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Homemade Tartar Sauce

This easy Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe is a dipping sauce that’s ideal for serving with any of your favorite seafood dishes. Whip it up in advance and chill to give the flavors time to fully combine.


Easy Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe

Tarter sauce is a personal favorite of mine for serving with grilled or fried fish, shrimp, crab and beyond. It’s super simple to make using ingredients that you may already have in your refrigerator and pantry. How do you make Tarter Sauce: (Scroll down for full printable recipe.)

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, pickle relish, minced onion, lemon juice, dill, granulated sugar, salt with lemon pepper or black pepper.
  • Once combined, pop it into an airtight container and chill it for several hours to allow the flavors to marry.
  • Enjoy chilled with your favorite seafood dishes.

How to Make the Best Homemade Tartar Sauce

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make the best Homemade Tarter Sauce: 1 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish or finely diced dill pickles, 2 tablespoons minced onion, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon fresh chopped dill,  teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic and 1/4-1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper or black pepper. Whisk together and chill until serving.
  • Kitchen gadgets you’ll need: Mixing bowl, whisk, measuring cups and spoons, sharp knife and cutting board and citrus juicer.
  • You can use lighter mayonnaise to make tarter sauce, if desired. I don’t recommend using Miracle Whip but should you choose to do so, omit the sugar.
  • I like fresh dill in this recipe but you could adapt using dried dill if that’s what you have on hand. You’ll only need a fraction of the amount so begin with 1/4 teaspoon then taste and add more to your taste. Dried herbs have a much more intense flavor that fresh herbs.
  • You can add 1 tablespoon of finely diced capers to the mix.
  • When making sauces, it’s perfectly fine to personalize. For example, a more tart sauce may suit your taste so you should use diced dill pickle. If you like a hint of sweetness, go with sweet pickle relish. The granulated sugar alone won’t make the tarter sauce sweet it primarily serves to balance the flavor.
  • Store Homemade Tarter Sauce in an airtight container chilled in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Southern Style Dishes to Serve with Tartar Sauce


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Homemade Tartar Sauce

Prep Time5 minutes
Chill time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 5 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade-tarter-sauce-recipe, tarter-sauce-recipe
Servings: 12 servings (may vary)
Calories: 142kcal


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish or finely chopped dill pickles
  • 2 Tbsp finely minced onion
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp fresh dill
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp lemon pepper or black pepper


  • In a medium size bowl whisk together mayonnaise, pickle relish, onion, lemon juice, dill, sugar, salt, granulated garlic and pepper until fully combined. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight before serving. (This can be done up to one day in advance)


Serving: 2Tbsp | Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 298mg | Potassium: 10mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 139IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I just made your recipe and is a keeper , I opted out the minced onion and still was perfect for us. thanks !

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