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Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe

Nothing goes better with fish and chips than a great dipping sauce. Try our homemade tartar sauce, it’s tangy, tart, and ready in five minutes or less!

Kim really out did herself in the kitchen this weekend. She was quite the busy little bee. She made fish and chips, Alaskan salmon, and a few sauces that were absolutely delicious!

Well, it just so happens, one the sauces she made is our newest recipe. After tasting her homemade tartar sauce, I knew I had to share it with everyone.

So, here we are, posting her tart and tangy dipping sauce that’s now one of my personal favorites. As you can imagine, this offering is super simple to prepare.

It uses very few ingredients and comes together in minutes. Just like our homemade remoulade sauce.

I hope you like this one as much as I did. Now, let’s get in the kitchen and whip up something tasty!

The homemade tartar sauce served in a ramekin surrounded by fresh dill.

How to Make Homemade Tartar Sauce:

First things first, prep all the ingredients. Chop the dill, juice the lemon, and measure out the mayo, horseradish, relish, pepper, and sugar.

Once everything is prepped up, you’re ready for the second step.

The mayo, dill, relish, and other ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Next, in a small to medium sized mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients. That’s right, just toss everything in, grab a fork or whisk, and start mixing.

It’s a dipping sauce, after all, there’s not much it.

All of the ingredients have been combined in the glass mixing bowl.

Last, take a look at the pictures, once your sauce looks like ours, it’s done. See, pretty darn simple.

I bet, once you start making this at home, you’ll stop buying the jarred stuff. Now, we all have our favorite restaurant version, so we don’t expect to replace that one.

In closing, Kim and I hope you enjoyed this recipe and wish you all the best 🙂

The final photo of the tartar sauce in the ramekin with props.

Homemade Tartar Sauce Tips:

  • Horseradish isn’t something everyone keeps in their kitchen. If needed, you can use stone ground mustard as a substitute for horseradish. It may not have the same amount of heat, but tartar sauce isn’t usually spicy anyway.
  • The sugar in the recipe is optional. However, if you want to mimic that iconic restaurant or store bought flavor, then the sugar is needed to add just a touch of sweetness.
  • You can substitute sweet relish instead of using the dill relish. That’s one way to cut out the sugar in our recipe. Kim used dill because that’s what we had on hand. Hence, the added sugar to our recipe.

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The homemade tartar sauce served in a ramekin surrounded by fresh dill.

Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings

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  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Cup Dill Relish
  • 1 Tablespoon Dill (fresh, finely chopped)
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice (fresh squeezed)
  • 1 teaspoon Horseradish (or stone ground mustard)
  • 1 teaspoon Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Combine all the ingredients in a mixing and mixing everything together.
  • Store in your fridge in a sealed container for up to five days. Always serve chilled.


*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and a serving size of two (2) ounces. Actual calories will vary.
*The homemade tartar sauce can be stored in your fridge in a sealed container for up to five (5) days.


Serving: 2Ounces | Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 347mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g
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Thursday 9th of September 2021