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.
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!
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 fingers but as an adult, I’ve grown to love and appreciate tartar sauce.
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 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.
I like adding those additional ingredients for dinners like battered fish fingers to give the meal even more added flavor.
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 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.
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 sauce 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!
- 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
- Combine all ingredients in a small food processor and blend to desired consistency.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!
To add some pizzazz to your Tartar Sauce, consider adding:
- minced capers
- hot sauce
- pimento (minced roasted red peppers)