Tartar Sauce Recipe

Here’s a basic tartar sauce recipe for your fried catfish, grilled fish, crab cakes, tuna cakes, or birthday cakes! Just kidding about the birthday cakes, I think. But totally not judging if you’re into trying that.

Tartar sauce (or tartare sauce if you’re in the UK) has been around a long time and likely originated from the Tatars that occupied Ukraine and Russia way back when. Sounds like I might have made that up, but I read about it on the internet so it’s very likely completely true. I guess in France it was traditional with Steak Tartare which is raw ground steak mixed with egg yolk and herbs and I’m having a hard time right now not feeling a little ill imagining all that cholesterol. I’m curious as to when it became standard condiment for fried fish. I’d wager the British had a hand to play in that game.

Feel free to add cayenne pepper for more heat, or cilantro and lime juice for a Mexican-style tartar sauce. If you want to get extra fancy, try making tartar sauce with homemade aioli instead of regular mayo. If you’ve never tried making aioli, it’s worth a shot. Pretty easy and very satisfying. See this video and aioli recipe.

Tartar Sauce

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Prep time

5 mins

Total time

5 mins

Recipe type: Condiment, Sauce

Serves: 2-4


  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced dill pickle
  • 1 teaspoon minced capers
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne or black pepper


  1. Mix it all together and stick it in the fridge. It'll keep a couple days.


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19 Jun 2014 ... L'Ambroisie's tartare sauce Photograph: Felicity Cloake ... Mayonnaise is the
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Try using sweet pickles instead of dill for a different taste. If you are out of lemon juice, use a tablespoon of pickle or caper juice instead.


Quick-and-Easy Tartar Sauce Recipe | MyRecipes.com
Make the perfect sauce for all your fish recipes with only three ingredients:
mayonnaise, pickle relish, and lemon juice.


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