How to Make Homemade Tartar Sauce – 5 Ways! by Donna John

2 years ago
How to Make Homemade Tartar Sauce – 5 Ways!

Why buy jarred tartar sauce when homemade takes about five minutes to make? Classic tartar sauce can be made with dill or sweet pickles, depending on your tastes. If classic is just too … well, classic … for you, try the easy variations. Your seafood or french fries will thank you. For classic tartar sauce you’ll need:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise (get contributor Chef Gigi's recipe for homemade mayo here)
  • 6 tablespoons dill or sweet pickle relish or freshly chopped dill pickles or sweet pickles
  • 3 tablespoons minced onion (or more to taste)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Here’s how you make it:

  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


  • Dill Tartar Sauce – add 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill and 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Tartar Sauce With Capers – add 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 2 teaspoons capers
  • Jalapeno Tartar Sauce – omit pickle relish and add 2 tablespoons lime juice, 2 tablespoons finely chopped jalapeno and 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Tabasco Tartar Sauce – add 2 teaspoons capers, 1-2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce and 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard

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