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    Homemade Tartar Sauce

    This easy Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe is just what you need in your condiment repertoire. In just about 5 minutes, you’ll have a dipping sauce that’s so much better than store bought.

    It’s creamy, tangy, fresh, and the perfect accompaniment to your fried seafood and more!

    This easy Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe is just what you need in your condiment repertoire. It's a must with fried seafood.

    Some things just demand a good sauce, and for many tartar sauce is a top contender.

    Use it as a dip for Fried Green Tomatoes or Salmon Patties, slather it on a Shrimp po’ Boy, and it’s a must next to Fried Catfish.

    What is Tartar Sauce

    Tartar sauce is more than just a condiment, it’s a flavor celebration that brings seafood dishes to life.

    It combines the creaminess of mayonnaise with the tangy crunch of dill pickles and the fresh zest of lemon juice. Some variations also include capers, onions, Worcestershire sauce or mustard.

    Although now it is most commonly associated with fried seafood, it gets its name from the French dish Steak Tartare, with which the sauce was commonly served in the 19th century.

    While store-bought options are available, nothing compares to our homemade version. Your seafood platter will thank you!

    This easy Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe is just what you need in your condiment repertoire. It's a must with fried seafood.

    Ingredient Notes

    • Mayonnaise – Provides a rich and creamy base. Our favorite is Duke’s, but you can use any high quality mayo you prefer.
    • Dill Pickles – Adds that tangy crunch that’s essential to any great tartar sauce.
    • Lemon Juice – Only fresh squeezed, please.
    • Fresh Dill – We love fresh here. If you’re in a pinch and don’t have any on hand, replace with 1 teaspoon of dried dill.
    • Salt, pepper, and sugar – To taste, if necessary. It depends on your palate, and your mayo.
    tartar sauce ingredients in a bowl

    Easy Tartar Sauce Recipe

    Mix everything in a bowl. Taste and adjust… Easy, huh?

    tartar sauce mixed in a bowl

    What to Serve with Tartar Sauce

    Tartar sauce is a nice dipping sauce to add to a crudité platter, as well as some cooked veggies like Roasted Broccoli, Roasted Asparagus or Steak Fries.

    We also like to substitute it in for regular mayo for sandwiches, wraps and burgers for a little extra zing. It’s yum on our Salmon Burgers.

    And, of course, it’s pretty much a must for any kind of fried seafood.

    platter of fried catfish

    Storing Leftovers

    Leftover tartar sauce can be refrigerated for about a week. Make sure to keep it in an airtight container, or cover the bowl tightly with cling wrap. Give it a good stir before using.

    More Homemade Condiments

    This easy Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe is just what you need in your condiment repertoire. It's a must with fried seafood.

    The next time you’re frying up some seafood, or just want a yummy dipping sauce, whip up our easy homemade tartar sauce recipe. Trust me, it blows that jarred stuff out of the water!

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    Homemade Tartar Sauce

    Yield: about 1 cup
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Total Time: 5 minutes

    This easy Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe is just what you need in your condiment repertoire. In just about 5 minutes, you’ll have a dipping sauce that’s so much better than store bought.

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup mayonnaise
    • 1/4 cup dill pickles, finely chopped
    • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 Tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped
    • salt, to taste
    • pepper, to taste
    • sugar, to taste

    Instructions

    1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
    2. Taste and adjust.
    Nutrition Information
    Yield 16 Serving Size 1 Tbsp
    Amount Per Serving Calories 95Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 6mgSodium 143mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g

    Nutrition information calculated by Nutritionix.

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