McDonalds Tartar Sauce – Copycat Recipe

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.

Homemade McDonald's Tartar sauce and fish filet sandwiches.

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!

This tartar sauce is perfect for fried fish! You may want to your own homemade filet o’ fish at home. All you need is a fried fish fillet, a hamburger bun, a slice of American cheese, and you can all of the extra tartar sauce you want.

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.

Ingredients to make the McDonalds Tartar sauce copycat recipe.

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

Homemade McDonald's Tartar sauce in a small bowl next to fish filet sandwiches.

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McDonalds Tartar Sauce - Copycat Recipe

Make McDonald's tartar sauce at home.
5 from 30 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: McDonald's Recipes, Tartar Sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 129kcal


  • 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.



Store in an airtight container in your refrigerator.


Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 3mg | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0mg

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Reader Interactions


  1. Tamra

    5 stars
    This recipe is perfect! However, I ordered a McDonald’s filet of fish recently and both the sandwich and tartar sauce tasted terrible. I hope they haven’t changed their recipe.

  2. Pat

    McDonald’s tartar sauce has a…..lingering flavor. It’s a forward flavor but sits on the tongue for a while. It’s (ready for this?) Capers. Chop up a few and add them. It makes a world of difference if you’re trying to replicate McD’s.

  3. Amani A

    5 stars
    I wish I can rate this 10 stars! So, We are fasting this holy month of Ramadan. I decided to look up a copy car McDonald’s recipe since it’s our favorite! I seen an few and thought this was the most simple with the fewest ingredients! I prepped it in advance for our fish wraps! I couldn’t taste just yet but the smell was unbelievable! It was time for iftar and my husband was the first to try it out! He took one bite, looked at me and said “no way!, this tastes identical to McDonalds!” I said “really!? Give me a bite” and oh my goodness! This is going to be our tarter sauce recipe from now on!! Amazing! I used the Kroger brand dil relish that came in the can. The Kroger brand olive oil mayonnaise. White onion and sugar! What?? So easy!



  5. Debbie

    Love to have receipt for local restaurants spaghetti meat sauce and their meat ball Muriales’s Italian restaurant in Fairmont WV it is getting out of our price range to take my family there only maybe once a year

  6. Terrie W.

    I don’t even have to try this to know it’s good! My family always made tarter sauce when we fried shrimp (from scratch). My mother used to make it with onion, sweet pickle and mayo, then our friend found a recipe with sweet pickle and no onion that we liked. I have experimented with both and different seasonings and finally “lit” on my own version I really liked enough to write down! I’ve always really liked McD’s tarter sauce because it is the closest to our family’s homemade kind. And, I agree Kraft is NOT like McD’s! Close, but just not good enough to buy instead of make myself! (I never really liked Kraft Mayo either, though!)

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