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Homemade tartar sauce in white serving bowl with spoon.

Homemade Tartar Sauce

Quick and easy to make tartar sauce with mayonnaise, pickle relish, capers, dill and more. Perfect with fish and chips or crab cakes!
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade tartar sauce, tartar sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 99kcal


  • ½ cup good quality mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons dill relish or chopped cornichons/gherkins/dill pickles
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained, roughly chopped or green peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, minced or 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Dash Worcestershire sauce (maybe ¼ teaspoon), optional
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • Hot sauce, to taste, optional


  • Place all ingredients in small bowl and mix well to combine. Taste for salt and lemon, adjust if needed.
  • Chill in fridge for 30 minutes for flavors to meld, then serve.


  • This recipe makes about a cup of tartar sauce.
  • Store in the fridge, keeps about a week.
  • Use fresh dill or a little dried dill, or sub with fresh parsley.
  • If you don't like capers, omit them. Same with the Dijon mustard.
  • I like hot sauce with tartar sauce and fried fish, mix in a few shakes to taste or serve hot sauce on the side, totally optional.


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 161mg | Potassium: 8mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 21IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg