McDonalds Tartar Sauce is served on their Fish Filet sandwich, but there is no need to ask for extra when you can make it at home.
There is no need to ask for extra packages of tartar sauce. You can enjoy this simple to prepare tartar sauce at home. This recipe is so easy to make from scratch you will be amazed you ever asked for more when you went to eat at McDonald’s. Don’t worry; you too can unlock this secret recipe.
I don’t know why, but tartar sauce is quite honestly, incredible. It has the perfect amount of tartness, and it is creamy and makes so many things taste better when you pair it with your favorite dishes. Years ago when I was in college, I was a short-order cook at a hole-in-the-wall place. Burgers with tartar sauce were one of my favorite meals to make.
The perfect sauce for a fish sandwich!
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McDonalds Tartar Sauce is easy to make at home
This copycat recipe for McDonalds Tartar sauce is super easy to make. You only need mayonnaise, a bit of sugar, some dill pickle relish, and some chopped white onion.
This tartar sauce tastes perfect on your favorite fish fillets. McDonald’s tartar sauce is the best tartar to make with ingredients you have in your refrigerator. Sure other tartar sauce may be more complicated, you could add some lemon juice and some capers, but this one is perfect just like this.
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Ideally, when you make this recipe, you should allow it to rest for a bit after you make it, and before you use it. The tartar sauce will stay good in your fridge for several days, so it’s ok to make a little extra.
Ingredients for McDonald’s Tartar Sauce
To make this recipe you will need:
- Mayonnaise – I prefer either Dukes or Hellman’s. Both have a sharp flavor that is perfect for this recipe.
- Sugar – this adds the perfect amount of sweetness
- White onion – diced onion is exactly what you want in here. Yellow onion is too hot, so grab a white onion for this recipe.
- Dill pickle relish – is perfect to bring out the flavor of your fish
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McDonalds Tartar Sauce - Copycat Recipe
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons dill pickle relish
- 3 teaspoons white onion finely chopped
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
- Cover and allow to rest for at least 30 minutes before serving.
I’ve always wanted to get a hold of the recipe for this sauce. Can’t wait to put it to some good use. Thanks for sharing.
So easy, thanks!!
Toni | Boulder Locavore
My kids were so excited to try it and it didn’t disappoint! They really loved it!
I’m not a big fan of onions and I never notice it had onions in it. Do u think this recipe would be okay if I used onion powder instead???
It should work out ok. You could also grate the onion in mixture with a box grater.
My husband loves this!
YUM! This was perfect with my homemade crab cakes. It’s now my go-to tartar sauce.
I’ve always liked McDonald’s tartar sauce, thank you!!
This tarter sauce tastes very authentic. Thank you!
1 c. mayo (use good brand)
1 TBS. red onion or (sweet onion)
1 TBS. capers salted rinse chop
1 TBS. dill pickle relish (no juice)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. lemon or (fake lemon juice)
1 tsp. sugar
This is the copycat recipe I’ve had for years. It’s great!
1/2 tsp. pepper
Mix all ingred. together.
Put in refer for 1 hour before
I read that thyme is a good substitute for capers. How much thyme (fresh or dried) and would you recommend in lieu of the capers? Thank you!
Do you have a recipe for Captain D’s tartar sauce? That is my favorite!
McDonalds Tartar sauce copycat
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sweet dill pickle relish
1 tablespoon of freeze dried shallots crushed but not to a fine powder
1/2 teaspoon of Dill extract.
1/2 teaspoon MSG (Accent)
sprinkle of Black pepper ground
This is much more like theirs and I have been using this recipe for last 30 years.
The secret is the Dill extract it really turns it into the same taste. You can leave out the msg but it really makes it more authentic tasting.
How long do you recommend to set before using?
How long will recipe last if placed in a glass jar?
What about dried dill? How much should I use? Thank you!
I’m looking for copycat recipe for Golden Corral’s tartar sauce recipe. Can you help me?
I am sorry I do not have this recipe at this time.
I’m looking for Golden Corral’s tartar sauce recipe. Can you help me?
I will see what I can do.
Do you ever get to Seattle? We have a place called Dicks–who has the best tartar sauce and they use it and chopped lettuce (only) on their middle burger called the “Special”. There are probably 4 of these places, but none across the lake in Bellevue where we live. Every time we go to downtown Seattle–we try to bring back Dicks–great homemade fries, and Specials. We are now nomadic grandparents so spend some time in San Jose, CA and I’d really love to have this recipe so I can get a “Dick’s fix” there.
Seattle is a beautiful city–you’ll like our mountains after growing up in Montana–and Puget sound and the lakes are stunning–unless it’s winter and dark and raining. Please! Please!
di blogs are you could email me I would appreciate it Dian
Stephanie, thanks for sharing this easy recipe. Don’t use tartar sauce often, so don’t always have it when I need it. Your recipe sounds tasty and easy to make! Sylvieann 🙂
C J Hyatt
Let me give you a clue. There is no recipe for McDonalds tarter sauce.
McDonalds tartar sauce is Kraft tartar sauce straight out of the bottle.
Thank you for dropping by. I hope you enjoy other recipes.
Here in Brazil we don’t have this brand, kraft, so is nice to have this recipe, thanks Stephanie
I just had some Kraft tartar sauce. It was nothing like McDonald’s.
McDonald’s tartar sauce is not kraft. I know. I have tried every tartar sauce out there!
Mcdonald’s tartar is not Kraft. There’s no tartar on the market like it. I hope this one is close!
I completely agree!
Thanks for recipe. Don’t want to buy whole bottle of sauce.
Ugh I’ve tried craft. It tastes nothing like McDonald’s. I’ve never found a store bought tartar sauce that taste like McDonald’s.
It absolutely is not the same as Kraft tartar sauce! Kraft is MUCH sweeter.
I truly enjoy reading your recipes. The ones I have made are delicious!
Keep up the good work
I agree 100%
Wayyy too much onion.
Not even close.
when you say mayonnaise- do you use Miracle Whip or Helman’s. I like both but not sure which will taste better.
I mean for you to use Mayonnaise.
Miracle Whip is not Mayo!
Here in the South we use Duke’s mayo. Best in the world.
Jeff you are so right about Duke’s. I’m a southern girl.
Looking for the copycat recipe for Outback’s Brunswick Stew … Hoping you can help me out ????
I haven’t tried that before.