Tartar Sauce Recipe “Zesty Seafood Companion”

Tartar Sauce Recipe
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Whisk up a quick and creamy tartar sauce with tangy relish, mayo, and onion. A splash of lemon juice and seasoning bring zesty balance. Chill, then enjoy with fries or seafood for a flavorful boost!

In the bustling kitchen of a seaside tavern, where the salty breeze whispers tales of distant shores and the sound of seagulls echoes in the air, there exists a culinary gem that elevates every seafood feast—the Tartar Sauce. 

Picture yourself stepping into this vibrant scene, where the clatter of pots and pans mingles with the laughter of patrons and the sizzle of fresh catch being cooked to perfection. Here, amidst the flickering candlelight and the warmth of camaraderie, the Tartar Sauce emerges as a beloved companion, ready to adorn plates of Crispy Fish Sandwichs and Chicken Tinga Cheese Fries with its creamy, tangy goodness. 

With each dollop, it adds a burst of flavor—a symphony of pickles, capers, and zesty lemon that dances on the palate and brings dishes to life. It’s not just a condiment; it’s a culinary treasure—a savory delight that transforms every bite into an unforgettable culinary voyage. Welcome to the enchanting world of Tartar Sauce, where every taste is an adventure waiting to be savored.

What Is Tartar Sauce?

You are in for a tasty treat if tartar sauce is new. Fried seafood, especially that with a crispy exterior, is the perfect vehicle for tartar sauce. For example, fish sticks or crab cakes! Mayonnaise is what most people think it is. The sauce starts with mayo, but it has a lot of other components that give it a slightly sour flavor with a sweet finish.

Although tartar sauce is a common addition on restaurant menus, you don’t need to dine out just to enjoy this tasty dip! This takes less than 5 minutes to mix up at home. Keep it in the fridge and use it all week to make seafood dishes! 

Reasons I Love This Recipe!

  • Created at home – Nothing strange, like corn syrup or preservatives, is in here. Using only simple, fresh ingredients, this recipe outshines store-bought alternatives.
  • Light and delicious, this tartar sauce is made with chopped fresh pickles, lemon, and garlic.
  • Easy — Using common household items, this takes about five minutes to prepare!

Overview: How To Make Tartar Sauce?

Tartar Sauce Recipe

This timeless homemade tartar sauce recipe is quick, easy, and creamy with a tangy zip. Simply mix mayonnaise, tart relish, and finely chopped onion in a small bowl to make a flavorful sauce that will elevate any seafood dish in minutes. 

To allow the flavors to mingle, add a splash of fresh lemon juice for balance, season with salt and pepper, mix thoroughly, cover the bowl, and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving. 

This handmade tartar sauce delivers a burst of zesty flavor when its ingredients meld during refrigeration. Paired with fries, fish, or any seafood, the sauce is sure to enhance your culinary experience. I once tried it with Cream Dory Fish which was a delightful experience.

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Tartar Sauce Recipe

Sensational Tartar Sauce Recipe

Whisk up a quick and creamy tartar sauce with tangy relish, mayo, and onion. A splash of lemon juice and seasoning bring zesty balance. Chill, then enjoy with fries or seafood for a flavorful boost!
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Course: Dips and Sauces
Cuisine: American, international
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Calories: 268kcal
Author: Austin Carter
Servings: 6


  • Small Bowl
  • Spoon for mixing
  • Cover for bowl (such as plastic wrap)


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp minced onion
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp sweet pickle relish
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice


  • Mix Ingredients: In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, relish, and finely chopped onion.
  • Add Lemon Juice: Stir in fresh lemon juice for a tangy twist.
  • Season: Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cover and Refrigerate: Cover the bowl and refrigerate the tartar sauce for at least 1 hour before serving.
  • Serve: Once chilled, serve the tartar sauce alongside your favorite seafood dishes or snacks.


Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Fat: 29g
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Recipe Variations and Substitutions!

Making variations in the recipe is something I am always fascinated about unless and until it comes with a completely different taste. Even for this recipe we can make some common modifications or customize it which will not affect its taste very much but can bring the taste of your preference. Here are some fantastic ideas to jazz up your tartar sauce:

  • Turn Up the Heat: Feeling like something spicy? If you want it spicy, add a little cayenne pepper or hot sauce.
  • Indulge in Herb-Infused Delights: Feeling fancy? To add a burst of flavor, chop some fresh herbs such as chives, parsley, or dill and stir them in.
  • Desired Texture: Looking for something with a silkier finish? For a velvety mayonnaise, whip in a splash of sour cream or Greek yogurt with the mayo.
  • Change Up the Citrus: In the mood for something new? To change the sour taste, try lime juice or white wine vinegar instead of lemon juice.
  • Got a sweet tooth? Try balancing sweet and sour flavors. For the ideal harmony of sweet and sour, play around with the quantity of sweet pickle relish.
  • Fun with Onions: Try using green or red onions instead of the traditional white variety to change up the flavor profile.
  • Delicious Garlic: Are you a garlic fan? For that seductive garlic flavor, mince a clove and add it.
  • Mustard Magic: Looking for something more substantial? For added depth, stir in the Dijon mustard.

If you want to make your Tartar Sauce unique, feel free to combine some of these ideas.

 What to Serve with Tartar Sauce?

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Storing for Further Use!

  1. How to Keep Tartar Sauce Cold:
  • Place the tartar sauce in a container that can be sealed tightly with a lid.
  • After sealing, put the container in the fridge.
  • In most cases, tartar sauce has a one-week shelf life in the fridge.
  • Just before you use it, give the sauce a little toss to make sure everything is mixed.
  1. Tartar Sauce for Freezing:
  • Put the tartar sauce in a freezer-safe jar or plastic bag.
  • Thoroughly press out any surplus air before securing the bag or container.
  • Write the “freeze by” date on the container or bag.
  • Boil the bag or container for a few minutes.
  • You have three months to enjoy tartar sauce from frozen.
  • Put the sauce in the fridge to thaw the night before you plan to use it.
  • After defrosting, whisk the sauce well to bring back any ingredients that may have separated.
  • Mayonnaise made with raw eggs might not freeze properly, therefore it’s best to avoid making tartar sauce with it. It is recommended that you avoid freezing homemade tartar sauce produced with raw egg mayonnaise and enjoy it fresh.
  • The flavor and freshness of your tartar sauce will last longer if you follow these easy steps.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Is lemon juice necessary?

A: Lemon juice adds a tangy flavor to the tartar sauce but is optional. You can omit it if you prefer or substitute it with vinegar.

Q: Can I adjust the seasoning to my taste?

A: Yes, feel free to adjust the amount of salt, pepper, and lemon juice to suit your personal preference.

Q: Can I skip the minced onion?

A: If you’re not a fan of onion, you can omit it from the recipe or use onion powder as a milder alternative.

Q: Can I use low-fat or light mayonnaise instead of regular mayonnaise?

A: Yes, you can substitute low-fat or light mayonnaise if you prefer a lighter option, but keep in mind that it may affect the texture and flavor slightly.

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