How to Make Tartar Sauce

We were having fish for dinner. We wanted some tartar sauce, but we didn’t have any. I googled “tartar sauce recipe” and found several recipes.


Ina Garten from Barefoot Contessa episode “Good Catch”

Recipe: Tartar Sauce

Ingredients

1/2 cup good mayonnaise
2 tablespoons small-diced pickles or cornichons
1 tablespoon Champagne or white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon capers
1 teaspoon coarse-grained mustard
pinch kosher salt
pinch freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a food processor or mini chopper fitted with a steel blade and pulse several times until the pickles are finely chopped and all the ingredients are well mixed but not pureed.


Tapestry from AllRecipes.com

Recipe: Quick Tartar Sauce

Ingredients

1 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions

Stir the mayonnaise, relish, mustard, and lemon juice together in a bowl.


PanNan from Food.com

Recipe: Tartar Sauce

I haven’t purchased tartar sauce in many years. We do not like any hint of sweetness, preferring the combination of dill pickle, lemon, onion and Worcestershire to flavor the sauce. This will keep a long time in the refrigerator. Note to World Tour participants—this recipe is included in the British category. Similar sauce recipes (making the mayonnaise from scratch, of course) go back to Medieval times, and have been found in British books as early as 1685. It’s also wonderful served with fish and chips, if you aren’t very fond of malt vinegar.

Ingredients

11/4 cups mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
1 medium dill pickle (or 1/4 cup dill relish)
2 sprigs parsley
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried onion flakes (or fresh)
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Directions

Mix all together in the food processor and pulse for about 10 seconds until finely chopped, but not smooth. Best if refrigerated for an hour before use. Lasts quite a while in the refrigerator.

Note: Can be made without the food processor, using dill relish or finely minced pickle.


What We Ended Up Making

We looked around the kitchen and decided to use what we had on hand. We had most of what Tapestry from AllRecipes.com called for. I don’t know that I would call our concoction “tartar sauce”, but it was close enough for dinner.

Ingredients

1 cup mayonnaise
6 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard

Directions

Mix it all together in a bowl.

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