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Old Fashioned Tartar Sauce {Super Easy!}

Make your own tangy and creamy Old Fashioned Tartar Sauce for your favorite fish and seafood dishes, this recipe is far better than bottled!

jar of sauce with lemons

Fresh tartar sauce is much better than the bottled stuff, and you can really tell the difference. This is seaside fish market type quality made at home to go with your favorite fish and seafood recipes.

This Old Fashioned Tartar Sauce recipe has the perfect balance of creamy and tangy flavors with a fresh bit of dill, and a little crunch from crisp pickles.

What is Tartar Sauce?

Tartar Sauce is the perfect companion to fresh fish and seafood. It has creamy mayo, crunchy pickles, fresh lemon juice, tangy dill weed, and a little salt and pepper. Combine them and you have just the right flavor combination to serve along with crunchy fried fish and shrimp.

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So what’s in tartar sauce? So glad you asked! This old-fashioned recipe has just a few ingredients that you probably already have on hand!

Ingredients Needed

  • mayonnaise
  • dill pickles
  • dill
  • lemon juice
  • salt & pepper

Mayo – I like to use Duke’s or Hellman’s for my sauce but if you have a favorite feel free. Just don’t use Miracle Whip as it has other ingredients that can muck up the flavors.

Dill Pickles – I like to use finely chopped sour dill pickles but feel free to use sweet if you like. Or if you are not for chopping, pickle relish works just as easily!

Dill – Fresh herbs are always the best but if you can’t find any, use dried dill. Just use half the amount to start with as dried herbs are stronger than fresh.

Lemon – I like to use fresh lemon where I can but if you only have the bottled stuff that’s ok too!

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How do you make Tartar Sauce?

ONE: In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients.

TWO: Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator until you are ready to enjoy!

THREE: Serve with your favorite fried fish recipe or dip your fries in it! I love that!

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

spoon of tartar sauce

How long does it last?

You can keep this easy tartar sauce in an airtight container for up to a week. Make sure to give it a good stir each time you use it because ingredients will naturally separate a little.

How do you use Tartar Sauce?

You can spread it on a bun for a sandwich or use it as a dip on the side of your main dish. Make sure it doesn’t sit out very long as it will spoil due to the mayonnaise as the main ingredient.

I know a few people who love to have fresh tartar sauce on burgers and chicken sandwiches too, some even like it as the filling to put in deviled eggs! To each their own, I’m not here to tell ya how to eat! Tartar Sauce is even good as a dip for fresh vegetables or flatbreads.

Tips for No Leftovers

  • Add a little Dijon mustard for a little more tang!
  • I like to add a little pickle juice to mine if it gets too thick.
  • If dill pickles aren’t your thing, try sweet relish.
  • If you don’t have fresh lemon you can use bottled lemon juice.
  • Fresh dill weed is best but if you don’t have any feel free to use dried dill. Just use about half the amount.
  • If you like yours spicy, add a dash of hot sauce!
  • Minced onion is also a great addition to add even more flavor!

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sauce with text "homemade tartar sauce"

When you whip up this delicious easy homemade tartar sauce for your next freshly caught dinner I would love to hear how you like it and what you served it with!

More Easy Recipes

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Old Fashioned Tartar Sauce

Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Make your own tangy and creamy Old Fashioned Tartar Sauce for your favorite fish and seafood dishes, this recipe is far better than bottled!


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup dill pickles, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine all ingredients and store in an air tight container until ready to enjoy!
  2. Serve chilled!


*If you love this recipe as much as I do, please leave me a comment and rate it 5 stars. Thank you!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 376Total Fat: 41gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 34gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 499mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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Lalia Mccarthy

Sunday 1st of August 2021

Just made your tartar sauce for a fish bake at a family gathering....I'm surevits going to be a hit...thank you


Monday 2nd of August 2021

Can't wait to hear if everyone liked it!

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