How to Make Tartar Sauce (in 10 Minutes!)

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Homemade tartar sauce is a million times more delicious than store-bought, and this recipe only takes 10 minutes to make!

Tartar sauce is the perfect condiment for your favorite seafood dishes like crispy Salmon Croquettes, or even veggies or chicken. While store-bought sauce is readily available, learning how to make your own is hard to resist because all you need is 10 minutes for the best tartar sauce ever!

This recipe is husband approved. He may have eaten an entire batch in one sitting…

Tartar Sauce Ingredients

  • Real mayonnaise – mayo is the creamy base for tartar sauce.
  • Dill or sweet relish – add in good quality relish for that signature briny, tangy touch. I like dill relish, but you can also use sweet relish.
  • Sweet onion – sweet onion adds a touch of sweetness and crunch.
  • Italian parsley – Italian parsley adds brightness. You can also use fresh dill or tarragon.
  • Fresh lemon juice – a splash of freshly squeezed lemon juice adds freshness.
  • Ground mustard – ground mustard adds a subtle, complementary tanginess.
Homemade tartar sauce ingredients

How to Make Tartar Sauce

This tartar sauce recipe is made in 2 steps and in only 10 minutes!

  1. Stir.

    Mix together all ingredients.

  2. Serve.

    Serve immediately or chill until ready to serve.
    Serve tartar sauce right away or chill it until ready to serve.

What to Serve With Tartar Sauce

Tartar sauce is a classic condiment that pairs well with various dishes, especially seafood! Here are my favorite pairings:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is tartar sauce?

Tartar sauce is a creamy, tangy condiment most often served with seafood, especially fried seafood. It is typically made with mayo, relish or pickles, lemon juice, and herbs.

How long does homemade tartar sauce last?

Tartar sauce is best enjoyed within a week. Store in the fridge, covered, until ready to enjoy!

Can you freeze homemade tartar sauce?

I don’t recommend freezing tartar sauce; unfortunately mayo does not freeze well.

What are some additions that you can add to tartar sauce?

Change up this classic tartar sauce by capers, olives, horseradish, garlic, smoked paprika, or a splash of hot sauce or Worcestershire sauce.

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How to Make Tartar Sauce (in 10 Minutes!)

Homemade tartar sauce is a million times more delicious than store-bought, and this recipe only takes 10 minutes to make!
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Sauce & Dips
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: summer
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 202kcal
Author: Tastefully Grace


  • 1 cup real mayonnaise
  • cup dill or sweet relish I personally prefer dill
  • ¼ cup sweet onion finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Italian parsley finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a bowl, mix together all ingredients (mayo, relish, sweet onion, parsley, lemon juice, ground mustard, and salt and pepper).
  • Serve right away or chill until ready to serve.



  • You can use fresh dill or tarragon instead of parsley if preferred!
  • Yes, you can halve or double the recipe!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 290mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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  1. Ricky
    June 26, 2023 / 5:02 pm

    5 stars
    Tartar sauce has never tasted THIS GOOD. I never thought to use nonsweet dill relish. It gives the tartar sauce such a delish savory flavor. Thank you!

    • June 27, 2023 / 8:54 am

      Love the dill relish idea too, Ricky! Thanks for sharing 🙂


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