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Homemade Tartar Sauce is so easy to make, you’ll never go back to store bought again. Made with simple ingredients and taking just a few minutes, this is the best tartar sauce recipe ever!

Serve this homemade tartar sauce with all kinds of fish, from Grilled Salmon Kabobs and Grilled Fish Tacos to Air Fryer Fish Sticks and Fried Shrimp.

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

Tartar Sauce Ingredients

Just 5 ingredients is all it takes to make a quick tartar sauce. This is a super forgiving recipe; you can keep adjusting the flavors until you’re happy with the result. You probably even have all of the ingredients on hand!

  • Mayonnaise – I use real mayonnaise, but you can use Miracle Whip if you’re into that.
  • Pickle relish – My preference is relish, but if you don’t have that you can finely chop some dill pickles and add a little bit of pickle juice.
  • Fresh dill or dried dill
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Black pepper

How to Make Homemade Tartar Sauce

See the recipe card below for full, detailed instructions

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?

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


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. 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. The mayo makes it super creamy, but if you’re not a fan you could also swap in plain yogurt or sour cream.

What is tartar sauce used for?

This creamy, tangy sauce is ideal for topping all kinds of fish, but it can be spread on burgers and sandwiches, or even used in stir-fries.

Serving Suggestions

A good tartar sauce recipe can really enhance all kinds of seafood dishes. It’s creamy and tangy and pairs well with fish sticks, breaded fish fillets, and is a must for classic Fish & Chips, Salmon Patties, and Crab Cakes.

And a few more ideas:

salmon patty dipped in tartar sauce


Storage: Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. I highly recommend making this dip a few hours or even a day in advance. It gives the flavors time to blend together.

Freezing: Mayo doesn’t freeze well, so freezing is not recommended.

Recipe Tips

  • I prefer chopping dill pickles for my homemade tartar sauce recipe, but you could also just use dill relish. With pickles, make sure to finely chop them.
  • 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.
  • Fresh is best – use fresh lemon juice and fresh dill.
fish sticks on a plate with a dish of tartar sauce

More Delicious Sauces to Try

A dish of tartar sauce

Tartar Sauce

4.48 from 17 votes
Homemade Tartar Sauce is so easy to make with simple ingredients and just a few minutes. It's the perfect pairing for all kinds of fish!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cups


  • 1 cup real Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped dill pickles or pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced dill or 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
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  • 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 2 weeks in the fridge.


Storage: Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. I highly recommend making this dip a few hours or even a day in advance. It gives the flavors time to blend together.
Freezing: Mayo doesn’t freeze well, so freezing is not recommended.
Keyword homemadetartar sauce, tartar sauce


Serving: 2tablespoonsCalories: 125kcal

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of “Yellow Bliss Road” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

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. Cait says:

    Fab!! Added a bit of salt…

    1. Kristin says:

      Thank you Cait!

  2. Leann Darby says:

    I love this recipe. It is so easy and no more wasting money on store bought tartar that would go bad in the fridge.

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thanks for the feedback Leann!

  3. Becky Hickman says:

    Five Stars!! Always my go to when we have fish.

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thanks for stopping by Becky.

  4. Fran Hale says:

    Sounds good might try it

  5. Linda Poland says:

    Was absolutely delicious

  6. Kathie says:

    This is wonderful Tartar Sauce. Easy as can be!
    Thank you!

    1. Kristin says:

      You’re so welcome Kathie! thank you so much for stopping by!

  7. A.J. Decker says:

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

    1. Kristin says:

      Thanks A.J! thank you so much for stopping by!

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