Making your own Tartar Sauce has never been easier – or more delicious! Six simple and inexpensive ingredients mix together to create this creamy, boldly flavorful condiment that you’re going to really love having in your refrigerator. Serve it with fish sticks, french fries, and so much more!
Not all tartar sauces are created equal. I’ve had some before that are super bland but have a good consistency, while others are too thick or thin and have good flavor. And the store-bought stuff? That’s all full of preservatives and artificial flavors that I try to keep out of my kitchen when I can help it. This recipe for tartar sauce really is the best, and not just because it’s tasty!
It’s also made with simple, natural ingredients, and has the most perfect consistency and flavor. This is the kind of homemade condiment that I love having ready to go in my kitchen at all times, and not just because of all the fish sticks my family goes through on a weekly basis! Homemade tartar sauce is also delicious with french fries, Crab Cakes, and so much more. Having a bottle of tartar sauce handy in my fridge is always a win!
Oh, and I should definitely mention how making your own condiments is SO easy! I know that grabbing a bottle off the shelf at a grocery store may seem like the easiest option, and maybe it is… But not by much. There’s such little effort that goes into whipping up this tartar sauce! From start to finish, making this sauce will only take you about 5 minutes. Just be sure to have a little patience and let the sauce chill for an hour – I promise the wait is worth it!
How to Make It
Combine. Place all of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl, and stir to fully combine them.
Chill. Cover and chill the tartar sauce in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour for the best results.
Serve or Store. You can choose to enjoy the tartar sauce after an hour of chilling, or you can store it for later! In an airtight container in the refrigerator, this sauce will stay fresh for up to 1 month.
What else can I serve tartar sauce with?
Fish sticks and french fries are always the best choices! I really love having a little fun and serving this sauce with some Crispy Baked Goldfish Cracker Fish Sticks. It’s also heavenly when served with homemade Tuna Patties! Next time you make some tasty seafood that are similar to those dishes (or if you just end up using my recipes, which I totally recommend), you’ll be so glad you have this tartar sauce to serve with it. It really levels up the main dish in a crazy way.
How should I store tartar sauce?
If you happen to have a bottle of some sort to keep this sauce in, plastic or glass, that’s definitely the best! However, I typically find myself storing my tartar sauce in things like Mason jars. As long as the sauce is in a truly airtight container in the refrigerator, it’ll stay fresh! Honestly, if you’re not worried about keeping it cute, you could even keep this stuff in tupperware. You just need to make sure no air can get in, as that will immediately make the sauce go bad and probably create a filmy layer on top. Yuck!
Can I make it vegan?
Yes, but proceed with caution! I’m a carnivore myself, so the ingredients in this mayo don’t go against my diet. With that being said, if you’d like to enjoy some vegan tartar sauce, go for it! Just substitute the traditional mayo with a vegan alternative, and the Worcestershire with a similar vegan alternative. Plant based stuff is all the rage, so you should be able to find those ingredients pretty easily. While your version might not taste exactly like mine, I bet it’ll still be so good!
Homemade condiments are all the rage, and for good reason!
Get the Recipe: Easy Tartar Sauce
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
- 1 teaspoon champagne vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- Zest and juice of 1 lemon
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl.
- Cover and refrigerator for 1 hour or overnight for best results.