How To Make The Best Tartar Sauce

Whenever I hear the word “Tartar,” it makes me think of the cavities that are found on your teeth, but Tartar Sauce is something that you would be fond of compared to those that are pestering our teeth. 

This condiment is made of mayonnaise with other ingredients added. There are many recipes of tartar sauce, and they differ from countries and to what certain dishes they would be used for. Some add capers, lemon juice and dill to the mayonnaise. It is always best served with fish and other types of seafood.

What are Tartar Sauce Ingredients?

There are many versions of Tartar Sauce, and they may come with different kinds of ingredients. As for a simple one, the things you need are mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, minced onion, lemon juice(optional), and salt and pepper to taste.

Versions of Tartar Sauce

It may be only a sauce, but we do know that sometimes they are the life of a simple dull, boring dish. They also add flavor to those dishes too. Here are many versions of Tartar Sauce that you can choose from.

Vegan Tartar Sauce

If you are a vegetarian, there is no problem if you want a tartar sauce that you won’t have guilty feeling eating. Just replace regular mayonnaise with a plant-based one, some are soy-based. Add the other ingredients for the sauce, and you already have your vegetarian version of it.

Keto Tartar Sauce

For those who are watching their carbs intake, then this version is totally good for your diet. You need to make your mayonnaise with egg yolk, DIjon mustard, avocado oil or light olive oil then add lemon juice or vinegar. Once you’re done with your mayonnaise mixture, you may add your dills, pickles, and of course, your low-carb salt, I recommend Himalayan and pepper to taste.


The word “Tartar” was derived from a Turkish ethnic group of people named Tatars, who lived in Tatarstan and the Volga-Ural region. When Turkish khanates invaded Europe in the 13th century, that’s the time that this sauce was to be introduced.  Another version was that it was also from a French ethnic group who were said to be ancient and called it Tartare. 

Remedies for a failed Tartar Sauce

It may seem easy to make, but sometimes if we are not too careful in making this sauce, anything could go wrong, and the outcome may affect how bad both the sauce and the dish partnered with it may taste.

If too sour or tangy – add a little sugar to counteract it, or you can add more sweet pickle relish to do the trick.

If the sauce is too thin – add more mayonnaise and lessen the oil and lemon juice.

If the sauce is too thick add more lemon juice or oil into your mayonnaise to even the thickness of the sauce.

Best Tips in Making Tartar Sauce

There may be many versions of this sauce, but the best way to make it is not to overmix ingredients. Do not substitute sweet relishes and dill; your Tartar sauce won’t be a Tartar Sauce without them. 

Best Served With

Sauces and condiments are best known to turn any simple dish into a fantastic tasty one. Here are some dishes that will not just be lively but delicious too once partnered with Tartar Sauce.

  1. Fish Fillet – well, since some fish fillets do not have any flavor or sometimes taste bland, the best way to enjoy them is with tartar sauce. You would enjoy the crispy taste of the fillet when dipped in it.
  2. French Fries – yes, instead of the usual ketchup, I prefer it with Tartar Sauce. It makes a perfect dip for those crispy fries that we love.
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Best Tartar Sauce Recipe

Course Appetizer
Keyword Appetizer Recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 387kcal
Cost $5-10


  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Sweet pickle relish
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, and sweet pickle relish, Stir in lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.


Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 386mg | Potassium: 11mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 82IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg

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