Recipes for Unique Types of Tartar Sauce

Fish and chips traditionally wrapped in white paper and newspaper.
Fish and chips traditionally wrapped in white paper and newspaper. | Source

Tatar Sauce and Its Disguises

Gherkins, sweet pickles, or bread and butter pickles have been found in three sauces for at least 60 years: tartar sauce, Thousand Island Dressing, and Big Mac Sauce. As a child, I did not like any of the three. Dill pickles and mustard was my limit.

I was 16 before I could stomach either ketchup or pizza sauce and always wondered why my father put ketchup on everything he ate -- It was too sweet for me. I never did find out what spaghetti sauce was until I was in college; or have a pizza that was not a plain Chef Boy-Ar-Dee out of the box with only sauce and grated cheese - those were strange.

During the first years of work and in college, sauces became a realty.

Chef Boy-Ar-Dee

I last saw one of these on the grocery store self around the early 1980s. It was not yet a frozen pizza, but a dough mix with sauce and grated cheese.
I last saw one of these on the grocery store self around the early 1980s. It was not yet a frozen pizza, but a dough mix with sauce and grated cheese. | Source
Chef Boyardee Pep Pizza Kit - 6 Unit Pack
Chef Boyardee Pep Pizza Kit - 6 Unit Pack

Still available, now with pepperoni!

 
The Big Mac in America.
The Big Mac in America. | Source

In the USA, the Mac originally had 810 calories, reduced to 550 now (2013). It was a patented sandwich and workers could not put ketchup on it, else void the patent. They could give you ketchup packets, or a souffle cup of tartar sauce, etc.

Easiest Recipe and Variations

For very fast tartar sauce, scoop out 1 cup of Mayonnaise into a bowl, add 4 tablespoons (more or less, to taste) of sweet pickle relish, and stir in 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Let it sit in the refrigerator under cover to meld flavors about an hour, if you have the time.

For a fast replica of Big Mac Sauce, add a little ketchup to the tartar sauce and mix it well. The real Mac Sauce has several ingredients you don't need if you're in a hurry.

My favorite variation for this fast and easy recipe is to add dill relish or any type of chutney instead of the sweet relish. Hot pickle relish is great, if you can find it, or chop up some hot pickles you find in the condiment department of your supermarket.

Another alternative is to use dill relish and lime juice instead of sweet relish and lemon juice.

ADDITIONAL INTERESTING AND UNIQUE TARTAR SAUCE RECIPES

CILANTRO-LIME TARTAR SAUCE: Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: A little over 1.5 Cups.

CILANTRO-LIME TARTAR SAUCE: Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup each Mayonnaise and Sour Cream, Regular or low fat (recipe for Mayo at end of this article)
  • 1/4 Cup Dill Pickles or Hot Pickles, chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Red Onions, diced
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • 2 TBSP Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 Medium-sized Fresh Jalepeno chili pepper, seeded and diced

Instructions

  1. Stir ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
  2. Taste and add salt and/or pepper if needed, to taste.
  3. Cover and place bowl in refrigerator for an hour to blend flavors.

Rate this sauce, please!

4.3 stars from 3 ratings of Cilantro-Lime Tartar Sauce

Avocado Tartar Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise (or 1/2 Cup Mayo and 1/2 Cup Sour Cream)
  • 1/8 tsp Ginger, grated
  • 1/3 Cup Sweet White Onion, chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • 2 TBSP Lemon Juice
  • 1 Medium-sized ripe Hass Avocado
  • 2 TBSP Dill Pickles, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste, if needed

Instructions

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, cover and refrigerate one hour or overnight.

Note: I sometimes leave out the pickles altogether, substitute lime juice fo rthe lemon juice, and have a different sort of guacamole at the end.

How To Make Your Own Mayonnaise

  1. In a food blender, place contents of one large egg and a tablespoon of Dijon mustard.
  2. Place the lid on the blender and remove the center section of the lid.
  3. Turn the blender on LOW and pour 1 Cup of vegetable oil slowly into the center opening of the lid. turn blender OFF.
  4. Add 4 tsp white vinegar. and PULSE blender until mixture is smooth and well mixed.
  5. Place mayo in a covered container and refrigerate.

Note: add salt and pepper, to taste, if you like.

Thousand Island Dressing

A quick 1000 Island Dressing contains 1 Cup Mayo, 1/4 Cup Ketchup, and 1/4 Cup Sweet Relish.

However, a fancier version of this dressing also includes:

  • 1 large hard-boiled egg, chopped fine
  • 1 tablespoon each of chopped black olives, green bell pepper, white onion, and fresh chives.

Mix it all together and place it into a covered bowl or salad dressing bottle and refrigerate.

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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

These sound good and I like the addition of different ingredients for a twist. My mother used to add some curry powder to her tartar sauce and that was always a hit too.


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

These are actually pretty fun to make, too. Of course, I would probably like Lime in almost anything.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

Voted Up! This is another article I could keep as a reference guide for those recipe variations. Avocada Tartar sounds very interesting. Thanks!


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

I hoipe you like them , MsDora! I'm going to have some for lunch :)


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Abby Campbell 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Mmmm... thank you for the different types of tartar sauce recipes, Patty. I'm looking forward to trying some out. The avocado one sounds terrific! :-)


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Rusticliving 3 years ago from California

Hi Patty! These look great! I am always looking for great sauces to add to my burgers, fish and other meats. The Cilantro-Lime Tartar Sauce looks soooo yummy! Thank you for sharing. Up & Shared!--♥


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for sharing these recipes around, Rusticliving - great for July 4th I think. :)


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Nothing like making your own! You've listed some great recipes to do just that for some things so simple no one would even think of them.

I must admit in a pinch I've made my own tartar sauce so I know how handy this hub is going to be.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

I am so glad you like these recipes, tilsontitan!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Yum, I love all these ideas! When I was a kid, my mom would make our tartar sauce with mayo (actually, I think it was Miracle Whip, which I don't use anymore), sweet pickle relish, and a dash of mustard. I think the lemon juice would make a more authentic tartar sauce.

I love the cilantro and lime recipe. A must try! I'm pinning these recipes, for sure!


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

Hi Victoria Lynn - The cilatro-lime sauce is also good as a type of salad dressing. I cut up a lot of celery and add a few sliced radishes, a few avocado chunks, then add a little of the clintro-lime tartar sauce. Tasty and crunchy!

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