Easy Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe

Looking for a new and creamy tartar sauce? This Easy Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe has only 5 ingredients and is perfect for dipping or spreading on your sandwich. You’ll never buy tartar sauce again!

Looking for a new and creamy tartar sauce recipe?  This Easy Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe has only 5-ingredients and is perfect for dipping or spreading on your sandwich.  You'll never buy tartar sauce again!

Why This Recipe Works

How many times have you wanted to serve up some fish and noticed you were missing tartar sauce? I hate going to the store for just one thing, so for me being able to whip up a batch of tartar sauce is something that works for me.

And this homemade version is so much better than a store-bought jar.  Scroll down to see my video on this tartar sauce recipe!

How to Make Tartar Sauce

This recipe is so delicious and easy at the same time. You need only 5 ingredients:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Lemon Juice
  • White Onions
  • Capers
  • Dill Pickle Relish

Simply combine all ingredients in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours.

Ingredients to make homemade tartar sauce: mayonnaise, dill pickles, capers, lemon, and onion.

Recipe Variations

  • You can toss fresh herbs in homemade tartar sauce like parsley, chervil, chives, and some green onion tops.
  • Add a dash of Tabasco for extra flavor.

Recipe Notes

  • It’s best to use white onions for this recipe. White onions tend to have less heat than yellow onions. I feel if you are going to be eating raw onions you should always use white over yellow onions.
  • Capers are a wonderful addition to tartar sauce. It comes from the caper plant has a unique flavor that works well in this sauce. You can also use capers in Chicken Piccata.
  • Make this recipe a few hours in advance. The extra time allows the flavors to develop. It tastes even better the second day.
  • Homemade tartar sauce stays fresh for 4 to 5 days when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Use this tartar sauce on a hamburger instead of your traditional mayonnaise, mustard, and ketchup.

I hope you give this recipe I try. I bet once you see how easy this is to make you won’t buy the sauce in the jar anymore.

a plate of fried fish with homemade tartar sauce

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creamy tartar sauce recipe in a small bowl

Easy Homemade Tartar Sauce

You can make great tasting tartar sauce at home. No need to buy tartar sauce in the jar. 
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Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Tartar Sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 153kcal


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon chopped white onion
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • In a small bowl combine mayonnaise, dill pickle relish, white chopped onion, capers, and lemon juice. Stir to combine. Store in an airtight container for a few hours before serving.



  • You can toss fresh herbs in homemade tartar sauce like parsley, chervil, chives, and some green onion tops.
  • Add a dash of Tabasco for extra flavor
  • Homemade tartar sauce says fresh for 4 to 5 days when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 164mg | Potassium: 4mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Karen M.

    5 stars
    I am not a seafood eater but with tartar sauce I can do it. This is definitely one tartar sauce that works. It is easy and delicious. I used dill pickles instead of the relish and a shallot instead of white onion. This will be my go to tartar sauce.

  2. Phillip M. Freeman

    Not one comment identified a couple of finely chopped hard-boiled eggs to this recipe. I do, and the taste is Wunderbar!!! I also use Miracle whip salad dressing instead of Mayonaise and I always divide the amount (1 cup) between sour-cream and the salad dressing. I choose sweet pickle relish over the dill relish because the lemon juice gives me all the tartness I desire in taste.

  3. James Lindley

    5 stars
    I never measure anything when making tartar sauce. I also use homemade sweet pickle relish instead of dill. I’ve never tried adding capers.

  4. Terry Roberson

    I’m a owner of a seafood restaurant and when I first started out in the restaurant business I had a very simple tarter sauce. One of my customers told me I had the best fish she had ever eaten and she mentioned that 8f I could come up with a good tarter sauce it would improve my fish even more. Make a long story short my food supplier Ben E Keith company sales rep told me it was the best tarter sauce she had ever eaten and I needed to get it in super market. She also told me that I could sell the recipe to them for 10-k but I knew that would be a mistake. Our restaurant was going through 2-3 gallons per day and a couple times I ran out and my customers got up set. My question is who can I go to for getting it bottled and put in stores

  5. Nancybbc

    Girl, this is fantastic!! The variations sound good too, but this is really yummy. I never thought of adding the capers either. Thanks!

  6. JetfireK

    This was delightful. I cheated and added a tablespoon of horseradish “sauce” and came up with a WIN! WIN! so thanks

  7. kevin1

    I worked for Morrison’s Cafeteria in 1979, and made their tartar sauce daily. In addition to mayonnaise and sweet pickle relish their version also contained finely minced cabbage, and a bit of onion. The difference in texture is interesting.

  8. Maria

    I make almost the same thing but I never thought to add the capers before! Next time I have some on hand I will add them in, thanks for the recipe.

    • Kathy

      Found this recipe for Morrison Cafeteria tarter sauce. Says authentic

5 from 5 votes (1 rating without comment)

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