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.
How to Make Tartar Sauce
This tartar sauce recipe is made in 2 steps and in only 10 minutes!
Mix together all ingredients.
Serve immediately or chill 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:
- Fish and chips and most other fried seafoods
- Fresh Salmon Croquettes
- Salmon Burgers with tartar sauce instead of tzatziki
- Grilled Shrimp or shrimp cocktail
- A dip for French fries
- Chicken tenders or Garlic Parmesan Wings
- Raw veggies like carrots sticks and celery
- Roasted Veggies like Broiled Asparagus
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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.
Tartar sauce is best enjoyed within a week. Store in the fridge, covered, until ready to enjoy!
I don’t recommend freezing tartar sauce; unfortunately mayo does not freeze well.
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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- 1 cup real mayonnaise
- ⅓ 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!