homemade tartar sauce

Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe

Homemade Tartar Sauce

This is an excellent homemade tartar sauce recipe that goes very well with fish cakes and sticks and also with baked, fried or grilled fish. The key ingredients to a great tartar sauce are the capers, pickles, mustard and the lemon.

But the pickles are where the real contention arises. Some say sweet and some say dill. In the end it will have to be up to you to decide. In the south of the U.S. they like the pickles sweet, (like they like their tea). In the north they seem to want them to be dill pickles or dill relish. That’s how I grew up eating tartar sauce as well, but who am I to tell anyone else what they like best?

  • Servings: Makes about 1 ⅔ cups sauce
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes, chill for an additional 30minutes


  • 1 cup homemade coconut mayonnaise
  • ½ cup organic or homemade dill pickles or dill pickle relish (or sweet pickles or sweet pickle relish, see above)
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped scallions (green onions)
  • 2 tsp. organic Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped shallots
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. capers, chopped
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • A few drops of your hot sauce of choice (optional, but it does give it that ‘umph’)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and stir well until completely well mixed. Refrigerate for at least thirty minutes before serving.

In a pinch you can skip the scallions, shallots and even the hot sauce, but you just can’t skip the capers, the pickles, or the mustard and make it work. You can also add a couple of tablespoons of sour cream if you feel the need.

Tartar sauce is often used as a condiment with seafood dishes such as fish and chips, clam strips, fried oysters, fish sandwiches, and fish fingers, among many other dishes. Check out other recipes!

Originally posted 2020-08-20 08:35:17.

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