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Classic Tartar Sauce

You'll never buy the jarred stuff again once you've tasted this super easy homemade tartar sauce! —Michelle Stromko, Darlington, Maryland
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
  • Makes
    1 cup


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


  • In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

Tartar Sauce Tips

Why is it called tartar sauce?

Tartar sauce originated in France as sauce tartare, named after the Tatars, who settled in the Ukraine and parts of Russia. The French, in producing this mayonnaise or aioli-based sauce, may have based the “tartar” moniker upon their own varied spelling of the Tatar name, which was “Tartare”.

Is there gluten in tartar sauce?

Tartar sauce is typically made of mayonnaise, chopped pickles or gherkins, and onions, capers, or fresh parsley. As such, it is gluten-free. For those who follow a gluten-free diet, always check the label to verify that the mayonnaise you are using is gluten-free.

What goes well with tartar sauce?

Tartar sauce traditionally pairs excellently with seafood, notably fish and fries. However, it can also be used as a condiment with fried chicken and even burgers. It is all a matter of personal taste!
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 93 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 167mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


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  • Teresa
    Jun 21, 2020

    My recipe is almost the same. I use dill relish, add little celery seed, , celery salt and dash of poppy seeds Pulse in ninja

  • CookingMomma71
    Jun 16, 2020

    I am very picky about my Tartar Sauce and this was the most amazing Tartar Sauce I have ever tasted. I will be making this to have with every kind of fish I have. I kept saying to my husband that I wanted to eat it by itself.

  • sewinnumbers
    Apr 12, 2020

    I added 1 cup mayonnaise 1Teaspoon dill,2/3 cup of dill pickles,2 tlb of onion .I put all the ingredients into the food processor pulsed it for about 30 turned out great,it could be used as a dip

  • Amy
    Jun 17, 2019

    Horseradish and finely chopped capers. I also use dill relish.

  • Kelly
    May 19, 2019

    I too will never buy store-bought again! What's my Kik I added horseradish

  • Donna
    Jun 8, 2018

    I'm not a tartar sauce person, and that's because I never made this recipe before. This recipe is seriously very, very good with the perfect amount of creaminess and bite. I finely chopped a few pickles from a jar (not relish) and added the juice of an actual lemon (not from a bottle) and it was the STAR of a very boring fish and chips meal on a busy weeknight. If you are in a rush, while your fish and chips are in the oven, just make this simple recipe and put the wow factor on for your family on a kid favorite, but with an adult send-off.

  • Patricia
    May 23, 2018

    Absolutely simple and Perfect! I used dill relish and it worked Great!

  • frenan
    May 12, 2018

    My recipe is basically the same except I use dill relish and the addition of a quick squirt of yellow mustard.

  • Robby1
    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
    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!