“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.
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
- 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
- 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.