Homemade Tartar Sauce

This Tartar Sauce Recipe is beyond easy and not to mention delicious. With just a few ingredients you can make your own and you’ll never buy the pre-made stuff again!

 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.

Honey mustard? Excellent and easy to make at home. Aioli? Easy to make and change up flavors to suit your tastes! Tartar sauce is another one of those things that once you start making at home, you’ll never want to buy it again.

This Tartar Sauce Recipe is beyond easy and not to mention delicious. With just a few ingredients you can make your own and you'll never buy the pre-made stuff again! 

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.

And neither do my kiddos.

This Tartar Sauce Recipe is beyond easy and not to mention delicious. With just a few ingredients you can make your own and you'll never buy the pre-made stuff again! 

What ingredients do you need for a homemade tartar sauce recipe?

When it comes to making your own condiments, you’d be surprised at how many of the ingredients are actually staples in your kitchen. Making homemade BBQ sauce? It’s mostly ketchup, brown sugar and a few seasonings. Homemade cocktail sauce? Ketchup, Worcestershire and garlic salt.

This Tartar Sauce Recipe is beyond easy and not to mention delicious. With just a few ingredients you can make your own and you'll never buy the pre-made stuff again! 

This Tartar Sauce Recipe is no different. Most of the ingredients you will already have on hand. To make your own tartar sauce you will need mayonnaise, capers, yellow onion, sweet pickle relish, dill pickles, dijon mustard and parsley.

If there is one ingredient that you need that might not be in your pantry it’s probably the capers.

Personally, I always have capers on hand. Capers are actually the bud of a flower and their briny, saltiness is a favorite around here. I use them in bruschetta, chicken piccata, artichoke tapenade and this tartar sauce.

There are a few different sizes of capers. For this recipe, you’ll want non-peril capers which are the smallest. I find that they work the best for most recipes.

How to make the best tartar sauce!

How long will homemade tartar sauce keep?

Tartar sauce should last a couple of days in your refrigerator.

What do you dip in tartar sauce?

Obviously, fried cod  is a favorite around here. As are french fries. It also makes a great topping for fish sandwiches

This is the BEST Tartar Sauce Recipe is beyond easy and not to mention delicious. With just a few ingredients you can make your own and you'll never buy the pre-made stuff again! #tartarsauce #tartar #condiment #dip

Other Homemade Condiment Recipes: 

Alabama White BBQ Sauce 

Creamy Ranch Dip 

Honey Mustard Dressing 

Carolina BBQ Sauce

Horseradish Cream Sauce


Note: This post was originally written in 2009. Photos were updated in 2018.

Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe

Makes 3/4 cup
4.9 based on 19 reviews


  • 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.





Nutrition information

Amount per serving: 4 servings
Calories: 127 , Total Fat: 9.9g , Saturated Fat: 1.5g , Cholesterol: 8mg , Sodium: 368mg , Carbohydrates: 10.2g , Fiber: 0.3g , Sugar: 4.2g , Protein: 0.5g

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  • Reply
    Amy McCord
    October 31, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Hellman’s tarter sauce has always been my benchmark for tartar sauce…until now! Love this sauce! Only change I made was to leave out the parsley and substitute some dried dill weed. Awesome!

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      November 4, 2019 at 5:52 pm

      Love the idea of adding extra dill! So happy you enjoy this!

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    August 19, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Why in the world would you mix SWEET PICKLE RELISH with DILL PICKLES & capers?? You either use one or the other!!

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      August 19, 2019 at 3:27 pm

      Because it’s good? The sweet n’ salty combo totally works. If it’s not for you feel free to leave one out!

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    Susan Ash
    June 30, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    I made it with fresh still instead of parsley, and substituted veganaise for mayo, for a vegan version. I didn’t have any dill pickles, so I added some of the caper juice. I also added a dash of salt. Delish! Your recipe was super simple and tasty!

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      June 30, 2019 at 8:49 pm

      Loving your substitutions! Glad you liked it :)

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    April 29, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    A little dill weed would be great in this tartar sauce. It just kicked it up a little bit more..

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      May 1, 2019 at 6:37 am

      That’s great to know! I’ll have to try that next time, I love dill. :)

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    Melanie Bauer
    April 17, 2019 at 3:16 am

    Sounds spectacular! Simple and easy to make yet super delicious, so excited to make this!

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    April 16, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    I never buy it in the store anymore! This is the best!

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    Allyson Zea
    April 16, 2019 at 11:45 am

    I always make this at home because it’s way tastier than the jarred one!

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    Taylor W.
    April 16, 2019 at 7:02 am

    Homemade tartar sauce is so much better than store-bought! Yum!

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    April 15, 2019 at 9:38 am

    My boys are obsessed with fish sticks and I’ve always gotten store bought sauce. I didn’t realize it was so easy to make your own, thanks!

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    April 15, 2019 at 9:37 am

    Homemade sauces always offer the best flavor! Plus, super easy to make.

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    April 8, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    I love this! I make fish dinners at home all the time, but I didn’t realize tartar sauce is so easy to make from scratch! DOING THIS! :D

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    April 8, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Ahhh so happy I found this! I was making a fish sandwich and needed a quick homemade tartar sauce to put on top – soooo good.

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    March 6, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    I didn’t have any onion, so I used dry. I also added about a teaspoon of cream style horseradish. Very good.

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      March 6, 2019 at 3:13 pm

      I love the addition of cream style horseradish! I bet it added a nice kick!

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    December 31, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Somehow I knew these were ingredients, but I always need the proportions. It’s delish!

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    Sandra | A Dash of Sanity
    December 3, 2018 at 2:16 am

    This is really awesome! Looks and sounds so easy to make!

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    November 30, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Looks great. I am happy to actually be able to see and taste the herbs…usually is just pickle mayo.

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    Melanie Bauer
    November 29, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    Looks fantastic! Love how easy to make this recipe, adding to my list of must makes!

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    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious
    November 29, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    I have never found a jarred sauce that I love. Can’t wait to make a homemade version!

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    November 29, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    I have so many things I want to try this with!!

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    November 29, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    I’m going to have to give this a try!

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    Chrissie Baker
    November 29, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    I LOVE that! It sounds perfect for wings, chips, fries, and pretty much anything that can be slathered with sauce. Om nom nom.

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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!

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