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Homemade Tartar Sauce {Vegetarian, Gluten Free}

Tangy, crunchy and filled with zest, this Easy Homemade Tartar Sauce is dynamic and packed with flavor. Amazingly delicious, truly flavorful, made with just a few ingredients, you’ll love this dip that compliments any dish! It is also totally customizable and takes just minutes to make, you will never need to use store bought tartar sauce again.

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Made tangy with dill pickles and lemon, extra creamy with mayonnaise, crunchy with onions and hot with Dijon mustard, this Simple Tartar Sauce is absolutely incredible!

One of the best things about this tartar sauce is that you can control what goes in. If you love tangy, just add more dill pickles. If you would like to make it healthier, you can swap out the mayonnaise for greek yogurt.

Not just for seafood, this tartar sauce can be used as a dip too. It goes great with baked or roasted veggies, baked potatoes, chicken fingers and more!

Why This Recipe Works?

  • No-Cook Recipe.
  • Takes minutes to prepare.
  • Perfect dip for finger foods.
  • Kids friendly.
  • Gluten free.
  • Can be made Vegan.
  • Easily available ingredients.
  • Can be made in advance.
  • The Best Tartar Sauce ever!!
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Ingredients:

This recipe uses super easy ingredients that can be obtained from a local store if you don’t already have them in your pantry. Read the Recipe Card for the measurements.

  • Mayonnaise We use lite mayonnaise for this recipe. You may use regular mayo as well if you want to make the sauce a little thicker and creamier. For making this tartar sauce vegan, you can use vegan mayo. 
  • Dill Pickle Any good brand would work for this recipe. If you don’t have dill pickle, you may use pickled onion or cucumber as well. Dice the dill pickle so that every bite is indulging.
  • Onions Makes this sauce crunchy and crisp. White onions are best for this recipe as they are tender and papery and do justice to any sauce or dip. 
  • Capers – Add bold, tangy and savory flavor to tartar sauce. They also add the perfect aroma to this sauce. You may substitute them with olives. 
  • Lemon Juice Fresh lemon juice adds a nice tangy flavor to this sauce. It naturally thins the sauce. We do not recommend using bottled lemon juice.
  • Black Pepper Adds little heat to this tangy dip. You may add red pepper flakes too if you like a spicy dip.
  • Sugar Adding sugar helps balance the flavors in this sauce. You may remove this if you prefer as well.
  • Fresh Dill The fresh green dill adds bright color and warm flavor to this sauce. You may substitute it with parsley or dried dill. 
  • Dijon Mustard Adds a perfect strong flavor. If you prefer less spicy, you can add yellow mustard.

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Variations

  • Dairy Free Tartar Sauce – Substitute mayonnaise with vegan mayo or vegan yogurt to make a healthy tartar sauce.
  • Tartar sauce with Sour cream Add sour cream for making this sauce more tangy.
  • Keto Tartar Sauce – If you are a fan of low carb meals, you may use low carb mayo or yogurt. 

How to make this Homemade Tartar Sauce:

Step 1: Gather It

  • In a small dish or bowl, add the mayonnaise, chopped pickles, diced onions, capers, lemon juice, mustard, dill, black pepper and sugar.
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Step 2: Mix It

  • Stir together the mayo, pickles, onions, capers, lemon juice, mustard, dill, black pepper and sugar.
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Step 3: Enjoy It

  • Use immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.
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Serving Suggestions to go with this Tarter Sauce:

  • Fried fishes or any seafood bites.
  • Roasted or baked veggies.
  • Baked Potatoes.
  • French Fries.
  • Fried Chicken sandwiches.
  • Fish Tacos.
  • Salmon Burgers.
Homemade Tartar Sauce {Vegetarian, Gluten Free}

Homemade Tartar Sauce {Vegetarian, Gluten Free}

Yield: 3/4 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Tangy, crunchy and filled with zest, this Easy Homemade Tartar Sauce is dynamic and packed with flavor. Amazingly delicious, truly flavorful, made with just a few ingredients, you’ll love this dip that compliments any dish!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup good quality mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dill pickle
  • 2 tablespoons white onions, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons capers, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, finely chopped (or parsley)
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish (optional)

Instructions

    1. In a small bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, pickle, onion, capers, lemon juice, mustard, dill, black pepper and sugar.
    2. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.

Notes

Use as a dip for fried fish, crab cakes or other seafood, fries, chips, and crudités. Mix into tuna, egg or potato salad, or spread onto bread for tuna, egg or chicken salad sandwiches, as well as for fried chicken or fish sandwiches, and salmon burgers.

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