Tartar Sauce | Family Cuisine

Tartar sauce is a condiment typically served with fish or seafood. It is made from mayonnaise, lemon juice, capers, and minced onion.

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How to use tartar sauce

Once you learn how to make tartar sauce, you’ll never buy it at the store again! This lightened-up version is super creamy, tangy, and delicious.

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Tartar Sauce Recipe Ingredients

Mayonnaise is the primary ingredient in traditional tartar sauce, but I lighten mine up by using a mix of mayo and Greek yogurt. The yogurt makes this recipe for tartar sauce extra-tangy and creamy. These other key ingredients amp up the flavor even more:

  • Lemon juice – It makes the sauce nice and bright.
  • Capers and diced dill pickles – They add salty, briny flavor.
  • Dijon mustard – It adds extra tang and a peppery bite.
  • Fresh garlic and onion powder – For sharp, savory depth of flavor.
  • And sea salt – To make all the flavors pop!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

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Yogurt, mayonnaise, capers, chives, mustard, lemon, garlic, and onion powder

How to Make Tartar Sauce

Ready to cook? Here’s what you need to do:

  • First, prep the ingredients. Dice the pickles, mince the capers, grate the garlic, and measure the mayo, yogurt, onion powder, and mustard.
  • Then, mix it all together! Add the ingredients to a small bowl, and stir until everything is thoroughly combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper, garnish with fresh chives, and enjoy.

That’s it!

Hands stirring homemade tartar sauce with spatula

Homemade Tartar Sauce Serving Suggestions

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Tartar sauce is traditionally served with seafood dishes like crab cakes and fish and chips, but in our house, we eat it with veggies instead! Here are a few of our favorite ways to enjoy it:

  • With crispy baked (or air fried) veggies. I’d take crispy veggies over fish sticks any day! I love serving my air fryer cauliflower, air fryer French fries, and baked zucchini chips with homemade tartar sauce for dipping.
  • On a crudité platter. Serve it as a dip with your favorite fresh veggies and pita bread.
  • With grilled or roasted veggies. Dollop the sauce onto grilled corn, grilled zucchini, roasted cauliflower, roasted broccoli, or grilled veggie kabobs.
  • On a sandwich. It’d be excellent in all sorts of sandwiches, but I especially love it in place of the remoulade sauce in this Crispy Cauliflower Po’ Boy.
  • In a baked potato. Move over, sour cream! A scoop of this sauce is fantastic inside a piping hot baked potato.

How do you like to use homemade tartar sauce? Let me know in the comments!

More Favorite Sauces and Spreads

If you love this recipe, try one of these yummy sauces next:

  • Homemade Caesar Dressing
  • Tzatziki Sauce
  • Vegan Ranch Dressing
  • Cashew Sour Cream
  • Green Goddess Dressing
  • Creamy Chipotle Sauce
  • Romesco Sauce
  • Tahini Sauce (4 ways!)

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