Easy Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe

Who knew that tartar sauce takes just minutes to make? Recipe developer, Erin Johnson, brings us this recipe for an easy homemade tartar sauce. Just like the name suggests, this recipe couldn't be any easier. With only seven ingredients combined in only one bowl, you will likely never buy storebought tartar sauce again. Yep, you read that right. This recipe can be made in only one bowl! Does it even count as cooking if you don't make a mess in your kitchen?

"This tartar sauce is the perfect accompaniment to any seafood dish," Johnson says. "It takes only moments to mix together and tastes better than any store bought version." We'd recommend this sauce with jerk shrimp burgers or the classic pairing fish and chips. But we have also tried and loved spreading this sauce on baked potatoes, roasted veggies, or in a sandwich. Smooth, creamy, and just a bit tangy from the capers and pickles, this easy homemade tartar sauce will become your new go-to for seafood and beyond.

Gather your ingredients for easy homemade tartar sauce

To make this easy homemade tartar sauce, you can start by gathering your ingredients. For this recipe, you will need mayonnaise, shallots, capers, dill pickles, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper.

Mix the mayo, shallot, capers, and pickles

In a small bowl, add the mayonnaise and the chopped shallot. The shallot adds a subtle sweetness to the tartar sauce that helps to balance out the majority of savory ingredients in this sauce. Then, add in the chopped capers and chopped dill pickles. These two ingredients add brine and tanginess that contribute to the familiar taste you expect of tartar sauce. They also significantly brighten up the creaminess of the rich mayonnaise, leading to a more balanced flavor.

Stir in the Dijon and Worcestershire sauce

Lastly, add the Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Stir the entire mixture well to ensure that the ingredients are well incorporated. Add pepper to taste.

Serve and enjoy

Once the sauce is all mixed together, you're ready to serve it as desired. Serve with fried seafood, fresh shrimp, or even slather some sauce on a burger! And do keep any leftovers — "Refrigerate for up to a week," Johnson notes.

Easy Homemade Tartar Sauce Recipe
5 from 44 ratings
Skip the store-bought stuff and make this fresh and easy homemade tartar sauce instead.
Prep Time
Cook Time
tartar sauce in small bowl
Total time: 5 minutes
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons capers, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dill pickle, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  1. Combine the mayo and shallot.
  2. Stir in capers and pickle.
  3. Add the Dijon and Worcestershire and stir well to combine.
  4. Add pepper to taste.
Calories per Serving 213
Total Fat 22.3 g
Saturated Fat 3.3 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 11.3 mg
Total Carbohydrates 2.9 g
Dietary Fiber 0.6 g
Total Sugars 1.3 g
Sodium 229.4 mg
Protein 0.5 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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