Homemade Tartar Sauce

Homemade Tartar Sauce | @simplywhisked

“homemade tartar sauce might be the single best condiment you can make for yourself.”

Up until a few years ago, I despised tartar sauce. I just couldn’t figure out why people would want to ruin their fish by using it. That is, until I had homemade tartar sauce at a restaurant. I will never be able to remember what restaurant it was, but it changed my life. Their tartar sauce was more than just pickle relish and mayonnaise. It was a truly flavorful sauce, complete with capers, chives, and Dijon mustard.

Homemade Tartar Sauce | @simplywhisked

I’ve always been a big fan of making my own condiments. I love fresh salad dressing, and I’ve been making homemade cocktail sauce forever. But, homemade tartar sauce might be the single best condiment you can make for yourself. It blows store bought sauce out of the water, which is convenient since it’s a condiment for fish (I know. I’m so funny).

I made this particular batch of tartar sauce for salmon burgers that we bought at Costco. They made a super easy dinner, which is great when you’re not in the mood to cook or you’re just too darn hot – like everyday this week. The tartar sauce would also be great with baked fish, crab cakes, shrimp po’ boys, fish tacos, even frozen fish sticks. It’s a very versatile sauce.

Homemade Tartar Sauce | @simplywhisked

Homemade Tartar Sauce | @simplywhisked

Homemade Tartar Sauce

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle relish (or chopped dill pickles)
  • 2 tablspoons capers, smashed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon dill pickle juice
  • 2 teaspoons whole grain mustard
  • Salt & pepper, to taste


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the ingredients. Before serving, allow sauce to sit for 30 minutes in the fridge to allow flavors to develop.


  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
Homemade Tartar Sauce | @simplywhisked



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    Ellen Greenwood
    July 22, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    How long will your tartar sauce last in the fridge? Will it freeze?

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      Melissa Belanger
      July 22, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      I wouldn’t recommend freezing it. Mayo based things don’t do too well in the freezer. It should last for about a week. Maybe two depending on how fresh the ingredients are that your using.

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    December 9, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    How long does homemade tartar sauce last in the fridge

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      Melissa Belanger
      December 10, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      I would keep it for about 4 – 5 days (as long as your aren’t using near-expired ingredients). 🙂

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    May 11, 2018 at 11:42 am

    The one I learned from my MIL uses pickle juice, chopped pickles and shredded sweet onion (and spices).

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      Melissa Belanger
      May 12, 2018 at 12:41 am

      Oh that sounds delicious! I will have to try that next time I make it. I would love to know what spices you use.

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