It is something that should be stored in the fridge, not the freezer. if you freeze it, it will likely separate.
How to Store Leftovers
Once you have made your tartar sauce, place it in an airtight container. Store the tartar sauce in your fridge for about a week!
Other Great Recipes:
- How to Make Mayonnaise
- Homemade Ketchup
- Homemade Teriyaki Sauce
- Easy Cranberry BBQ Sauce
- Taco Seasoning
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- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup dill pickle relish or 3/4 cup finely chopped dill pickles
- 1 Tablespoon fresh dill finely chopped (or 1 tsp dried)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice fresh
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon minced onion
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir well.
- Store in airtight container in fridge for up to 5 days.
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
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