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Tartar sauce is a great dip for fish. It is also a delicious substitute for mayo in other dishes. This page contains homemade tartar sauce recipes.


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The best I have ever had! It's the one my Mama used to make.


  • 1 large onion
  • 1 large kosher dill pickle
  • Duke's Mayo or any other kind


Chop the kosher dill pickle and an onion 'very' fine on a grater. Add enough Duke's mayo and mix. Let it mell together in the fridge until time to serve with fried fish. If I need more, I use more of the ingredients.

Servings: 3-4
Prep Time: less than 5 Minutes
Cooking Time: None Minutes

Source: This was my Mama's recipe

By Sheila from Wrens, GA

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I was almost out of dill relish when I realized I could avoid making a bowl dirty. With a dollop of mayonnaise dropped in the jar, it whips up just fine without using anything else. As you can see, it was just perfect on my fish. N-JOY!

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When I make tartar sauce, I use mayonaise, pickle relish (I use sweet, you can use dill also), one finely diced boiled egg, and a dash of lemon or lime, if you have it. Just mix these ingredients to taste.


I love fishsticks and tartar sauce is expensive as I do not use enough of it. So I just whip this up, cover, and put in the frig if I think ahead; usually I don't.

By Annie Rios Hill from Columbia, MO

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Mix 2 Tbsp. of mayonnaise, 2 Tbsp. of dill relish and 1 - 1/4 tsp. of mustard together.

By Rose Anne from Dunedin, FL

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January 5, 2010

How do you make tartar sauce?

By roy c grosswiler from Toledo, OH


January 5, 20100 found this helpful

I use Miracle Whip and relish. Just mix the two and your set. Or you can use mayonaise and relish. How much relish you put in depends on you, but I don't overdo the relish. Hope this helps.

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January 6, 20100 found this helpful

I do the same as LULUbobo but I add a boiled egg.

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January 6, 20100 found this helpful

I take about 1 cup of mayo, add about 2 Tablespoons of minced onion, add 1 teaspoon of relish and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. mix and chill. this is fantastic and I get lots of compliments on it.

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January 6, 20100 found this helpful

I use Hellman's mayonnaise. onion, lemon juice, parsley and capers. To 2 cups mayo, add 1 tablespoon grated onion, 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice, 2 tablespoons dried parsley and 1 tablespoon finely minced capers.


Tastes great. You can also just use dill pickle relish instead of capers.

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January 7, 20100 found this helpful

If I want just a quicky tartar sauce, I'll mix Kraft Mayo, some garlic powder, and sweet relish. Like LULUbobo says, not much relish. It works in a pinch. If I were going to make for others, I might do the other recipes, but once in a while I get a craving that just has to be filled Just That Moment! :)

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January 8, 20101 found this helpful

I used to work at Captain D's restaurant, and although we had pre-packaged tartar sauce to put with carry-outs, we made a couple gallons of our own each day for use in the restaurant or to send in portion cups with family packs. The mixture was simple:

1 gallon mayonnaise (not salad dressing)
1 pound (I believe) of fine diced onions
1 pound (I believe) of fine diced dill pickles

The onions and pickles came in pouches that weren't marked with weights, but I think they were a pound. They were fairly "juicy," and we didn't drain. This is what went in the pumps in the dining room. I greatly preferred this to the little packets, which I found too sweet.


For fish sandwiches, we would add some dry dill weed to the store-made sauce.

At home, I make:

1 cup of mayonnaise
a couple tablespoons of diced onion
a couple tablespoons of fine diced dill pickles.

I often add a sprinkle of dill weed, too, cause I like mine extra dilly. I will use dill relish if I have it, but never sweet... I don't like sweet tartar sauce.

Here's another tip from the Cap'n:

Cocktail Sauce

1 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish (from the jar)

This makes a tasty, quick cocktail sauce. The horseradish can be adjusted for taste.

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January 8, 20100 found this helpful

I just mix mayo and relish-sweet or dill work equally well.

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January 5, 2010

I need a recipe for tartar sauce. Does anyone out there have a good, but simple one? I sure would appreciate it.

