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Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe

A simple tartar sauce recipe that can be adapted for what you have on hand.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dipping sauce for seafood, homemade tartar sauce, tartar sauce with relish
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 47kcal
Author: Katie Shaw


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons dill relish
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse pepper


  • Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl.  
  • Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  • Spoon into individual ramekins before serving.


Substitutions are fine! If you don't have lemon juice, substitute white vinegar If you don't have shallot, substitute onion If you don't have dill relish, substitute a finely chopped dill pickle
Good additions include minced fresh parsley, fresh dill, minced garlic, dijon mustard, and capers.


Calories: 47kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 312mg | Potassium: 6mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg