Homemade Tartar Sauce

One would think that after working 6 years in a seafood restaurant where they served all you can eat fish and chips on Wednesdays that I would want to stay as far away as possible from tartar sauce. But despite the fact that I ate and on a few occasions, wore, my fair share of this delicious seafood dip, I still believe that no fish stick dinner is complete without it. There is just something about the creamy tangy sauce that goes so nicely with fish.¬† Sure there are many varieties that you can buy in the condiment aisle but since I was already making my own fish sticks I figured why not go for the whole shabang and make my own tartar sauce as well. And now that my taste buds have been awakened by the homemade version, I don’t plan on buying any anytime soon.

When you start experimenting more with cooking you begin to realize that many of the things that you buy pre-made are actually really easy to make on your own. Tartar sauce definitely fits into that category. In fact when I set out to make my own I realized that I already had all of the ingredients. All you need is a little mayo, capers, onion, dill pickle, sweet pickle relish, dijon mustard, parsley, salt and pepper and you are good to go.

Try with  oven baked fish sticks and crispy oven fries.

Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe

Makes 3/4 cup


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained
  • 1 tablespoon minced yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 2 teaspoons minced dill pickle
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley



Combine all ingredients together in a bowl. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.





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    January 19, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I always add some pickle juice into my tartar sauce, it adds a nice tangy flavor.

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    chocolate shavings
    October 6, 2009 at 5:06 am

    Homemade Tartar sauce is the best – yours looks delicious!

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    Kathy - Cooking On the Side
    October 5, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    I do love to indulge in tartar sauce with fried fish :-) Thanks for the recipe – I’m making my own next time!

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    October 5, 2009 at 4:56 am

    Who knew it was so easy? I’m never buying the store stuff again!

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    October 4, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    It sounds great with the capers in the recipe, it would taste delicious!

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    October 3, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    We make our own but I’ve never added capers. I’ll have to try that next time.

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    October 2, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    We always just mixed mayo and relish together for it. I guess I could try this, too, since it will be definitely a lot different. I’m not a fan of capers, though.

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    October 2, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    yumm!! I love tartar sauce too, I can’t believe how simple and easy it is make!