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Tartar Sauce


This is the best homemade tartar sauce! Creamy and herby, it boasts a fresh tangy flavor that pairs beautifully with seafood dishes. This condiment is also a dipping sauce for French fries and veggies.


  • 1 cup mayonnaise (real mayo, not dressing)
  • 5 tablespoons sour cream
  • 5 tablespoons minced kosher dill pickles
  • 2 tablespoons pickle juice (from the jar)
  • 2 tablespoons minced white onion
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh Italian parsley (leaves, no stems)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon minced fresh dill
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced non-pareil capers
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • 1 pinch garlic powder


  1. In a small mixing bowl, stir mayo and sour cream together.
  2. Add all other ingredients to the bowl. Mix well to combine.
  3. Do a taste test. Adjust spices, as needed.
  4. To thicken, chill, and fully develop it’s flavor profile, refrigerate 1 hour before serving.


  • FRESH INGREDIENTS: For the best-tasting condiment always use fresh ingredients to include firm crunchy pickles and un-wilted herbs.
  • MAYONNAISE: Do not substitute low-fat mayo or dressing for this important ingredient. Your taste buds will notice the difference!
  • TANGY VS SWEET: Kosher pickles give this recipe a delightful tang. But if you desire a sweeter taste, use sweet pickles or sweet relish. Or sprinkle in a teaspoon of granulated sugar.
  • HOW TO STORE TARTAR SAUCE: Transfer to a glass salad dressing bottle or a small container with a tight-fitting lid. Refrigerate.
  • HOW LONG DOES TARTAR SAUCE LAST? When made with fresh crisp ingredients and refrigerated, it can be kept for up to 1 week. 
  • MORE INFO ABOUT THIS RECIPE: Further tips are included in the body of the post, along with helpful step-by-step recipe images.
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 Minutes
  • Category: Condiments
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: French

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