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    Tartar Sauce Recipe

    If you find yourself unable to use an entire bottle of tartar sauce before the expiration date, making some homemade tartar sauce might just be the solution.

    With just 6 main ingredients, this homemade tartar sauce recipe can be made in just minutes. You'll never buy tartar sauce at the store again! #tartarsauce #tartarsaucerecipe #homemadetartarsauce www.savoryexperiments.com

    Tartar sauce is a must-have for nearly any dish with seafood or fish. Why buy it from the store when you can make this tasty homemade tartar sauce in seconds with just a handful of ingredients?

    This tartar sauce recipe is easy to whip up just hours before dinner and tastes better than anything you’ll find in the store!

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    Tartar sauce. It’s a condiment pretty high on the “love it or absolutely hate it list”. Either you think it belongs with nearly every fish or seafood dish you make, or you don’t even want it in the house.

    As a child, ketchup was the only thing that belonged anywhere near my fish sticks but as an adult, I’ve grown to love and appreciate tartar sauce. 

    Speaking of fish sticks.. want to hear a funny fact about me? For some reason, I associate fish sticks with inclement weather and being stuck inside.

    With just 6 main ingredients, this homemade tartar sauce recipe can be made in just minutes. You'll never buy tartar sauce at the store again! #tartarsauce #tartarsaucerecipe #homemadetartarsauce www.savoryexperiments.com

    So the running joke in my house is going to the store for the “essentials” before a snow storm or hurricane always includes fish sticks. 

    And quite frankly, that is the only time I eat them. LOL. It is weird, I am aware of that. Nostalgia I suppose. 

    Or, at least, I’ve grown to love and appreciate homemade tartar sauce. The store bought versions have nothing on this customizable homemade tartar sauce recipe.

    Figuring out how to make tartar sauce was pretty simple. This super easy recipe is actually fairly standard, though I did add a few options for making it with a bit more “pizazz”, like adding minced capers or hot sauce to the recipe.

    What is the history of tartar sauce?

    The sauce and its name have been found in cookbooks since the 19th century. The name derives from the French sauce tartare, same as beef tartare and the such.

    You can also find a similar sauce with different names throughout England and Turkey, so the actual origins of the sauce itself are unknown. 

    The original variations used finely chopped capers and dill instead of dill pickles or gherkins.

    I like adding those additional ingredients for dinners like battered fish fingers to give the meal even more added flavor.

    With just 6 main ingredients, this homemade tartar sauce recipe can be made in just minutes. You'll never buy tartar sauce at the store again! #tartarsauce #tartarsaucerecipe #homemadetartarsauce www.savoryexperiments.com

    One thing I love about making a homemade tartar sauce recipe is that you can make as little or as much of it as you need.

    This great recipe makes 4 servings, which is generally just enough to go with tonight’s fish dinner but can easily be doubled or tripled to accommodate for more servings.

    It also means that if you only need tartar sauce every few months, you won’t be throwing half a bottle out because you didn’t finish it before the expiration date.

    With just 6 main ingredients, this homemade tartar sauce recipe can be made in just minutes. You'll never buy tartar sauce at the store again! #tartarsauce #tartarsaucerecipe #homemadetartarsauce www.savoryexperiments.com

    While tartar sauce is typically served with fish, if you’re a real tartar sauce fan it can go on so much more. Basically anything fried, from fried shrimp to onion rings, can be dipped in this homemade tartar sauce.

    It also tastes delicious with some non-fried seafood and fish dishes.

    I experimented with several different recipes in my quest to find the best tartar sauce recipe and I can definitely say this is the best one by far!

    Since you like this homemade tartar sauce, you may also like these other easy condiment recipes:

    Tools For Making Tartar Sauce:

    Mini Food Processor– I use this thing daily! It is by far my most used kitchen appliance, it is small and I throw all the parts into the dishwasher, well except the base and cord, of course!

    With just 6 main ingredients, this homemade tartar sauce recipe can be made in just minutes. You'll never buy tartar sauce at the store again! #tartarsauce #tartarsaucerecipe #homemadetartarsauce www.savoryexperiments.com

    Questions you might have about how to make tartar sauce: 

    Can I make tartar sauce ahead of time? Sure! This condiment is perfect made in advance. I would say about 24 hours, keep it chilled until ready to serve and then give it a quick stir before serving. 

    Can I freeze tartar sauce? I do not recommend freezing any mayonnaise based foods. 

    What variations can I add to my tartar sauce? To add some pizzazz , consider adding these tartar sauce ingredients:

    • minced capers
    • hot sauce
    • parsley
    • pimento (minced roasted red peppers) 
    • dill relish
    • sweet pickle relish
    • fresh dill weed or dried dill
    • pickle juice
    • green onions (scallions)
    • lemon juice

    Does tartar sauce have raw egg? If it is made with mayonnaise, then yes. 

    Is tartar sauce gluten-free? My version of tartar sauce is gluten free, but make sure to check each individual ingredient, as different companies may use different ingredients. 

    Is tartar sauce spicy? Generally speaking, no. However the presence of Dijon mustard and vinegar gives it a zingy flavor. If you are looking for a spicy tartar sauce, then just adds a few dabs of hot sauce. 

    Does tartar sauce have dairy? My recipe does not contain any dairy. For some reason people think eggs (mayo) are dairy. They are not. 

    Tartar sauce with cocktail and fried fish
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    Homemade Tartar Sauce
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Total Time
    10 mins
     
    Tartar sauce is a must-have for nearly any dish with seafood or fish. Why buy it from the store when you can make this tasty homemade tartar sauce in seconds with just a handful of ingredients?
    Course: Condiment
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: tartar sauce
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 192 kcal
    Ingredients
    • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
    • 2 tablespoons pickles or cornichons , minced
    • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
    • pinch kosher salt
    • pinch ground black pepper
    Instructions
    1. Combine all ingredients in a small food processor and blend to desired consistency.
    2. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
    3. If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

    Recipe Notes

    To add some pizzazz to your Tartar Sauce, consider adding: 

    • minced capers
    • hot sauce
    • parsley
    • pimento (minced roasted red peppers) 
    Nutrition Facts
    Homemade Tartar Sauce
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 192 Calories from Fat 189
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 21g32%
    Saturated Fat 3g19%
    Cholesterol 11mg4%
    Sodium 256mg11%
    Vitamin A 30IU1%
    Calcium 3mg0%
    Iron 0.1mg1%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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