Homemade Tartar Sauce

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 equal however. It’s really hit or miss out there in the prepared tartar sauce world. So, I’ve made my own. 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.)

Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about a cup and a half of tartar sauce.


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup chopped dill pickles
  • 1 teaspoon capers, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chopped shallots
  • 2 Tbsp 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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  • Melanie

    Your recipe is probably much tastier than mine. But mine is easy, and I always have the ingredients on hand. I mix up mayonnaise, some dill pickle relish, a little lemon juice, a little garlic powder, and some Old Bay seasoning. My husband won’t have it any other way now!

  • Strawberry CAKE

    Elise…I love me some tartar sauce too! My ratio is 2 parts sauce 1 part fish. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I am tucking this one away for our next fish fry.

  • Lisa

    Why would anyone buy that stuff in a jar when it’s so easy, and so tasty, to make at home? Thanks for this recipe, I will try it soon. My usual calls for mayo, sweet pickle relish, dried onion, Dijon mustard and chopped parsley.

  • Laura @ SweetSavoryPlanet

    I have never been a huge fan of mayo unless it is called tartar sauce. Growing up, seafood didn’t come without tartar sauce unless it was maybe raw oysters (I know, yuk). It is amazing how many different ways you can make tartar sauce and I seem to love them all.

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