Classic Tartar Sauce Recipe
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Classic Tartar Sauce Recipe

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You'll never buy tartar sauce again once you've tasted this super easy recipe! —Michelle Stromko, Darlington, Maryland
Featured In: Fish Fry Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2/3 cup chopped dill pickles
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • Dash pepper

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 104 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 228mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Yield: 1 cup.
Originally published as Classic Tartar Sauce in Simple & Delicious June/July 2012, p8

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Robby1 User ID: 1478802 256155
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2016

"I too will never buy tartar sauce again. Can't beat this, it is excellent! I made it with the dill pickles, next time I will use relish just to see the difference. This is definitely a keeper and so fast and easy! I also added some lemon juice as suggested."

vstern User ID: 4035754 223353
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2015

"Made this tonight and loved it! Made it as recipe says except omitted pepper as I do not like it. Have made my own tartar sauce in the past using a different recipe, but my husband likes this one better! Will definitely make again!"

menicki User ID: 87508 221750
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"I have been making this for several years, the only difference is, I use sweet pickle relish, we like it better than with the dill pickle."

AbbieandBanditsMom User ID: 4691374 115553
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2014

"I have been making my own tarter sauce for 30 plus years. I only use dill pickle or relish. I use Valencia sweet onion or green onion in a pinch. The final ingredient is a Tbs of lemon juice. It is scrumptious with any fish."

JoyceMP User ID: 3557079 198708
Reviewed May. 29, 2014

"I like to grate the onion over the bowl you will be using. That way you get the juices too. The flavor of the onion goes through out the sauce."

hotfudgesundae User ID: 3463962 213077
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2014

"Super easy and made with everything I already had on hand. Great with crispy walleye fillets. Definitely a keeper!"

arabianhorsefan User ID: 3401042 181462
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2013

"So fast and easy! And tastes great! I used dill relish and dried minced onion because that's what I had on hand but still worked fine!"

rhonda1 User ID: 1537009 151869
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2013

"This is the first time I have ever made homemade tarter sauce and it was a big hit. Me and my husband both loved it! It way better than what you get in the jars!!!"

rachellestratton User ID: 2983875 197641
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2013

"I did not have dill pickles and ended up using sweet pickles. I also doubled the recipe because we love tartar sauce with salmon cakes."

Master Cook 199 User ID: 4812268 115552
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2013

"What goes around comes around. This is the exact recipe that's been used by my family since the Forties, my mother showed me how to make this sauce, and the only recipe I've ever used on any kind of fish when using tarter sauce."

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