Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe

by Merissa on April 3, 2017

in Recipes

How to make an easy homemade Tartar Sauce recipe from scratch!

Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe

One thing that I've always tried to do is stick with making my own specialty sauces and spices. Not only do they taste better and fresher but you can control what you put into them.

In the past I've posted recipes for a Homemade Steak Sauce Recipe, a Hot Sauce Recipe, an Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe, and many others on my Make Your Own recipe page.

Today I'm sharing a simple homemade Tartar Sauce recipe so that you can add a little extra kick of flavor the next time you serve fish. This recipe is incredibly easy but it is best if you make it at least an hour before serving it to allow the flavors to soak into the mayo.

How to Make Tartar Sauce

Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe

What You Need:

  • 1 cup Mayonnaise (can use Homemade Mayo if you like)
  • 4 teaspoons Sweet Pickle Relish (can use dill if your family doesn't like sweet!)
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion (I used dried)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice (fresh or bottled)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients together in a small bowl. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving (overnight if you have the time!) to let the flavors combine. Serve with fish or try one of the suggestions below.

There are more ways to use this homemade Tartar Sauce recipe than just with fish, here are a couple of things that you can try!

  • Mix the sauce with hard boiled egg yolks when making Deviled Eggs.
  • Add in a bit of hot sauce to serve your tartar sauce on the spicy side.
  • Use as the sauce base for a homemade potato or macaroni salad.
  • Dip french fries in it.
  • Add in fresh chopped herbs from your garden for a little flavor variation.
  • Serve as the dipping sauce for Homemade Hush Puppies.

Tartar Dipping Sauce

What are some of your favorite ways to serve Tartar Sauce? Have you ever made it homemade?

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1 Blessings! April 3, 2017 at 9:26 am

Just recently I made two different batches of tartar sauce, it’s funny that you have too. *smile* I used dill relish rather than sweet and the recipe I found had dried onions. The first time I put them in and had a negative reaction from my insides so the second time I didn’t and it wasn’t as tasty. *smile* I am the only one of the four of us who likes it with my fish sticks so I just made a small batch for myself not to keep on hand. *smile*


2 Barbara April 7, 2017 at 6:17 pm

Hi! Thanks for all the information you have in all your postings. I always find something interesting. There was one question that came to mind about the tartar sauce . . . How long will it last in the fridge? Do you know? It seems like since it’s mostly mayonnaise it’ll last a long time; just wanted to check!


3 Merissa April 7, 2017 at 6:20 pm

I’m not sure exactly how long, I would think it would be safe to guess at least a week or two?


4 Marigene April 7, 2017 at 7:14 pm

This is my first visit, but won’t be the last…thanks for sharing your recipe.
Enjoy the weekend.


5 Gentle Joy Homemaker April 8, 2017 at 8:40 pm

We love tarter sauce… and making it ourselves works well, but this would be even better… thank you. 🙂


6 Cheryl April 8, 2017 at 11:00 pm

I can’t wait to try this, it looks so good!


7 Michelle April 9, 2017 at 2:07 am

We love tartar sauce here at home, but sometimes struggle to find one that’s got the right mix of tangy tartness. Yours version sounds like a winner. I’m going to have to try make some, thanks Merissa


8 julie April 28, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Do you have a sweet relish that you recommend?


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