This homemade Tartar Sauce recipe is creamy, fresh, and elevates any seafood dish! It only takes 5 minutes to make, and tastes so much better than store-bought!

Looking for seafood recipes? Try my Fish and Chips, Easy Homemade Crab Cakes, Shrimp Alfredo, or Seared Scallops!

Homemade tartar sauce in a bowl next to a lemon and some fish and chips.

Why I love this recipe:

  • Homemade – No preservatives, corn syrup, or anything funny in here. Just fresh, basic ingredients that taste better than any store-bought version!
  • Fresh – The fresh diced pickles, lemon, and garlic make this tartar sauce taste so light and refreshing!
  • Quick – Uses pantry ingredients and only 5 minutes to whip this up!

Tartar Sauce Ingredients:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Greek Yogurt or Sour Cream
  • Capers – Capers
  • Dill Pickles
  • Seasonings: Dried Dill Weed, Dijon Mustard, Worcestershire Sauce, Garlic, Lemon Juice, Horseradish (optional for a little kick), salt, and pepper.
The ingredients for fish and chips, added to a bowl.

How to make Tartar Sauce:

Mix All Ingredients – Combine all ingredients in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Tartar sauce mixed together in a bowl.

Serve with fish and chips, crab cakes or salmon!

Make Ahead and Freezing Instructions:

To Make Ahead: This easy tartar sauce recipe is great to make ahead of time. Just store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

To Freeze: Because of the mayonnaise, I don’t recommend freezing it. Or, you could mix everything together, without the mayo and freeze in a freezer safe container or bag. Let thaw completely, then stir in the mayonnaise.

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Recipe

Homemade tartar sauce in a bowl next to a lemon and some fish and chips.
Prep 5 mins
Total 5 mins
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Ingredients
 
 

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 Tablespoon capers , drained and coarsely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon dill pickles , finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill weed
  • ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 small garlic clove , minced
  • 1/2 of a small lemon , juiced
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish , optional, for a kick
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, Season with sat and pepper, to taste.
  • Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

Make Ahead Instructions: This homemade tartar sauce is easy to make ahead of time. Just store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Freezing Instructions: Because of the mayonnaise, this isn’t recommended to freeze. If you need to freeze it, mix it together without the mayonnaise and freeze in a freezer safe container or bag. Let thaw completely, then stir in the mayonnaise.

Nutrition

Calories: 30kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 142mgPotassium: 29mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 19IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this tartar sauce to go along with the fish and chips recipe from the site. Both turned out great!