Jamish from Ransom, Kansas



Tartar Sauce Recipe

Mix equal parts mayo and green hot dog relish. Cheers! (06/18/2007)

By Roz

Tartar Sauce Recipe

My husband loves tartar sauce! His favorite is so simple. Just mix mayo with sweet pickle relish to taste. (06/18/2007)

By Andi

Tartar Sauce Recipe

I use salad dressing (Miracle Whip, as I usually don't have mayo in the house). Add some finely diced pickles and a tsp of sugar. (06/18/2007)

By Anne

Tartar Sauce Recipe

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickles, chopped (I just use relish)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons pickle juice


    By kimberly

    Tartar Sauce Recipe

    Mayo, ketchup, and some relish (not sweet for me) and stir! Or you can chop up a pickle fine. (06/19/2007)

    By Michawn

    Tartar Sauce Recipe

  • 1/2 cup real mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish**
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar

    Mix together well and serve.

    **Regular dill pickle relish can be substituted if you prefer that taste instead of sweet pickle relish. (06/19/2007)


    By JOSE

    Tartar Sauce Recipe

    Just mix mayo, relish, and a dollop of mustard. My family loves it. :-) (06/19/2007)

    By claudia

    Tartar Sauce Recipe

    When I don't have any tartar sauce on hand I just make a simple one with some Miracle Whip and sweet pickle relish. I also add a little lemon juice if I happen to have any. It's better to make ahead so it can chill. I am the only one in the house that likes it, so I usually just make up a little for myself. (06/19/2007)

    By Debbie Dzurilla

    Tartar Sauce Recipe

  • 1 c. mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp. chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp. chopped dill pickle
  • 1/2 tsp. mustard

    Mix all together, cover, and chill. (For spicy sauce add 1 tbsp. horseradish.) (06/19/2007)

    By Linda

    Tartar Sauce Recipe

    My 30 year old recipe for Tartar Sauce:

  • 6 fl. oz. mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbs capers, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbs gherkins, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp chopped chives
  • 1 Tbs chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper

    Combine the mayonnaise, capers, gherkins, chives, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper.

    Hope this helps. (06/19/2007)

    By Barbara Hickson

    Tartar Sauce Recipe

    I don't measure, but I combine a bit of mayonnaise, pickle relish (sweet or dill), grated onion, and a drop or two of liquid hot sauce. Mix well. Chill. (06/19/2007)

    By windella

    Tartar Sauce Recipe

    The best tartar sauce ever (it's derived from a big restaurant chain recipe):

    Use miracle whip, sweet pickle relish (although dill works too), and a few teaspoons of powdered sugar. It has really good taste and texture. (06/19/2007)

    By Barbie

    Tartar Sauce Recipe

    Mix 1 cup mayonnaise or Miracle Whip with 3 tablespoons dill pickle relish (or sweet relish, if you prefer). Works equally well with the fat free variety. (06/19/2007)

    By Roberta

    Tartar Sauce Recipe

    Oh gee. I agree with the above. Good old mayo with sweet pickle relish, and add a drip or two of lemon juice! (06/19/2007)

    By Holly

    Tartar Sauce Recipe - with capers

    LynnT's Tartar Sauce:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise (Hellman's preferably, and light is fine)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons finely minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped capers
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

    Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and chill. Makes approximately 4 servings. (06/19/2007)

    By LynnT

    Tartar Sauce Recipe

    The best one I've ever had was made by my daughter. She used mayo and dill pickle relish and just a little bit of white vinegar. (06/19/2007)

    By Jill

    Tartar Sauce Recipe

    My son has worked in a lot of restaurants and he said most of them just mix mayo with pickle relish. That's what I do. About 1 teaspoon of relish to 6 tablespoons of mayo. (06/19/2007)

    By ruthvalleygal

    Tartar Sauce Recipe

    Mayo and sweet relish (or dill), a few drops of lemon juice, and sometimes if I have time, I boil an egg and chop it up.

    But for a quick one; mayo and relish with lemon juice to taste. Just mix til you get your taste. Oh, that sounds good now with some fish sticks! (06/19/2007)

    By Annie Rios Hill

    Tartar Sauce Recipe

  • 1/2 cup Miracle Whip
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 Tbsp pickle relish
  • 1 green onion chopped fine
  • Dash of paprika

    I make this for our family, and people ask for my recipe often. (06/20/2007)

    By jcrider

    Tartar Sauce Recipe

    Fast and simple; use 1,000 island dressing. That's it! It has all the ingredients and more! I always keep a bottle on hand for this purpose and sometimes add a little horseradish for a bite. Oh, and I purchase it at the dollar store. (06/20/2007)

    By Julia Younglblood

    Tartar Sauce Recipe

    Just use a dollop of mayonnaise and sweet pickle relish to taste. My whole family loves it. (06/23/2007)

    By PhoenixSunshine7

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