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Homemade Tartar Sauce

tartar sauce

Homemade Tartar Sauce

Nobody, but nobody likes my homemade tartar sauce better than my Dave. We don’t eat fish as often as we should, and I’m trying to incorporate it into our menus on a more regular basis. You can check out the recipes I use for catfish here, and tilapia here.

When I serve fish, Dave thinks he has to have tartar sauce. He is not a happy camper when there is no tartar sauce in the fridge. Dave is much happier if I serve homemade tartar sauce and not store-bought. He’s never been able to figure out why his mom didn’t make tartar sauce. As a child, having tartar sauce with fish was a real treat, because she hardly ever purchased it.

I like tartar sauce, but I can do without, especially when I am watching caloric or carb intake. But since the man is my favorite in all the world, I spoil him.

tartar sauceEspecially when this recipe is so easy, there’s no reason to not have your own homemade tartar sauce on hand. Three ingredients are all I use. Usually, I just dump and mix until it looks and tastes right, but I’ve measured this time so I can tell you how to do it.

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The Way to Make It

  1. Mayonnaise – use your favorite brand
  2. Mustard – regular or the honey mustardtartar sauce
  3. Relish – store bought or your own. I use my home canned pickles; I put them into the blender and then drain them. You can add some of the liquid if you’d like.

Mix it together and taste. Then add more of one or another ingredient if you’d like. If you’re a fan of mustard, you might want to add some more. Same on the pickle. Just dump, mix, and add until it tastes right to you!

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Easy Peasy – Mixing and Storing

That’s all there is to it.

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Mix up a big batch and store it in your refrigerator. (I usually keep mine in a reused peanut butter plastic jar. It’s easy to reach for and no guessing what’s inside. Plus, if I drop the jar on my toe, the jar and toe won’t break.) This tartar sauce keeps for months when refrigerated.

Homemade Tartar Sauce

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Three ingredients are all you need to make your own homemade tartar sauce. Season and spice it up however you like it.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Condiments
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cup


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons mustard
  • 3 Tablespoons pickle relish


  • Mix mayonnaise and mustard together
  • Add relish
  • Stir together
  • Add other seasonings as desired

homemade tartar sauce

Note: This recipe is a re-post from five years ago. There is always homemade tartar sauce in my fridge!

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