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Easy Homemade Tartar Sauce

Updated on August 12, 2012

Wanting to prepare a lovely fish dinner for your family only to find that you are out of tartar sauce can be quite disappointing. Here is an extremely basic and easy way to make your own tartar sauce at home. For those of you who like a little “flair” to your sauce, I have also provided a list of additional ingredient options.

You will need:

1 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing

2 Tbsp. dill relish (sweet relish if you prefer)

Mix together and enjoy! It doesn’t get much easier than that.

Possible “add in” ingredients:

Salt & Pepper to taste

Lemon pepper seasoning

Dash of lemon juice

Finely chopped onions

Finely chopped celery

Crushed garlic

Experiment and have fun. You may find that you enjoy the taste of homemade tartar sauce better than store bought.

Another benefit to making your own is that you can choose which mayo to use. Olive oil based, low or non fat, each mayo gives your sauce a different flavor.

Traditional tartar uses dill relish, while you may prefer sweet.

The kitchen is your playground! Who knows, your newly found love for making tartar sauce could turn into wonderful homemade gift ideas; or you could be the talk of potluck socials!

For additional sauces read: Easy homemade tartar sauce


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      Tony G. 

      4 years ago

      I like to make my own, because I don't like the store bought stuff. I've been making my own for about 25 years, and just came up with the ingredients based on flavors I could taste in the tarter sauce I liked from a local restaurant.

      I use about 3/4 cup of homestyle mayo

      1 and 1/2 tbsp of sweet pickle relish

      half of a medium onion diced fine

      about 1/2 tsp of paprika (more if you like).

      I don't really measure any of these things, just make it by sight and it always tastes the same.

    • Mom Kat profile imageAUTHOR

      Mom Kat 

      5 years ago from USA

      That is so funny :) Thanks for sharing that story with me. I'm glad they liked it!

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      Becky Katz 

      5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      I used to do this all the time. Now I can't even get them to eat fish. I found the recipe in my checkered cookbook after the food was almost cooked and that is when I discovered no tartar sauce. The family flipped over it and I had to keep making it.


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