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Homemade Tartar Sauce

Homemade Tartar Sauce

Homemade tartar sauce with mayonnaise, dill pickles, capers, and more. It's quick, easy to make, and much better than anything you can buy in a jar! Serve it with fish or crab cakes.

Photography Credit:Elise Bauer

Confession time. I am a lover of tartar sauce.

I think the seafood eating world is divided into two camps: those who enjoy tartar sauce with their fish, and those who will have nothing to do with it. I am happily in the first camp and love nothing better than a fish fillet served with a slice of lemon, some tartar sauce and, of course, coleslaw.

Not all bottled tartar sauces are created equally, however. It’s really hit or miss out there in the prepared tartar sauce world. So, I’ve made my own homemade tartar sauce.

And you know what? It’s good! Really! (Assuming you like tartar sauce to begin with. Otherwise, move along, this one’s not for you.)

What are the ingredients in tartar sauce?

This tartar sauce starts with a base of mayonnaise. To that we mix in chopped dill pickles and capers, Dijon mustard, chopped shallots and scallions, Tabasco hot sauce and lemon juice.

That’s it! It’s the easiest thing ever to put together and your own freshly made tartar sauce will always taste a million times better than anything you can buy packaged at the store.

How to Make Tartar Sauce

Tartar sauce couldn’t be easier to make. You just put all the ingredients into a bowl, stir them together and voilà! You are good to go.

How Long Does Tartar Sauce Keep?

To store tartar sauce, keep it covered and chilled in the refrigerator. It should easily last a week or longer.


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Updated September 10, 2019 : We spiffed up this post to make it sparkle! No changes to the original recipe.

Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup chopped dill pickles
  • 1 teaspoon capers, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chopped shallots
  • 2 tablespoons chopped scallions
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 6 drops Tabasco sauce, or more to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.

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