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Easy Tartar Sauce

The difference between store-bought and homemade Tartar sauce is HUGE! Here I'll show you easiest and most delicious way to make Tartar sauce at home.
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Course: Condiment, sauce
Cuisine: French
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 8
Calories per serving: 197kcal
Author: Chris
Cost per serving: £1 / $1


  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Small Mixing Bowl
  • Spatula


  • 1 cup / 240g Full Fat Mayo
  • 2 tbsp Capers, finely diced (can roughly dice or keep whole if you wanted)
  • 2 tbsp finely diced Cornichons/Gherkins (see notes)
  • 1 heaped tbsp finely diced Fresh Parsley
  • 2 tsp finely diced Fresh Dill
  • 1 Lemon, juice only (or to taste - see notes)


  • Combine all of your ingredients in a small mixing bowl or pot and adjust to taste. See recipe notes for subs/suggestions!

Quick Demo


a) Lemon Juice - This is add a hit of acidity. Tartar sauce is classically paired with fish, so a good hit of lemon also compliments that too. If you don't have lemon juice you can sub white wine vinegar, or even the brine from the cornichons/gherkins. In all cases just start off with around 1tbsp and adjust accordingly. I usually use a whole lemon (approx 2 tbsp), but work to taste. Tartar is usually fairly tangy.
b) Cornichons - These are small pickled cucumbers (about the size of your pinky). If you can't find them just use regular Gherkins. If you're in the US you're after Dill Pickles.
c) Salt, Pepper & Sugar - I don't usually add salt because the capers are already quite salty, but you can add a pinch if you want. If you find the dip too acidic/salty just add a dash of white sugar to balance out the flavours. You can also add black or white pepper if you wish.
d) Make Ahead - I highly recommend making this ahead of time and resting in the fridge until needed! This will help marry the flavours together. It'll last 4-7 days tightly covered in the fridge (longer at your discretion).
e) Calories - one serving (8 in total)
Nutrition Facts
Easy Tartar Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 197 Calories from Fat 191
% Daily Value*
Fat 21.24g33%
Saturated Fat 3.321g21%
Trans Fat 0.053g
Polyunsaturated Fat 12.619g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.798g
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 366mg16%
Potassium 41mg1%
Carbohydrates 1.42g0%
Fiber 0.4g2%
Sugar 0.51g1%
Protein 0.53g1%
Vitamin A 84IU2%
Vitamin C 3.6mg4%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 0.26mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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