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This delicious homemade Tartar Sauce recipe is a classic and a family favorite! It is easy to make and uses ingredients you have on hand for a simple, delicious sauce to serve with fish and seafood.

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My family loves fresh fish and seafood of all kinds. We enjoy this scrumptious, yet simple to make, homemade Tartar Sauce with many varieties of the fish. In five minutes or less, I have this fresh, homemade tartar sauce prepared and ready for serving. It’s so good and so easy to make, I can’t imagine buying the bottled variety.

Tartar Sauce Recipe

A dollop on top of fish tacos, a shrimp wrap, or just a simple piece of fresh fish or seafood takes them to a whole new level! It makes me find every excuse to serve fish more often!

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How to Make Tartar Sauce

To make this, you’ll use these ingredients:

  • Mayonnaise or Yogurt
  • Sweet Pickle Relish (and some of it’s juice) or Capers
  • Yellow Mustard
  • Lemon Juice
  • Salt and Pepper

Thankfully, it uses ingredients that I normally have on hand.

You simply stir these ingredients together until combined. Serve immediately or if making ahead, place it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

I like to make it a bit in advance of serving and store in the refrigerator. It allows the tartar sauce to thicken as it chills as well as allowing the flavors to develop more fully. However, my son prefers it freshly made so I usually make it right before serving when he’s involved. Either way, it’s incredible!

Here’s my recipe for Tartar Sauce. I think you’ll love it.

Tartar Sauce Recipe

Sauces 5 mins

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Prep Time 5 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Tartar Sauce is a classic sauce recipe to serve with fish and seafood. This tartar sauce recipe uses ingredients you have on hand for a simple, delicious sauce every time!


  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise or yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish or capers
  • 1 teaspoon juice of pickle relish
  • 2 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Stir together mayonnaise, relish and juice, mustard, lemon juice, salt, and pepper until well combined. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to two weeks.


To make ahead. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
To freeze. I do not recommend freezing this recipe as it is mayonnaise based and it will change the texture.

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Robyn Stone

Robyn Stone is a wife, mom, blogger, recipe developer, and cookbook author. Welcome to Add a Pinch where I share thousands of delicious, tested and perfected easy recipes that the whole family will love.

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  1. I tried your “Best Ever Cocktail Sauce” and loved it. Now I can make my own tarter sauce and know it will be just as good. Thanks Robyn for the great recipes! Pinning it!!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the cocktail sauce, Kim! It’s my go-to for sure and so easy! This tartar sauce is just as easy and just as delicious. I think you’ll enjoy it, too!!!

    2. This was the perfect amounts of all ingredients- definitely better than store bought and restaurant!! So yummy (and easy)

  2. Thank U Robyn for the tarter sauce recipe.I am a seafood fan , so i know i will use this recipe often.