Simple Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe

Homemade Tartar Sauce is so much better than out of a bottle, you’ll never go back to store bought again! Made with simple ingredients and taking all of about two minutes, this is the best tartar sauce recipe!

Sometimes condiments are the best part of the meal! Such is the case with this homemade tartar sauce, and also my homemade Cocktail Sauce.

homemade tartar sauce recipe - sauce in a yellow cup with lemon wedges near by

Tartar sauce is something you either love or hate, but even the haters out there cannot deny that this homemade recipe is so yummy! My dad loved the stuff, but he would only make it with Miracle Whip. I prefer regular mayo, but you can use whichever base that your little heart desires. If you’ve ever bought tartar sauce in a bottle, you don’t know what you’ve been missing until you make it at home.

A good sauce recipe can really enhance all kinds of seafood dishes, especially my favorite Salmon Patties! It’s creamy and tangy and pairs well with fish sticks, breaded fish filets and is a must for classic fish & chips.

homemade tartar sauce recipe - with fish sticks and salmon cakes and lemon wedges

How to Make Homemade Tartar Sauce

There are plenty of ways you can make this delicious seafood staple, but the basic ingredients are the same. You probably even have all of the ingredients on hand! Here are the simple ingredients for this recipe:

  • Mayonnaise
  • dill pickle or dill pickle relish
  • fresh dill
  • lemon juice
  • black pepper

Now here’s the kicker…the instructions are super complicated. Are you ready?

  1. Combine ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Serve with fish.

Yup, that’s it! Easy peasy, right?

salmon patty dipped in tartar sauce

What does tartar sauce taste like?

Some people seem a little scared to try tartar sauce and I’m not really sure why because it’s delicious. Like, lick the spoon tasty. It’s creamy, has a subtle crunchy from the dill pickle, and a nice tang from the lemon juice, with a fresh bite from the dill. I suppose if you hate mayo, this sauce just isn’t for you, but give it a chance – it’s so good!!!

Recipe Tips

  • I prefer chopping dill pickles for my homemade tartar sauce recipe, but you could also just use dill relish.
  • Dill pickles go best with this recipe in my opinion, but if you’re a fan of sweet pickles, you can use those instead.
  • Feel free to play around with the ingredients, adjusting the amounts as you wish.

homemade tartar sauce recipe with a plate of salmon patties

Here are some more great seafood recipes to serve with homemade tartar sauce:

And for more delicious seafood recipes, try these:

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A dish of tartar sauce

Tartar Sauce

Homemade Tartar Sauce is so good, you'll never go store-bought again! Made with simple ingredients in about 2 minutes, this is the best tartar sauce recipe!
Servings 1 cups
Calories 125kcal


  • 1 cup real Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup pickle relish or ½ cup finely chopped dill pickles
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced dill or 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  • Combine ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Serve with all kinds of seafood recipes, like salmon patties, fish sticks or fish tacos. 
  • Store in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container - lasts for quite a while in the fridge.


Serving: 2tablespoonsCalories: 125kcal

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. This tartar sauce is amazing, I didn’t even follow the recipe and it tasted great! I just threw in the ingredients and WOW!?

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